Archive | Hearing Loss

Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language

We’ll be looking at Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL), as it was one of several major parts that came together with French Sign Language (FSL) and various “home sign” systems elsewhere to form American Sign Language (ASL). MVLS originated because of very unusual circumstances arising out of hereditary deafness. It can be traced back to […]

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Deafness 1,000 Years Ago

What was life like for a deaf person, with NO or at most partial access to language, knowledge, history, and culture, the important parts of civilization? If I had been deaf, I would not have participated in a lot of things I do every day. In Greek times, the deaf were not allowed to hold […]

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Music I Listen To

I have listened to music for 35-plus years. What I listen to is necessarily a reflection of my hearing abilities. I have bilateral sensorineural loss in the profound category, so I have to wear the strongest power hearing aids available. My hearing is very rudimentary, in that I don’t have the ability to discern smallest […]

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Hearing Behaviors

I’m just thinking about how hard it is for those of us with hearing aids and speech to function in the hearing world. Hard enough as it is when we have to guess at what people with unfamiliar or hard-to-understand accents in noisy environments are saying, it doesn’t end there. It can be made worse […]

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Australian Sign Language (Auslan)

Today, I’m looking at Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) together, as they are really technically considered two of three major dialects of British Sign Language. You have British, Australian, and New Zealand Sign Language (BAZNSL) as the “family.” They share the grammar, two-handed manual alphabet from Braidwood’s method, and a […]

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Standing Up for Yourself

I was over at a blog written by Jeannette Johnson of The Deaf Edge. She had the foresight (I mean, who wouldn’t help?!) to post to her blog the difficulties experienced by this student who was being denied the opportunity to teach because she needed interpreters to teach classes, and request that her readers respond […]

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Adults With Hearing Loss Have Memory Problems

Who would have thought? In a research study done by hearing experts at Johns Hopkins are saying that older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than those with normal hearing. Over the course of six years, volunteers with hearing loss underwent repeated cognitive tests, and they showed a […]

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