Hearing Aids to Prevent Falls?

A study is being set up to research whether hearing aids and other devices can help prevent falls. UT Dallas researchers are recruiting patients for a new study to look at a possible connection between hearing deficits and the likelihood of falls. They are looking for 10 adults, ages 50 to 80 years, who have […]

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Emergency Service for the Deaf and Speech-Impaired

It looks like emergency service via 911 is becoming a reality for the deaf and speech-impaired in North America. In Canada, it was announced recently that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has ordered that wireless carriers must make changes to make it possible for 911 to be available via text messaging within twelve months. […]

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Donating Your Hearing Aids

Do you have hearing aids sitting in the drawer or in your closet that you don’t wear any more, but don’t know what to do with them? Or do you have hearing aids from family members who have passed away or those who now have cochlear implants and don’t wear the hearing aids anymore? There […]

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Deaf Culture

Deaf culture. Notice that I spelled it with a big “D.” There are people who are deaf, and then there are people who are Deaf. There’s a difference; the oral deaf tend to either live part-time in both Deaf and hearing worlds or live mainly in the hearing world. The manual deaf (those who sign […]

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Sign Language Dictionaries

Seeing that I helped to dispel the myth of the “universal sign language” and started the Sign Language Series, I figured I had better put up sources of dictionaries of sign language, print or online. You may want to consider three sources. Let’s go through them. Print dictionaries: Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary […]

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Deaf Business Feature: Ultratec, Inc.

I want to feature a deaf-owned business that is a leader in text telecommunications, Ultratec (www.ultratec.com). Robert Engelke started his business in 1978 out of the basement of his home in Wisconsin (now based in Madison, Wisconsin). At the time, he was an electrical engineer designing devices for people with communication disorders. You have to […]

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Video Phone Technology

Today is an amazing time for deaf people, with an array of communication tools available for communicating with each other that is much faster and more elegant than the TTY. Now, we can IM, text, and email each other. Imagine signing with your phone! You can do that now with Video Phone technology. Video Phone […]

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Infrasonic Experiments

Today, I’ll “go around the bend” here and bring up something unusual that I had touched on earlier; infrasound and elephants. This time I will look at how infrasound affects humans from experiments conducted on human subjects. 20Hz is considered the bottom limit of the frequency range of human hearing. When pure sine waves are […]

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Noise Pollution

It seems to be that noise pollution is all around us. Hearing people generally have no escape from it unless they take steps to mitigate it. You can be near construction work sites for some time. An airport is nearby, or railroad tracks are close by. Maybe you live in a unhealthy, crime-ridden area where […]

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