Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Scientists believe when hair cells are damaged the brain compensates by generating the perception of a buzzing or ringing in the ears know as tinnitus. Like a radio station out of range, the brain tries harder to pick up a signal and the result is only loud static. The phantom auditory sensation is like a missing arm or leg. We still can experience pain in even in a limb that has been amputated. Other causes of tinnitus include head and neck trauma, advancing age, certain types of tumors, wax buildup and some medications including certain antibiotics, according to the American Tinnitus Association. More than 50 million Americans experience some degree of tinnitus.
Friday, December 25, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
American Sign Language was only taught in six school districts in Missouri in four years ago when the state passed a law allowing high school and college students to earn foreign language credit for studying ASL. Now, sign classes are offered in at least 15 Missouri schools in 11 districts.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
An FDA panel is recommending approval of a new hearing device based on pacemaker technology. Developed by Minnesota-based Envoy Medical Corporation (formerly St. Croix Medical), the Esteem hearing restoration system is placed under the skin behind the ear. It is completely invisible to others. Already approved in Europe, doctors have implanted it in 250 people. The price tag will be about $30,000 and that includes surgery and follow-up testing.
In 2010, some people may get improved hearing with the help of their teeth. That's the claim of Sonitus Medical of San Mateo, California. The company says it has come up with a small device that wraps around the teeth and helps people who have hearing problems on one side. It helps users better pinpoint the location source of sounds. Here's how it works: A small microphone picks up noices in the deaf ear, transforms them into vibrations and sends them through the teeth, down the jawbone and finally to the cochlea in the ear that is functioning. Some hearing aids already use this sort of bone conductivity but require drilling into the skull or headsets. The Cleveland Clinic says the device will be the top medical innovation for hearing in 2010. Researchers say it is fairly comfortable and doesn't damage the teeth. Sonitus Medical will submit their study results to the FDA for approval during early 2010 and it could be on the market by the end of the year.
Monday, December 21, 2009
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
New research shows spoken English has more redundancy than the signed equivalent, helping to explain why sentences can be signed by interpreters in about the same time it takes to speak them. Scientists at Princeton University compared the fundamental unit of data of ASL (the handshape) to the fundamental units for spoken languages (phonemes). The results indicate that the information contained in the 45 handshapes making up ASL is higher than the amount of information contained in phonemes. Even though it takes longer to sign words, signers can keep up with speakers because the low redundancy rate compensates for the slower rate of signing.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Technical college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York
Faculty and staff: 594
Annual revenue: $85 million
Liberal arts institution for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Washington, D.C.
Faculty and staff: 1086
Annual revenue: $178 million
Sunday, December 13, 2009
- 45.5% say deafness is a distinct culture rather than a disability.
- 72.3% indicated no preference as to whether they had deaf or hearing children.
- 60% believed that reproductive technologies, when used to select for or against deafness, should not be available to the Deaf Community.
Read more about the study here in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Hurwitz also plans to connect Gallaudet to its natural rival, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester by starting a service involving both institutions aimed at helping veterans who have lost hearing fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan . Another joint partnership will allow health care students to start their studies at Gallaudet and finish at NTID.
Hurwitz is also thinking internationally. He traveled to Russia this month to meet with the leaders of Russia's largest deaf organizations. They are working on ways to get help deaf Russians further their education.
This May he’ll take another trip. Hurwitz will visit the White House where Barack Obama will join him in signing Gallaudet diplomas.
The Cochlear Implant Program of Eastern Carolina is celebrating a decade of operation. The service is run by East Carolina University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. More than 80 adults have received implants and services since it began in 1999. The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing gave the school one of nine $15,000 fellowships this year.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
"I give all the credit to Jon Jones. He caught me by surprise with an awesome trip and I dislocated my shoulder when we hit the ground. I knew it was probably over at that point but I will die before I tap so I did the best I could under the circumstances. We train to wind up in bad positions and it paid off because I felt I was still able to defend even though I knew I couldn’t get up. Jon’s young and full of so much talent. He definitely didn’t lose this fight and I definitely didn’t win, but I guess the rules are there for a reason."
Read more here.
The annual Illinois statewide Deaf Finger-Spelling Bee takes place today. It's the 13th year for the competition. The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is hosting the event where students use sign language to spell the words. They are divided into two groups: 5th and 6th graders will compete against each other while 7th and 8th graders make up the other group. Read more about it here.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Deaf ultimate fighter finalist Matt Hamil defeated Jon Jones Saturday night to earn $46,000. Spike TV featured the Las Vegas fight that drew 1400 spectators. Jones landed a series of punches and elbows early but was docked a point for an illegal elbow. Hamil was unable to continue the fight and Mazzagatti awarded Hamil the victory due to disqualification.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association reports that one in every 20 school-aged children may have mild hearing loss that could affect their academic work and more than one-third of them are expected to fail at least one grade at school.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The nonprofit educational organization says only 12% of US kids with significant hearing loss use a hearing aid. Often, the problem is insurance. Some parents are concerned about a “stigma” associated with wearing a hearing aid. But the most likely reason children aren’t wearing hearing aids when they need them is the fact that the hearing problem is not diagnosed.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Police are looking for two men who robbed two deaf men at gunpoint in Wilkesboro, North Carolina yesterday. The deaf mew were headed to a Walmart store when a pickup truck began flashing its lights at them on a private road. When the two stopped, two Hispanic men threatened the deaf men at gun point and yelling, though the victims did not know what they were saying.