congenital deafness

congenital deafness

Rebecca Krill’s TED Talk: How Technology Has Changed What It’s Like to Be Deaf

By Erin Schafer, PhD


As audiologists, we live and breathe hearing technology, but we don’t always have the opportunity to learn about how a lifetime of hearing technology shaped a person’s life.


I had the distinct pleasure of learning about Rebecca Krill’s journey with congenital hearing loss in her recent TED talk, “How technology has changed what it’s like to be deaf.”


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Don’t Try to Whisper to Your Salmon Fillet

Next time you are out to dinner and order that delicious Atlantic salmon, the chances are that it is a fillet of a farm-bred fish. Well! Don’t try to whisper to your dinner because there is about a 50 percent chance that the fish had a hearing loss. Scientists in Australia have discovered that approximately 50 percent of farm-bred salmon have a deformed otolith, the fish’s ear bone, which very likely gives them hearing loss. The deformity appears to occur early in life, and the hearing loss is speculated to get worse as the fish matures.

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