Search for Transparent Face Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Samu

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NPR Podcast Enforces That There Is Still Work to Be Done

In a recent NPR podcast, Dave Davies interviews David Owen, a staff writer for The New Yorker, about his recent book, Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World.

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KNOW HOW | The Beep that Keeps Me Up at Night

It is 2:00 am. I am searching through my house to find the smoke alarm that is running out of battery. Why does it always seem to go off at 2:00 am?! This sound is familiar to many of us; however, most alerting devices (alarm clocks, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, weather monitors, etc.) have one thing in common: alerting users with a high-pitch auditory signal. This raises a significant concern. Patients who are deaf or are hard of hearing may not be able to hear an alerting signal unaided, which puts their lives at risk and can make them less independent. 

Topic(s): Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, safety

You Took Your Keys When Exiting the Vehicle…But

But, did you push the ignition button?

The Kentucky Commission of Deaf and Hard Hearing have a public service announcement warning of the dangers of keyless ignition cars.

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Beethoven’s Tragic Hearing Loss

"For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because it is impossible for me to say to people 'I am deaf'," he wrote. "If I belonged to any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a frightful state."  

Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the most immortal composers of all time. Born in December 1770, Beethoven enjoyed early success as a composer and musician. Tragically, he suffered from progressive hearing loss that reportedly started in his mid- to late 20s. 

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How Do You Sign, “Venti Berry Hibiscus Refresher”?

Well, you better get working on your signing skills for that favorite drink of yours. Then take the Red Line on the DC metro to the Union Station, do not walk toward the Capitol, but go the other way towards 6th and H streets. There, in the very near future, you will find a Starbucks store to practice your newly polished signing skills.

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Is it Beneficial for Deaf Children to Learn Sign Language?

A researcher at the University of Connecticut, Marie Coppola, recently received a  National Science Foundation grant  "to study the impact of early language experiences—whether spoken or signed—on how children learn." She theorizes that the difference in success is not a matter of whether the language is spoken or signed but rather if the access to any language is early or late.

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SignAloud Invention

Two University of Washington (UW) undergraduates have recently (April 2016) won a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for gloves that translate sign language into text or speech. The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a nationwide search for the most innovative undergraduate and graduate students.

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Save Your Hearing Day

May 31 ends Better Hearing and Speech Month with National #SaveYourHearingDay. It is important to take some time to learn ways to protect your hearing and that of your family. Our hearing is vital, and there are ways that hearing loss can be avoidable.

There are various reasons from which hearing loss can be the result, including the following:

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