â€œLazy earâ€ as cause of hearing deprivation
Phonecaption's Blog Scientists at have gained insight into a cause of hearing loss that stems from early childhood. Just as â€œlazy eyeâ€ is caused by lapses in one eyes transmission of signals to the brain during critical development times, hearing loss may be caused by lapses in auditory transmission during childhood development. Just as eye training can [...]
Fri, Oct 26 2012
Despite what you may have heard, thereâ€™s no boom in...
Phonecaption's Blog [link] Excerpt from article: [D]epending on volume and duration, the harm caused by very loud music can either be temporary, lasting up to 48 hours, or more permanent: â€œIf you go to a hard-rock concert, and itâ€™s really loud and your ears are ringing when you go home or you feel like youâ€™ve got cotton [...]
Fri, Oct 26 2012
Study shows ear infections may be caused by air pollution
Phonecaption's Blog Childhood ear infections are so prevalent in the USA that they cost billions of dollars to treat every year. Researchers at UCLA and Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital in Boston have determined that there is a significant correlation between childhood ear infections and air quality, with an increased rate of infection in geographical areas effected by [...]
Fri, Oct 26 2012
Study shows ear infections may be caused by air pollution
Phonecaption's Blog Childhood ear infections are so prevalent in the USA that they cost billions of dollars to treat every year. Researchers at UCLA and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have determined that there is a significant correlation between childhood ear infections and air quality, with an increased rate of infection in geographical areas effected by air [...]
Fri, Mar 19 2010
“Lazy ear” as cause of hearing deprivation
Phonecaption's Blog Scientists at have gained insight into a cause of hearing loss that stems from early childhood. Just as “lazy eye” is caused by lapses in one eyes transmission of signals to the brain during critical development times, hearing loss may be caused by lapses in auditory transmission during childhood development. Just as eye training can correct “lazy [....
Tue, Mar 16 2010
Despite what you may have heard, there’s no boom in...
Phonecaption's Blog [link] Excerpt from article: [D]epending on volume and duration, the harm caused by very loud music can either be temporary, lasting up to 48 hours, or more permanent: “If you go to a hard-rock concert, and it's really loud and your ears are ringing when you go home or you feel like you've got cotton in your [...]
Thu, Mar 11 2010
Youtube turns on auto-captioning for all videos
Phonecaption's Blog Youtube has now turned on auto-captioning for all videos. This means that Google's voice recognition software will automatically supply captions for every video uploaded to Youtube. Of course voice recognition software often makes mistakes, especially when dealing with poor audio and when it is processing audio quickly. If you have uploaded any videos to Youtube...
Thu, Mar 04 2010
Drugs with tinnitus as sound effect: an important resource!
Phonecaption's Blog Do you feel the effects of tinnitus? (Ringing in the ears?) Are you currently taking any prescription medication? Many people take prescription medications without knowing that the drug may cause tinnitus. If you are trying to determine the cause of your tinnitus, or are worried that starting a new medication may exacerbate your tinnitus, check the following [...]
Wed, Mar 03 2010
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Phonecaption's Blog Take a look at the following link for some new bluetooth products designed especially to facilitate communication as well as listening to music for hard-of-hearing individuals: [link]
Fri, Feb 19 2010
Phonecaption's Blog With the Olympic Games currently underway in Vancouver, we thought this would be a good opportunity to post an informative article about the deaf olympics, which have been held separately from the mainstream games since 1924. This article, about deaf bowling champion Chang Lee-hsiao, explains why it is that deaf athletes compete separately, as well as [...]
Wed, Feb 17 2010
Baby boomers not losing hearing as quickly as older...
Phonecaption's Blog Contrary to many people's expectations, members of the baby boom generation are actually retaining their hearing longer than members of older generations. Despite the introduction of loud concerts and stereo systems during many boomers' formative years, they still maintain their hearing longer than their parents' generation. Why? It may be because th...
Thu, Jan 14 2010
RIT’s SpiRIT Writing Contest
Phonecaption's Blog The Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf will be holding a writing contest for deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students in 10th or 11th grade. Winners can choose between a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf or a $500 cash [...]
Wed, Jan 13 2010
Increase in online captioning
Phonecaption's Blog Television content is required by law to feature on-screen captions. Internet-based video, however, does not have the same requirements, so a very large amount of videos on the internet are not captioned. With the increase in viewership of web-based video, this has begun to change. Please see the following article from Wisconsin's Center for the Deaf and [...]
Tue, Jan 12 2010
Hard-of-hearing and deaf in recent movies
Phonecaption's Blog This Flixster.com user has made a list of recent movies that include hard-of-hearing or deaf characters. There are a good amount of lists concerning the subject, but there is a surprisingly low amount of lists out there that include recent movies, so this list may prove to be quite useful. Click here to see the list. [...]
Fri, Jan 08 2010
Rocky Stone Endowment Scholarships and the HLAA convention
Phonecaption's Blog Are you or anyone you know interested in attending the Hearing Loss Association of America convention in June 2010? The Rocky Stone Endowment fund offers scholarships to HLAA members who have not previously attended a convention. The deadline for application is March 1st. For more information on the Rocky Stone Endowment Scholarship, click here. For more information o...
Thu, Jan 07 2010
Phonecaption's Blog Many of us do not know it, but certain medications, in high doses, can have negative effects on our hearing. The term for this is “ototoxicity”- toxic to the ear. Known autotoxic prescription drugs include antibiotics in the aminoglycoside family, the loop diuretic frusemide (Lasix), and the chemotherapeutic drugs cisplatin and carboplatin. Among over-the-...
Tue, Jan 05 2010
Phonecaption's Blog Have you ever heard the term “psychophysics?” Not many people have. And to many who have heard the word, it sounds like something out of a cheesy science fiction novel. But, in reality, psychophysics is an important branch of psychology that deals with the relationship between stimuli and the perceptions and cognitive functions that they produce. It [...]
Tue, Dec 29 2009
Cochlear implant program at ECU celebrates 10 years
Phonecaption's Blog Original article can be found at Reflector.com. Excerpts: “On Oct. 24, 12 cochlear implant recipients, their family and friends joined ECU speech and audiology faculty to commemorate the occasion. More than 80 adults have received implants and services since 1999 from the program's team of specialists.” “Cochlear implants are small, complex ele...
Fri, Dec 25 2009
Auditory health and US health care reform
Phonecaption's Blog With the imminent vote on the Senate health reform bill in the USA, this article is especially relevant. The bill, if it is passed, will include provisions that are intended to curb the practice of insurance companies denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. As the author points out, the current practice can have consequences for the [...]
Wed, Dec 23 2009
Educator’s Guide to Hearing Disability
Phonecaption's Blog This page is a few years old but it still provides useful information about hearing disabilities, aimed specifically at educators: An Educator's Guide to Hearing Disability Issues
Tue, Dec 15 2009
Signing Santa in Georgia
Phonecaption's Blog Excerpt: “I see they enjoy it and I get joy seeing them get excited about Christmas. They're excited that Santa knows how to sign and that makes them feel connected,” Santa Claus told News Leader Nine. Solomon added, “It's important for them to feel like they've talked to Santa in some case so they know what they [...]
Fri, Dec 11 2009
Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in...
Phonecaption's Blog In the following video, we meet many deaf and hearing impaired individuals with successful careers in computer science. Towards the end, there is a brief discussion of video relay services. (The video was recorded in 2008.)
Thu, Dec 10 2009
Human brain fills in gaps to create illusion of continuous...
Phonecaption's Blog Have you ever felt like you were hearing sounds that were not actually there? Like your ears were “filling in” gaps? It is actually quite normal and scientists at Maastricht University in The Netherlands are studying this mechanism by which the human brain “fills in” sound. The human ear picks up on many sounds at a time [...]
Sat, Nov 28 2009
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in...
Phonecaption's Blog Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio have found that hearing-impaired individuals are routinely excluded from academic studies- and they would like to change that. Professor Shirley Moore at Case Western's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) is leading the 2-year study. The study's goal is to give researchers the abili...
Tue, Nov 17 2009
Hearing and teeth grinding
Phonecaption's Blog Does someone you know grind his or her teeth? Teeth grinding is a condition that is well worth treating and is often not that difficult to cope with. Aside from resulting in ground-down teeth, the constant activity by the jaw muscle can damage your eustachian tubes and ultimately your ears. If you are concerned about teeth grinding, [...]
Sat, Nov 14 2009
How to increase your child’s aural health
Phonecaption's Blog Childhood ear infections are often benign but a child's ears are very sensitive and a parent should take as many steps as possible to increase a child's aural health. Take a look at the following link for 5 tips on increasing a child's aural health from a young age.
Thu, Nov 12 2009
The Hearing Loss Association of American and Health Care...
Phonecaption's Blog The following is taken from the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) website: “In our ongoing efforts to work toward health care reform that includes people with hearing loss, HLAA sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Our leaders must consider people with hearing loss as they [...]
Tue, Nov 10 2009
Hearing loss and employment
Phonecaption's Blog Learn more about hearing loss and employment- in particular, how hearing impairment should be accommodated, how it to recognize when it is not properly accommodated, and some of the incentives in place to encourage small business owners to provide accommodation. HearingLossWeb: Hearing Loss and Employment
Tue, Nov 03 2009
Scientists discover new cells in the cochlea
Phonecaption's Blog Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have made a discovery that could change the way we think about hearing. Most of what neurologists know about hearing is based on one set of highly active, large, and relatively easy-to-detect neurons. But the team at Johns Hopkins has discovered a very tiny second set of neurons in the snail [...]
Sat, Oct 31 2009
Accessible personal computers
Phonecaption's Blog Using a personal computer requires mainly visual cues. But in Mac and Windows operating systems, aural cues – “alert sounds” – are a key component as well. Fortunately, both Windows and Mac OS operating systems have visual alerts designed to make themselves more more convenient for hearing impaired users. In Microsoft Windows, this can be accom...
Thu, Oct 29 2009
Xylitol and aural health
Phonecaption's Blog If you chew gum, you have probably seen “xylitol” listed as an ingredient in many brands. Xylitol is a low-calorie natural alternative sweetener that is common in American-made sweets and is even more common in candies from Europe and Asia. Its well-known benefits include cavity prevention and it is also known to be safe for diabetics [...]
Sat, Oct 24 2009
Phone captioning not just for the deaf
Phonecaption's Blog Phone captions are frequently used by those with total hearing loss, but they can help others, too. Phone captions can also be very useful to individuals who make use of hearing aids. If you experience pain in your ears while talking over the phone with your hearing aid or have difficulty adjusting your hearing aid's volume to [...]
Wed, Oct 21 2009
Audiology: a top career choice
Phonecaption's Blog US News and World Report recently named Audiology as one of their top careers! Every year, the magazine publishes a list of careers with the best outlook for the current year and beyond as well as the highest rate of job satisfaction. In this recessionary economy, it must have been especially difficult to generate the list. Audiology [...]
Fri, Oct 16 2009
Ipods and Tinnitus
Phonecaption's Blog An urban legend says that, when your ears ring, that means you will never hear that frequency again. This urban legend is just that- an urban legend. What that urban legend refers to is a common condition called tinnitus. Health professionals often refer to the dangers of wearing headphones and list “tinnitus” as one of the [...]
Thu, Oct 15 2009
Did You Know?
Phonecaption's Blog Research has shown that aging is not the main culprit of hearing loss, but is in fact high amounts of loud sounds over an extended period of time if over 85dB ( decibels) . Most people would not willingly choose to put themselves in any situation that they know could be damaging to their health. [...]
Thu, Sep 24 2009
Protecting Your Health’s Future, Now.
Phonecaption's Blog The dangers of hearing loss are much too often overlooked by today's youth. In the same capacity, precautions taken by those who are aware of these dangers are often neglected by the youth at large, and little attention is paid to auditory health. How many people do you know that wear earplugs to the movies? [...]
Tue, Sep 15 2009
Have a Blackberry? You’re eligable for captions, too.
Phonecaption's Blog Certainly, busy individuals whose professional life is coupled with much haste cannot be tied down to their desk at work. And, as our technology has advanced, we've taken into account peoples hectic schedules. This way of life, particularly in a metropolis, is inevitable. Recognizing this has allowed us to tie PhoneCaption to your personalized PDA [...]
Mon, Sep 14 2009
Reflections of an Empathetic Audiologist
Phonecaption's Blog Certainly, the profession of audiology is one that relishes in the science of hearing and the study of auditory vestibular processes, while studying, fully, the anatomy, and physiology, pathology and development of these processes. And, while the science and anatomy bear great consequence on the profession, so do the evaluation, habilitation, rehabilitation, and couns...
Fri, Sep 11 2009
Read Your Captions Loud and Clear
Phonecaption's Blog Luckily, among all the technology made readily available and accessible to the common, everyday layperson we see shining through an innovative, albeit overdue service that is not only free, but unbelievably convenient. This service is called PhoneCaption and it serves as a means by which those that are hard of hearing can communicate over the [...]
Wed, Sep 09 2009
Education and Application
Phonecaption's Blog Research has shown that aging is not the main culprit of hearing loss, but is in fact high amounts of loud sounds over an extended period of time if over 85dB. Most people would not willingly choose to put themselves in any situation that they know could be damaging to their health. Still quite a [...]
Tue, Sep 08 2009
Hope for Help
Phonecaption's Blog If you are one of the several million Americans suffering from any degree of hearing loss, there is help. The Help and Support for Hearing Loss Group aims to aid individuals with hearing impairments, as well as other ear conditions such as Tinnitus, Meniere's disease, and Hyperacusis. Not only will you find information on the [...]
Fri, Sep 04 2009
Medical Intracices of Hearing Loss
Phonecaption's Blog The acoustic nerve, located in the internal acoustic canal, is one of 12 cranial nerves, or nerves responsible for carrying information to the brain. This nerve in particular is actually a pair of two large nerves that consist of the cochlear nerve, which is responsible for sensing sound, and the vestibular nerve, which senses equilibrium [...]
Thu, Sep 03 2009
Anticipated, Approved, Achieved- Free Services for Hard of...
Phonecaption's Blog Since January 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved American Network to provide IP Relay, Video Relay Services and Phone Captioning to individuals who are hard of hearing or are deaf. PhoneCaption, in particular, caters to hard of hearing individuals and the free service maintains valiant efforts to ease and facilitate communication levels. The ...
Mon, Aug 31 2009
Loud Exposure to Music Players: Problematic for Europeans...
Phonecaption's Blog Research in Brussels, found in the New York Times, reports that a scientific study done by the European Union warns that young people do not realize the damage of exposure to loud personal music devices. A team of nine specialists on the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks warns that these damaging [...]
Fri, Aug 28 2009
Caring for your Health and Hearing
Phonecaption's Blog The fact of the matter lies in that every individual should care for his or her hearing, as much as they do the rest of their body. Notwithstanding, with a service like PhoneCaption, no longer should the deaf and hard of hearing feel victimized in a world where the ability to hear is often abused [...]
Wed, Aug 26 2009
Supporting Us All
Phonecaption's Blog It is certainly alarming that collective noise surpassing 85 dB in an eight hour period is detrimental to hearing and the primary causal factor of hearing loss. Needless to say, such an issue necessitates that all individuals actively participate and contribute to reducing noise levels and instilling a better quality of life for all Americans. [...]
Fri, Aug 21 2009
Be Conscious of Commuting Noises
Phonecaption's Blog According to a recent survey by U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, just under 1.9 million (55%) of New Yorkers took public transportation in 2005. This means that at least once a day, more than half of these city dwellers may be exposed to about 90dB of sound waiting for the train or bus that [...]
Tue, Aug 18 2009
The Who: Their Experience with Noise Induced Hearing Damage
Phonecaption's Blog On May 31, 1976 at Charlton Athletic Football Ground in London, England, The Who gave a performance that is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the loudest concert of all time, yielding 126dB 32 meters from the stage. That is about as loud as an air raid siren or a military jet [...]
Mon, Aug 17 2009
Hearing Loss Assocation of America ( HLAA) Walk for Hearing
Phonecaption's Blog The Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA offers support, services, and myriad of information to individuals who are personally affected with hearing loss, or know someone, personally, who is. They have several chapters and support groups as well. They are advocating their noble cause by [....
Thu, Aug 13 2009
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