Deafness in LIFE Magazine
Jamie Berke (About.com) As we all know, attitudes towards deafness were different years ago. At the same time, things weren't that different from today! It was fun and fascinating to explore the archives of LIFE magazine to locate deaf-related articles and items of interest. Here's a list of what I found in LIFE magazine's archives from 1935 to 1972.Deafness in LIFE Magazine originally appea...
Wed, Feb 22 2012
Another Role for Russell Harvard
Jamie Berke (About.com) If you saw "The Hammer," you remember that Russell Harvard played the lead role. Now he is acting on the stage. The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Harvard, who plays a deaf character whose hearing parents were anti-sign language. Related: Famous Deaf PeopleAnother Role for Russell Harvard originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Tuesday, February...
Tue, Feb 21 2012
In Some Countries, Deaf Children Still Abandoned
Jamie Berke (About.com) It doesn't happen in developed countries anymore, but it still does in some countries. In Uganda, a 13 year old deaf girl who doesn't even know sign language, was abandoned at a hospital. In addition to being deaf, she had club feet, which were operated on by the hospital. The article says they are seeking help to cover the costs of getting the girl education.In Some ...
Mon, Feb 20 2012
Super Bowl Long Over, But Not the Hurt Feelings
Jamie Berke (About.com) I had watched the Super Bowl as did many deaf and hard of hearing people. I admit I was not aware that Miss Deaf America would be signing the anthem and another song. Then I started seeing posts on Facebook. And now, an op-ed piece in a Houston community newspaper, by someone promoting a petition on Change.org. The petition is getting closer to its goal of 10,00...
Sat, Feb 18 2012
Alexander Bell's Deaf Wife
Jamie Berke (About.com) Valentine's Day may be over, but love stories are forever. The deaf daughter of the first president of National Geographic married Alexander Graham Bell. He was her speech therapist at the time they fell in love. National Geographic honored their memory by posting an illustrated story about their marriage.Alexander Bell's Deaf Wife originally appeared on About.com Dea...
Wed, Feb 15 2012
Jamie Berke (About.com) Are you looking to learn how to lipread but do not want to bother with classes or can't find any training within a reasonable distance? You could try lipreading software. Does it really work? I could not find any independent studies that verified the effectiveness of lipreading software.Lipreading Software originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Tuesday, Fe...
Tue, Feb 14 2012
Does Herpes Cause Hearing Loss?
Jamie Berke (About.com) Apparently herpes can cause hearing loss in a newborn, unless the newborn receives treatment. What about in adults? I couldn't find any information about that other than a mention that herpes might play a role in sudden hearing loss.Does Herpes Cause Hearing Loss? originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 22:25:12.Permalink | Comment ...
Tue, Feb 14 2012
Update: Kids No Hearing Aids
Jamie Berke (About.com) Ten submissions to the new Readers Respond page on Kids Who Do Not Want to Wear Hearing Aids have been published so far. There have been quite a few interesting submissions. One reader made a deal with his grandmother.Update: Kids No Hearing Aids originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at 18:17:36.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Sun, Feb 12 2012
India's Own Inexpensive Cochlear Implant
Jamie Berke (About.com) It was bound to happen. Cochlear implants from the main manufacturers are too expnesive for many in foreign countries. Now India's scientists have come up with an inexpensive cochlear implant of their own, which will have clinical trials soon. How inexpensive? The Indian news media reports that the expected cost is as little as 1 lakh, compared to 7 to 10 lakh for the...
Fri, Feb 10 2012
It's Just a Choice
Jamie Berke (About.com) That's the point of this article in BBC News. The BBC reports on young deaf people who have both chosen and not chosen to, get cochlear implants. Cochlear implants are just a choice to make. We all know that people with cochlear implants can choose to be culturally deaf just as some hard of hearing people identify with the deaf community.It's Just a Choice origi...
Fri, Feb 10 2012
Lawsuit Against CNN Continues
Jamie Berke (About.com) The San Francisco Chronicle carried a report over the weekend about how a federal magistrate ruled that the captioning lawsuit in California against CNN can continue. The lawsuit is actually about the lack of captions on CNN.com. In a rather interesting statement, the lawyer for CNN states that closed captioning would "violate its editorial practices." That must mean ...
Mon, Feb 06 2012
Hearing Teen Tries to Understand
Jamie Berke (About.com) Sometimes teenage boys can be sweet when you least expect it. That certainly is the case in the experience of "Winter" on the forum. Winter is a deaf teenage girl living in a small rural town. She expresses her frustration that many hearing boys she tried to date, would leave because they could not deal with her deafness. Now she is seeing a hearing teenage boy who is...
Sat, Feb 04 2012
Author Posts on Forum
Jamie Berke (About.com) The author of a new book for young people, with a deaf main character, has posted on the forum about her book. In her book "Flying to the Light," the deaf character is a young boy with a type of super power. I have not read this book. If you read it, go back to the forum and post your review!Author Posts on Forum originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Thur...
Thu, Feb 02 2012
What Great Speech You Have!
Jamie Berke (About.com) A student who has taken speech and language classes in college, has a different take on what it means when hearing people compliment deaf people on their speech. According to this student, the compliment means that they recognize that the deaf person put a lot of work into learning how to speak. Read the student's comment on the Readers Respond page on Deaf Speech.Wha...
Tue, Jan 31 2012
Toxoplasmosis as a Cause of Hearing Loss
Jamie Berke (About.com) Do you know anyone whose hearing loss is a result of the toxoplasmosis parasite? And did you know that even though it is considered a risk factor for hearing loss, most newborns are not screened for toxoplasmosis? Fortunately, it is easy to avoid getting the parasite, so not that many babies lose hearing from toxoplasmosis.Toxoplasmosis as a Cause of Hearing Loss orig...
Mon, Jan 30 2012
Rebellious Kids and Hearing Aids
Jamie Berke (About.com) A common problem that parents of deaf and hard of hearing kids seem to face, is that as kids get older, they may be less willing to wear their hearing aids in school. Have you dealt with this? What advice would you give to a parent now facing this challenge? Post your advice to the newest Readers Respond page.Rebellious Kids and Hearing Aids originally appeared ...
Fri, Jan 27 2012
Hard of Hearing Mother is Changing
Jamie Berke (About.com) A frustrated adult child with a hard of hearing mother who is gravitating towards the deaf community, posted on the forum seeking help. Her mother was a lipreader who tried to fit into the hearing world. Today, her mother is in a serious relationship with a deaf man who signs. Now her mother is trying to become part of the deaf community, and her daughter is having di...
Wed, Jan 25 2012
Congrats. You've Got One of Each.
Jamie Berke (About.com) Dianrez added her own experience to the Readers Respond page on Parents Reactions to Deafness. After having twins, the hospital informed them via a note with minimal information that one of the twins was deaf. They received more help from the local school for the deaf.Congrats. You've Got One of Each. originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Monday, January ...
Mon, Jan 23 2012
Jamie Berke (About.com) Photography is something deaf people have done for more than a century. You don't have to be able to hear to wield a camera. Here are some deaf photographers, past and present.Deaf Photographers originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 08:00:38.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Fri, Jan 20 2012
Deaf? Don't Immigrate to Canada.
Jamie Berke (About.com) Canada's policy on legal immigration is that immigrants can not have medical conditions that might present a burden on Canada's health care and social service systems. As a result, Canada denied legal permanent residency to a family with a deaf boy, even after the boy received cochlear implants. A court overrruled that decision, but the final decision still has to be ...
Thu, Jan 19 2012
She's Deaf. Here's a Card. Have a Nice Day.
Jamie Berke (About.com) Those three sentences sum up the experience of a young mother whose baby failed hearing screening tests before leaving the hospital. Read her experience on the Readers Respond page on Parents' Reaction to Deafness. I have yet to receive a submission from a reader reporting a positive experience before leaving the hospital after giving birth to a deaf baby.She's ...
Wed, Jan 18 2012
FCC Report and Order on Internet Captioning
Jamie Berke (About.com) Remember the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010? How time flies. The Federal Communications Commission has released a report and order on "Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Programming." This report and order can be read online, or downloaded as Word, PDF, or text. I have just begun to read it myself. This document sets out...
Sun, Jan 15 2012
Can Kids' Stem Cells Restore Lost Hearing?
Jamie Berke (About.com) Researchers are hoping to find out. A clinical trial is under way to see if cord blood stem cells are safe and can restore the hearing of children who were born hearing, but then lost hearing. To be eligible for the study, the hearing must have been lost via a non-syndromic cause such as meningitis. The trial is supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Can K...
Thu, Jan 12 2012
Rexton Hearing Aids
Jamie Berke (About.com) Do you have hearing aids with the Rexton brand? (I've never seen Rexton hearing aids) And did you know that Rexton has a special arrangement with the Lions Clubs?Rexton Hearing Aids originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 21:35:44.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Tue, Jan 10 2012
Its Never Too Late to Sign
Jamie Berke (About.com) Just read this article in the Denver Post, written by the hearing brother of a deaf man. He describes how his brother was deprived of normal communication with his family while growing up. The hearing brother went on to become a deaf education professional - with sign language skills.Its Never Too Late to Sign originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Sunday, Janua...
Sun, Jan 08 2012
Deaf Then Becoming Blind
Jamie Berke (About.com) A new submission has been published to the Readers Respond page on deafness and blindness. "Stacey" writes how the syndrome she has, Coogan's Syndrome vasculitis, has made her deaf because the syndrome inflames the blood vessels leading to the ears and the eyes. (I've never heard of this syndrome before.) Now that Stacey is going blind too, she is struggling with losi...
Sat, Jan 07 2012
D.C. Metro Inaccessible for Deaf
Jamie Berke (About.com) This morning, inaccessibility on the Washington, DC Metrorail system was responsible for my being thirty minutes late for work. They were single-tracking, and that information was posted on the electronic boards. My delayed train arrived at the Pentagon and I got out to switch trains. I waited patiently on the platform, and while waiting patiently I noticed many peopl...
Wed, Jan 04 2012
Jamie Berke (About.com) I have never been to a stadium or arena that had captioning. Have you? Here's an interview with a captioning service provider, about stadium captioning.Stadium Captioning originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 21:08:11.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Mon, Jan 02 2012
Do We Suffer From Hearing Loss?
Jamie Berke (About.com) It isn't the immigration status of the parent in this story that bothers me. Nor is it the fact that Medicaid will not pay for a second implant for her child. No, what bothers me is the writer's use of the word "suffer" as in "suffer hearing loss." Is having hearing loss so bad that it merits the use of the word "suffer?" Every time hearing loss is referred to i...
Sat, Dec 31 2011
How a Cochlear Implant Works
Jamie Berke (About.com) How does a cochlear implant work? Do you just put it on and hear right away? It is a little more complicated than that.How a Cochlear Implant Works originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 14:56:20.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Fri, Dec 30 2011
Deaf Education Programs
Jamie Berke (About.com) Are you someone who wants to become a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing? Many colleges offer deaf education programs. Some have a seal of approval, and some do not.Deaf Education Programs originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 21:06:10.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Thu, Dec 29 2011
Making Music Therapy Facility Accessible
Jamie Berke (About.com) An interior design student has posted on the forum about her project to design a music therapy facility. The facility would enable people to experience music in different ways, including vibrations. She is asking for input on how to design her facility to include deaf people. Replies can be posted anonymously on the forum.Making Music Therapy Facility Accessible origi...
Sat, Dec 24 2011
Does Having Meningitis Increase Risk of Implant Failure?
Jamie Berke (About.com) A new study of children who had cochlear implants found that seven out of 35 children whose implants failed, had had meningitis. The good news is, after the children got new implants, they did well. That study is published in the December issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.Does Having Meningitis Increase Risk of Implant Failure? originall...
Thu, Dec 22 2011
Houston Deaf Center Has Food Pantry
Jamie Berke (About.com) In these hard times when many families are food insecure, at least one deaf community center has a food pantry in addition to the usual plethora of community services. The Lillian Beard Deaf Community center, housed within the Woodhaven Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, has a food pantry. The Houston Chronicle carried a report about their drive to stock their food pan...
Tue, Dec 20 2011
Empty Nesters Need to Learn Sign
Jamie Berke (About.com) Surfdognw is a hearing spouse with a severely hard of hearing wife, and both are in their 50s. They recognize the need to learn sign language to keep communication flowing, but don't know where to start. About.com readers have already been offering suggestions on the forum, but it is not too late for you to chime in.Empty Nesters Need to Learn Sign originally appeared...
Sun, Dec 18 2011
Twinkle, Twinkle...Uh Oh.
Jamie Berke (About.com) Sometimes political correctness and sensitivity to the deaf can go too far. In the United Kingdom, a group of small children is not being permitted to use a gesture that means "star," because it is the same as the British sign for a female body part. (It is similar to the American sign too.) No real harm would be done if the small children innocently gestured in an "o...
Fri, Dec 16 2011
Son Wants a Bike. Learning Sign a Better Gift?
Jamie Berke (About.com) Here's another of the Christmas need stories: this one is about a deaf 5 year old and his mother. The mother put her son in a school for the deaf - good. Her son wants a bicycle. At same time, mother says she does not know sign language. Wouldn't learning sign language so she could communicate with her son be just as good, if not a better, gift than a bicycle?So...
Thu, Dec 15 2011
Jamie Berke (About.com) Do you need the services of a captioning company? Must it be a local company or can you use the services of a remotely located company? Also, is there any way to know which captioning companies are better than others?Captioning Companies originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 20:10:08.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Tue, Dec 13 2011
Learned About Hearing Loss on Job Interview
Jamie Berke (About.com) A new submission to the Readers Respond page on Sudden Hearing Loss has been published. The writer suddenly discovered his or her hearing loss at of all places, on a job interview. The writer was trying for a job that required the use of the phone and had to take a hearing test to qualify. (That's new to me, the mandating of a hearing test for a job interview!)Learned...
Sun, Dec 11 2011
New Zealand Gets a Deaf MP
Jamie Berke (About.com) New Zealanders have elected their first deaf MP to Parliament. I don't know what a MP is, but it sounds similar to a Congressman. The winner, Mojo Mathers, describes herself as a strong advocate for disabled people. Has the United States ever had a deaf Congressman or Congresswoman? I'm not aware of any historically. New Zealand Gets a Deaf MP originally appeared on...
Sat, Dec 10 2011
New School for Deaf and Blind in Ireland
Jamie Berke (About.com) Ireland, despite its current financial challenges, is opening a new school for deaf and blind students. This new school is called the Jordanstown School. It is in the greater Belfast area, and already has 50 students. Related: Deaf IrishNew School for Deaf and Blind in Ireland originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 19:53:52.Perma...
Thu, Dec 08 2011
Gallaudet's New Logo
Jamie Berke (About.com) When I first saw the new logo for Gallaudet University, my reaction was that I did not like it. It did not seem dynamic enough to me. Then, I read the Washington Post column about it, and now I understand why Gallaudet chose this new logo. It makes sense. While I will miss the good ole "G," times change.Gallaudet's New Logo originally appeared on About.com Deafness on...
Wed, Dec 07 2011
For Want of Internet Access...
Jamie Berke (About.com) This time of year, I watch for "needy people" stories that feature deaf people. Here is one that features a deaf child who needs Internet access so she can get a free videophone. The article doesn't say, but reading between the lines I think she was homeless for awhile because it mentions that she now has her own room.For Want of Internet Access... originally appeared...
Mon, Dec 05 2011
Professional Captioning Software
Jamie Berke (About.com) If you ever plan to start a captioning or subtitling service, you will need professional captioning software. This software is not cheap. However, it is usually loaded with features that will enable you to generate high quality, professional captioning.Professional Captioning Software originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 19:30:53....
Mon, Dec 05 2011
In the Air and Watching TV
Jamie Berke (About.com) For a long time, a common complaint among deaf fliers was that they did not have access to closed captioning on board. Now, they will have it, at least for live television programming. The first airline to provide closed captioning for live television in-flight will be Continental Airlines.In the Air and Watching TV originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Sunday,...
Sun, Dec 04 2011
Deaf Pizza in San Francisco
Jamie Berke (About.com) Deaf residents of the San Francisco Bay Area are in for a treat; pizza from a deaf-owned pizzeria soon to open. The article in Bay Area Bites mentions all the deaf people that the owners have hired. Interestingly though, it doesn't say if the lead cook is deaf. I wish I knew if there were any deaf-owned restaurants in my area. I would be sure to eat there at least on...
Fri, Dec 02 2011
Captioning Encoders and Decoders
Jamie Berke (About.com) Closed captioning encoders are generally used by professionals in the industry. Who makes them?Captioning Encoders and Decoders originally appeared on About.com Deafness on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 15:00:23.Permalink | Comment | Email this
Wed, Nov 30 2011
Deaf More Overweight and Suicidal?
Jamie Berke (About.com) A University of Rochester study of deaf American Sign Language users in the Rochester, NY area found that deaf people rated themselves as being more overweight, suicidal, and having more domestic violence. Deaf people's self-ratings were compared to those in a similar study of the general population. The number of deaf participants was relatively small, only 339...
Wed, Nov 30 2011
Recommended: D-Pan's "We're Going to Be Friends" Video
Jamie Berke (About.com) Just watched the Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-Pan)'s ASL (and captioned!) music video, "We're Going to Be Friends." I totally enjoyed it, and it didn't hurt that the kids featured are cute too. My eyes took in both the energetic signing of the children, and the captions. I can see why it has soared past 300,000 views on YouTube. Perfect video to watch on yo...
Mon, Nov 28 2011
Deaf? You Can't Teach Deaf Kids in India
Jamie Berke (About.com) Just read Gallaudet Today magazine's profile of a deaf man originally from India, Madan Vasishta. Within the profile it said that "...India has a long tradition of educating deaf students using oral communication, and deaf people to this day cannot get a teaching certificate there." What? Deaf people in India can not teach deaf children? India is supposed to be a mod...
Sat, Nov 26 2011
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