Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
A professor at Rochester Institute of Technology is going to jail. Michael Krembel was given an 11-year prison sentence for having sex with a 14-year-old boy. Krembel met the teen online. He taught graphic arts at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf and for 35 years but was fired after pleading guilty to the charge.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Hearing loss among "baby boomers" has increased significantly to about 15% of people between the ages 45 and 64, according to the Better Hearing Institute. In fact, the AARP says there are more people between the age 45 and 64 with hearing loss (10 million) than there are people over 65 with hearing loss (9 million). The reason: listening to loud music.
The number is expected to climb because by the year 2010, the baby boomer generation reaches age 65. The number of Americans with hearing loss could rise as high as 78 million by 2030, according to the National Institute on Deafness.
· When viruses or bacteria get inside the ear (from a cold or other illness) fluid and mucus can become trapped deep inside the ear.
Who it Affects
· Three out of four children will suffer from ear infections before the age of three
· loss of sleep, appetite, and balance
· tugging at the ear
· lack of response to quiet sounds
· signs of hearing difficulty (i.e. sitting too close to the TV)
· warm baths
· "watchful waiting" (with children over 2)
· antibiotics if symptoms persists, however, it only works against bacterial infections
(some have become resistant to certain antibiotics)
· Doctors have no way of knowing if a virus or bacteria is causing any given infection
· Can result in hearing loss, though doctors say that's usually temporary.
· National Library of Medicines
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Year founded: 1864
Campus Size: 99 acres
Religious affiliation: None
Employees: 1,129 (41% deaf or hard of hearing)
Undergrad Degrees: 40 Bachelor's degree majors
Graduate Degrees: programs in social work, deaf education, international development and clinical psychology
Enrollment: about 1,800 Undergraduate student body: In the past five years, undergraduate enrollment has declined from about 1,400 to just under 1,000
Hearing Students: about 5%
Registered Clubs and Organizations: 31
Number of Fraternities and Sororities: 4/4
Student Newspaper: the Buff and Blue is published biweekly
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
There will be no football program at the
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Drummer Ben Herson was born with a degenerative hearing loss. But that hasn’t kept him from touring North American with some big acts during the last 15 years. His work has included hip-hop, reggae and African music. Herson has nerve damage in both ears and uses hearing aids.
Elderly patients who are may get low scores on mental health tests because of a language barrier, according to a new study. A professor at Macon State College says this can lead to misdiagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. David Feldman found deaf patients typically scored between three and five percent lower on the exam than those who are hearing. The main reason was that the questions used language difficult to translate into sign language. He sees an experienced interpreter as critical to getting an accurate assessment.
- Hearing Loss
As many as 29 million people in the .
One-third of adults over the age 60 are hard of hearing and up to half of those age 75 or older are hard of hearing, according to the House Ear Institute.
Hearing loss associated with aging most often results from cumulative damage to the hair cells in the cochlea, which, like other body parts, suffer the wear and tear of age. The first to decline are those in the outer part of the cochlea that are sensitive to high-frequency sounds, including those produced by the consonants f, sh, ch, p, s and t, which are crucial to clarity in perceiving speech. The low-frequency vowel sounds are the last to go.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Something's wrong at the
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The apes did not “learn American Sign Language”. This preposterous claim is based on the myth that ASL is a crude system of pantomimes and gestures rather than a full language with complex phonology, morphology, and syntax. In fact the apes had not learned any true ASL signs.
The Language Instinct
Saturday, August 16, 2008
• ASL moved closer to its current form in the early 1800s with the help of Protestant minister Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.
• By the late 1860's signing was outlawed in many schools for the deaf. Some offenders were even forced to wear mittens.
• It's the primary language for as many as 500,000 people
• ASL is the second most taught language on college campuses according to National Public Radio.
• ASL has a distinct vocabulary. One dictionary lists more than 7,000 entries.
• More than 100 four-year universities accept it as a foreign language requirements
• More than 700 public high schools offered sign language classes in 2004 (456 more than in 2000)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
- Born August 24, 1965
- Grew up in
Morton Grove, Illinoisnear Chicago
- Became deaf when she was a year and a half old after she suffered a series of fevers
- Won an Oscar for her role as the deaf student in Children of a Lesser God
- Played a lawyer on her own TV series, Reasonable Doubt
- Took the role of a political analyst on The West Wing
- Plays a character on Showtime’s The ‘L’ Word
- Attended the Jewish Temple for the Deaf B’nai Shalom located in
- Discovered by Henry Winkler
- Author of two Children’s books
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
1999 – 2005: undergraduate graduation rates are about 42%
2001 - 2005: graduates who found jobs the first year out of Gallaudet drops every year
2002: 758 high school seniors applied to Gallaudet
2006: The number of new students shrinks to just 281
2006 – 1200 undergraduates
2007 - 1080 undergraduates this year
2007 - The institution of choice for only 13% of US deaf and hard-of-hearing high-school graduates who enroll in four-year colleges (according to the US Department of Education)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Communication Service for the Deaf is shutting down its call center in
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
A benefit concert takes place a week from Friday (August 22) for a deaf Honduran boy at The Fine Line Music Cafe in
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
But many babies that fail hearing tests do not get the follow-up they need. About a third of the 76,000 newborns that did not pass their screening test last year did not get the further testing needed to determine if they actually have hearing loss, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, The CDC blames a shortage of audiologists and a lack of understanding on the part of parents. If a child doesn’t get a follow-up and diagnosis by 3 or 4 months, the problem isn’t likely to be caught until age 2 or 3 when it has started affecting language and social skills.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Rock concert: 110
Blackhawk helicopter: 110
Abrams tank (speed increases decibels): 117
9 mm pistol: 157
M60 machine gun: 160
Hand grenade (50 feet from target): 164
TOW II missile launcher (on vehicle): 179
105 Towered Howitzer (artillery on tank): 183
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
A new study suggests more young Americans may be suffering from hearing loss than what has previously been reported. Here are some of the findings:
- 16% (about 29 million people) have hearing loss in one (9%) or both ears (7%)
- 31% (about 55 million people) had high-frequency hearing loss (12% in one ear and 19% in both)
- Hearing loss was especially prevalent at high frequencies for people age 20 to 29 (8.5%) and age 30 to 39 (17%)
- Men were 5.5 times more likely than women to have hearing loss
- Black participants were 70% less likely to have loss of hearing than white participants with white
- Mexican American men having the highest occurrence of both high-frequency hearing loss and hearing loss in both ears.
Details of the study are published are in the July 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.