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Hearing accessibility topics include prelingual and postlingual deafness for profound deafness and hard-of-hearing. Information is also provided for presbyacousis (old-age hearing loss).
Reference Books and Resources
There are several excellent books related to hearing. See the suggested reading list for general information and detailed reference books for your library.
Find more resources using the Areas of Focus Hearing category search.
Recent and Relevant
Regenerated hair cells inside the cochlear of the ear can restore hearing
January 9, 2013, By Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (ScienceDaily) – Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that hair cells can be regenerated in an adult mammalian ear by using a drug to stimulate resident cells to become new hair cells, resulting in partial recovery of hearing in mouse ears damaged by noise trauma. This finding holds great potential for future therapeutic application that may someday reverse deafness in humans. More…
Sign Language Trivia
Alas, learning one sign language does not mean you are understood all over the world. There are "177 identified sign languages, dialects, and other sign systems" according to Gallaudet University's Sign Languages of the World. In spoken language, Norwegians, Danes, and Swedes can make themselves understood among themselves. Finnish is totally different, and only related to Magyar-Hungary! There happens to be a Scandinavian Pidgin Sign Language that covers all four countries. Thus, a Deaf Dane has a better chance of communicating with a Deaf Finn than a hearing Dane and a hearing Finn!
New Book Announcements
Title: Mental Health Care Of Deaf People: A Culturally Affirmative Approach (cloth with CD)
Subtitle: A Culturally Affirmative Approach
Author/Editor: Neil S. Glickman (editor) and Sanjay Gulati (editor)
Primary Subject: Clinical Theory & Practice
Secondary Subject: Therapy
Year: 2003. Published by Taylor & Francis Group.
Book review of Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to 1942, by Susan Burch, March 2003.
Ken Glickman, a.k.a. "Prof. Glick," proudly announces a new book, Deaf Proverbs. More information can be found at http://deafology.com You are invited to join Ken's mailing list where you will be kept informed of his new book and other publications as well as his DEAFology comedy shows on a timely basis. It's real easy to join (just do nothing and you are still on this mailing list), and it's free!
In the Press
• The Silence Machine
The Electronic Controlled Acoustic Shadow System (ECASS), called the silence machine by its creator Selwyn Wright, an engineer at the University of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, UK, is the first device capable of blocking out a specified noise while leaving everything else audible. The silence machine works by sending out sound waves that are the opposite of those being generated by the offending noise source.
New Scientist has more information in their article, "Silence machine zaps unwanted noise." at http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn2094.
• "Deafened to Their Demands: An Ethnographic Study of Accommodation," by Michael Salvo, won one of the annual Best Webtext Awards from Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. See http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/7.1/binder2.html?coverweb/salvo/map.htm
• An article published by Worldwide Employee Communications, Intel Corporation describes the innovations used at Intel's Aloha Campus in Oregon to enable training for a hearing impaired employee. A copy of the article is posted here with permission: "Sign Language Services Unlock Technician's Learning Potential". (28 K .pdf)