Differentiating Hearing Aids from Sound Amplifiers

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Sound amplifiers can help individuals hear sounds that are far away from the listener or at low volume better. However, people sometimes mistake them as substitute for hearing aids because they are relatively cheaper and are readily available in the market. Plus, they do the task well if a person’s purpose is to watch TV…

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The Latest Trends in Hearing Aids

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The global market for hearing aids has underwent many changes for the past years and similar to what every industry strives for, companies have continuously made efforts to improve their services by first offering a wide variety of hearing aids customers can choose from. Basically, hearing aids can be classified into three types: In-The-Ear (ITE)…

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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): An Overview

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provides a benchmark and model to improve the human rights of people with disabilities globally. It is used by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in particular in their advocacy and training as they promote human rights and sign language around the…

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Understanding the Signs of Hearing Loss

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For individuals who were born without hearing defects, it is not always easy to accept the truth if they begin experiencing cases of hearing difficulty. In most situations, unless confirmed by an audiologist, people tend to ignore the warning signs and so the condition is left untreated and worsens over time. Below are just some…

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The Classroom as a Learning Environment for the Hearing Impaired

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Children who are deaf or who are diagnosed to be suffering from hearing impairment usually have difficulty coping with the real world. If not properly guided, they might become insecure, develop lower self-esteem, and distant themselves from family and people in general. Hence, educators of the deaf have a great responsibility in…

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Putting Importance on the Hearing Aid Fitting Process

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Individuals with hearing difficulty require correct diagnosis and management for them to be able to identify the best possible solution to their condition. The fitting process plays a vital role in ensuring that they will be able to maximize the use of hearing aids as they go out of the doctor’s office…

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An Overview: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2015

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Sponsored by Representative Brett Guthrie, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EHDI) of 2015 (H.R. 1344) amends the Public Health Service Act to expand programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns and infants to include young children. Consequently, the programs have been modified and reauthorized for FY2016-FY2020. Image Source: hearinghealthfoundation.org What does…

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Assistive Listening Devices: How Useful Are They?

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs), otherwise known as Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), are used by people with hearing loss (mild or profound) to separate the sounds, speech in particular, that they want to hear from background noise. An ALS has three basic parts: a microphone, a transmission technology and a receiving device. What…

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Identifying Autism in Deaf Children

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Autism is a condition that presents itself from early childhood and is marked by communication disorders, shorter attention span and inability to form relationships with other people. The number of deaf children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing. Such condition can further complicate communication development. According…

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Hearing Loss in Adults and Children

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Adults aged 50 onwards are more prone to hearing loss due to age-related damage to the cochlea, the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti, or spiral organ, the receptor organ for hearing. There are two types of hearing loss:…

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