Deafness and Hearing Loss

All You Need to Know About Deafness and Hearing Loss

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About 25 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 55 and 64 have some degree of hearing loss. For those older than 65, the number of people with some hearing loss is almost 1 in 2.

If you are deaf or experiencing some degree of hearing loss, you face many new issues, from employment to finding an interpreter. Here is some more information about many aspects of the deaf and hard-of-hearing world.

Topics on Deafness and Hearing Loss

Accessibility
These articles address accessibility and accessible technology for deaf and hard of hearing people. Topics covered include assistive listening devices, captioning, communication access realtime translation, hearing dogs, interpreting, legal rights, relay services, and miscellaneous technology.

Colleges
These articles are about colleges for deaf and hard of hearing students. Colleges covered are Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York, and colleges in Europe and Japan.

Causes of Hearing Loss
There are numerous causes of hearing loss. This collection of articles addresses hearing loss in children, syndromes that cause hearing loss, drug-induced hearing loss, genetic hearing loss, losing hearing later in life, and additional causes of hearing loss.

Deaf Culture and Deaf Heritage
Deaf culture and deaf heritage are a broad topic, encompassing things such as art, comics, theatre, cinema, publications, and much more.

Deafness Around the World
This collection of articles looks at deafness in countries outside of the United States. Included are countries in Asia (Australia, China, and India), Africa (South Africa), Europe (Armenia, Germany, and Ireland), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru), and the Middle East (Iran).

For articles on deaf communities in the United States, check out Before You Visit Deaf Americans.

Diversity
The deaf community is a diverse one. It includes subcommunities such as gay and lesbian deaf people, African American deaf people, Native American deaf people, Asian American deaf people, and deaf senior citizens. There are also Muslim and Jewish deaf people.

Education
Educating deaf and hard of hearing children is challenging and one of the biggest topics in deafness. This collection of articles covers a wide variety of education-related topics. Topics covered include deaf education history, personal experiences of deaf people with mainstreaming (including myself), and much more. Just a few of the topics covered: tutoring, literacy, bilingual bicultural education, classroom accessibility, and teaching deaf immigrant students.

Employment
Finding employment continues to be a challenge for deaf and hard of hearing people around the world. This collection of articles covers topics such as help for deaf people seeking employment, entrepreneurship for deaf and hard of hearing people, discrimination, legal rights, and guidance for employers, supervisors, and co-workers.

There is also advice for hearing people wanting to work in deaf-related fields.

Events
This collection of articles looks at key events in the deaf and hard of hearing community, including deaf awareness events, professional events, and sources of event calendars.

Growing Up Deaf
This collection of articles is a retrospective on my growing up deaf and oral in the '70s, and continues through my deaf college years.

Health and Additional Disabilities
This collection of articles addresses health concerns and deafness, such as deafness and HIV/AIDS or deafness and substance abuse, mental health services for deaf people, and deafness in combination with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, and blindness.

Hearing Aids - Hearing Loss - Cochlear Implants
This collection of articles covers just a few of the many articles at About.com Deafness related to hearing aids and cochlear implants. There are many more, which can be found through either the search engine or the tabs at the top of the page.

Hearing to Deaf
Growing up deaf is difficult, but at least it is something familiar to the child. It is much harder for people who grew up hearing, then lose their hearing later in life.

Deaf History
Deafness in history can be a fascinating topic. Did you know that there was a time when deaf people were often diagnosed as retarded? Or that there was a time when schools for the deaf were segregated? These and other topics in deaf history can be found here.

Interpreters and Interpreting
Interpreters are a key part of the deaf community. This collection of articles addresses becoming an interpreter, working as an interpreter, interpreting organizations, hiring an interpreter, issues involving interpreters, resources for interpreters, and more.

National and International Organizations
The deaf and hard of hearing community is diverse, and numerous organizations meet these diverse interests. There are organizations for deaf people, organizations for hard of hearing people, organizations for parents, organizations for professionals in deafness, and more.

Parenting
Parenting deaf and hard of hearing children is something I can relate to, having parented two myself. This collection of articles addresses parenting related topics such as learning that your child is deaf, summer camps, daycare, homeschooling, and even sex education.

Relationships and Making Friends
Love and relationships take on an added twist when deaf and hard of hearing people are involved. This collection of articles covers topics such as deaf-hearing marriage, befriending deaf and hard of hearing people, social activities, and dating.

People in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
This collection of articles looks at both living and historic people in different aspects of the deaf community, such as in the arts, education, entertainment, sports, and writing.

Schools for the Deaf
Schools for the deaf nationally are still around, but some have gone away. This series of articles covers some of the schools for the deaf in the United States, including Arkansas, California, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, and Hawaii.

Sign Language
Sign language is a popular topic, and this collection of articles on sign language covers learning sign language, baby sign language, and many other sign language topics.

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