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The Privilege Many People Never Think About

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.28.2016 | Healthy Living

Many of us can’t hear. One in eight Americans above the age of 12 has hearing loss in both ears, according to the National Institute on Deafness an...

Deaf Talent Everywhere! Part V

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.12.2016 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There are very few jobs Deaf people "can't" do, especially once small adjustments are made to accommodate their specific skills and abilities. At the end of the day, our society limits people more than the actual experience of deafness ever could.

What It's Like To Be Almost Deaf

Aaron Todd | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Aaron Todd

By now, most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the story that has come out of Omaha, Nebraska about the student who inexplicably had his perso...

Zika Causes Deafness In About 6 Percent Of Cases

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.31.2016 | Healthy Living

A study in Brazil of 70 babies whose mothers had confirmed Zika infections found that nearly 6 percent had hearing loss, adding a new complication to ...

House Made Of Stars In A Galaxy All Its Own

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.15.2016 | Books
Melanie Bishop

It's rare when a writer is able to give us a story so believably through the eyes of a child. Kaye Gibbons did this with Ellen Foster, a book that became an Oprah Pick.

This Starbucks Store Is Devoted To Hiring Deaf Employees

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 07.25.2016 | Taste

A new Starbucks location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is providing a unique employment opportunity to people who are deaf. Starbucks Malaysia partnered ...

Bride Signs Lyrics To Her Father-Daughter Dance Song In Touching Video

The Huffington Post | Carolin Lehmann | Posted 06.27.2016 | Weddings

Ohio bride Julie Norton knew she wanted her deaf father, Scott Finkel, to experience their father-daughter dance to Rascal Flatts' "My Wish" as fully ...

Going Deaf Has Never Been So Loud

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

New York City, the vibrant place I'd once fallen madly for, became a nightmare. The streets were humming, whirring. Tractors moaned, ambulances screamed, the click of lighters and the hiss of brooms brushing cafe floors were torture. I heard everything on one side and nothing on the other; it drove me mad never knowing where each sound came from.

Things I've Learned from Hearing Loss

McKenna Bulkley | Posted 05.12.2016 | College
McKenna Bulkley

Over the past few years, I've developed significant bilateral hearing loss. We're still not sure why or if it's going to get worse. But during this transition to understanding everyone around me to struggling to piece together context clues and pathetic attempts at lip reading, I have learned a few things.

Watch Nyle DiMarco and Tyler Oakley Flirt in Sign Language to Destigmatize Disability and Reduce Bullying | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact

By Rex Leonowicz You may know Nyle DiMarco from America's Next Top Model, where he was the first-ever deaf contestant and winner of the show's 22nd s...

Students Invented Gloves That Can Translate Sign Language Into Speech And Text

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.28.2016 | Good News

Two undergraduate students at the University of Washington have worked to invent a new way to communicate. Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor won a $10,000 ...

Boy Who Is Deaf Has Priceless Reaction To Sound Of A Recorder

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents

Pure joy. That's exactly what one little boy felt after hearing a recorder for the first time. According to Today, 2-year-old Ezra Somnitz is profound...

Highway to Hearing Hell: Musicians and the Danger of Deafness

Trevor Cox | Posted 03.14.2016 | Science
Trevor Cox

Deafness isn't only a concern for rock musicians, or drum and bass DJs - from classical violinists to pop singers, in recent years it's become clear that anyone around music a lot has reason to be equally worried.

What Wikipedia Can't Teach You About Deafness

Tracy Stine | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Tracy Stine

The Wikipedia entry on deafness will give you the definition, signs and symptoms, causes, diagnoses and more. These are all from the medical perspective of being deaf, with a small "d", and doesn't show you the full story of a Deaf person, with a capital "D".

Barista Learns Sign Language To Give Deaf Man 'Same Experience As Everyone Else'

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 02.23.2016 | Good News

A big-hearted barista went the extra mile to connect with a regular customer who is deaf. Ibby Piracha was stunned when the worker asked for his order...

Deaf Talent Everywhere! Part IV

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.18.2016 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There are very few jobs Deaf people "can't" do, especially once small adjustments are made to accommodate their specific skills and abilities. At the end of the day, our society limits people more than the actual experience of deafness ever could.

These Students Created Software That Could Help Millions Of Deaf People In Brazil

HuffPost Brazil | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact

SÃO PAULO -- Approximately 5 percent of Brazilians have some kind of hearing impairment. Despite the widespread implementation of Brazilian Sign Lang...

What Freshman Year Is Really Like As A Student With Disabilities

Megan Zahneis | Posted 01.05.2016 | College
Megan Zahneis

I have a very rare neurological disorder that renders me unable to feel pain, temperature and touch in the same way most people do. I don't have reflexes and can't regulate my own body temperature. I'm deaf. I also can't do things like tie my own shoes. Did I mention I just moved away from home?

Dear Media: Stop Describing the Deaf as 'Mute'

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Lydia L. Callis

While reading news stories about Geeta -- the "deaf, mute girl" -- in mainstream American outlets, I can't help but feel like we've transported a half century backwards in our acceptance of deafness.

Help Us Spread a Message of Hope for this Child with Usher Syndrome

Katharine Rose | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Katharine Rose

When I think of Emma, my niece and goddaughter, I think of her big, bright blue, angelic eyes. They are staring up at me, at seven months old, trusting, innocent eyes that eventually succumb to the spellbinding power of sleep in the arms of someone she had not yet come to know.

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.29.2016 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.10.2016 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

What I Learned When I Dated a Deaf Man

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Robin Cassady

I was welcomed into the community and his family, and within a couple of weeks I was given a name-sign by his youngest sister.

Deaf Women History Is Something to Celebrate

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Lydia L. Callis

Many brave and dedicated deaf women have made invaluable contributions to modern society, despite the odds against them. This powerful minority group has fought against a culture that seeks to silence them-- constantly challenging people's assumptions of who deaf women are, and what they are supposed to be.

Explore the Silent World of Deaf America

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Lydia L. Callis

With so many people finally embracing this second American language, there has never been a better time to learn to sign.