How to learn sign language

Hearing Loss Awareness

In the hearing loss community, sign language is one of the major forms of communication used.

It consists of hand movements, hand shapes as well as facial expressions and lip patterns in order to demonstrate what people want to say.

Sign language is often used instead of spoken English in Deaf communities, as some people with hearing loss have been brought up solely using sign language  to communicate with family or friends. Of course, even those with normal or limited hearing can also learn this wonderful, expressive language! 

Here are my tips to learn sign language:

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How to use audiobooks for hearing rehab

Do you ever listen to audiobooks? The form of storytelling can be also very beneficial for hearing rehab. 

Oral storytelling is one of the most ancient art-forms. Stories have been passed on by word of mouth to entertain, educate and inform from generation to generation, long before recorded history.

Although these oral traditions have changed, the desire to TELL and HEAR stories remained constant. This is why hearing loss can have such a significant impact on everyday life.

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Is an in-the-ear hearing aid right for me?

Even though hearing aids share the common goal of providing more access to sounds, finding the right one can be a real challenge. Differences in amplification, size, style or the way a hearing aid is worn are some of the things that need to be taken into consideration.

One of the options available is an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid. This style of hearing aid  sits inside the ear canal and is usually custom fit for the wearer.

There are three types of ITEs; the full shell, half shell and one that sits completely in the ear canal. The full shell ITE is designed to sit perfectly within the outer ear while the half shell fits within the outer part of your ear. The third type sits deep within the ear canal and is usually completely invisible.

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“My hearing loss made me want to help others hear”

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Kirsten is a 23-year-old marketing intern at Phonak US. She has moderate hearing loss, and wears Phonak Audéo B-R hearing aids. She will regularly contribute to

Although I was born with a hearing loss, it wasn’t discovered until I was five years old.

When I was in preschool, my parents were told by my teachers that I rarely participated in class or interacted with other children. My preschool classroom was loud and disorganised, so my parents assumed I was probably overwhelmed by all the craziness of the classroom. They weren’t too concerned about my teacher’s remarks, and didn’t consider the possibility of me having a hearing loss because when I was at home I responded well to sounds and my speech level was normal for a child that age.

Eventually, however, my mom had a gut feeling that my hearing needed to be tested.

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Martin Kemp, long time musician and actor, says tinnitus drives him crazy

Martin Kemp hearing loss

UK actor, musician and television presenter Martin Kemp blames years of touring with his band for his tinnitus and hearing loss.

The former bassist for the ‘80s New Romantic era band, Spandau Ballet, told the Daily Mail that he is suffering from the ringing in his ears, which he attributes to his days of being a musician, standing in front of amplifiers and using in-ear monitors.

“There is a whistling in my ears all the time,” Martin says.

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Community Spotlight: “Triumphant Kason” hears for the first time

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When Kason, a triplet, was born with hearing loss, his mother went on a journey to find him the best hearing technology. He recently heard for the first time with his Phonak Sky V hearing aids. 

Finding out your child has hearing loss can be a scary and overwhelming experience, especially for those whom don’t know anyone else with hearing loss. 

After giving birth to triplets, Shanquail Horton Archibald learned that one of her sons had hearing loss. 

This is their story: 

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Mobile hearing clinic aims to spread hearing loss awareness through music

A mobile hearing clinic is touring the country, not only proving free screenings and ear protection, but also sharing the joy of music. 

Songs for Sound, a charity that works to protect and restore hearing, has been touring the country with a mobile hearing clinic since 2015. The charity stops at local festivals and events to test people’s hearing and bring awareness to hearing loss. 

With around 2,000 hearing tests completed their first summer, this year’d first full-year-tour has been bigger than ever imagined.

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