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Sign Language Interpreters
If you are a hearing person, sign language probably doesn't rate top of mind. To become an interpreter you need to be able to hear as well as know sign language. So I wondered who becomes a sign language interpreter and why?

Sport and hearing loss
The Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam is on and itís great to watch the players as they stretch themselves to the limits aiming for the Ďcrowní. But it isnít always so nice to hear them as they play.

Hearing aids on the increase
More and more people are requiring and have access to hearing aids. What are the reasons behind this increase?

Hearing allows a better education
In an earlier article I looked at how going deaf impacted on our education? The main reason is because language is incredibly difficult to acquire if you canít hear and without language itís especially hard to participate in school or university. So does having a cochlear implant help?

Employment and hearing loss
Deafness does cause us to rethink. Many of us have had to change careers or accept work below our level of capability. It adds to the distress and isolation which hearing loss causes us.

Hearing loss impedes education
The biggest reason deaf or hard of hearing children donít get a good education is because they have greater difficulty in developing language. The result of pour linguistic skills is to seem unintelligent and sometimes downright stupid.

How many Cochlear Implants?
Cochlear's recent 30th year celebration started me wondering how many implantees there are and where they are.

Surviving Christmas and New Year
Sometimes, because of your deafness it may seem very difficult to get through the round of parties and functions that come with the New Year.

Cochlear 30th Anniversary Celebration
While the cochlear implant was ground breaking in 1978, it still had a long way to go before it could be a commercial product. By 1982 the product was small enough to be portable, the Cochlear company was born and Graham Carrick became the first recipient of the commercial implant.

Frustrations of hearing loss solutions
I am amazed I can hear, will never stop listening and will never give my processors back, and I always choose to wear them, there are some frustrations at the solutions they provide. Sometimes this is a small price to pay for normal hearing but other times it seems too high a price.

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