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Deafness and personal safety in the home
We all rely on our senses to alert us to danger. We use our vision to see obstacles and our hearing to listen for alarms, traffic or intruders. When someone is deaf an important early warning system is missing.

Why do people become Cochlear Awareness Advocates?
When someone gets hearing aids they don't become a hearing aid advocate and join a group telling people about their experience. Yet Cochlear Implantees often become Advocates. I wondered why?

Do we hear with our ears?
Is thinking the same as hearing? Do we hear our own thoughts? And do we really hear tinniuts?

My theories about how we hear
Our bodies have many built in redundancies. For instance we have two eyes, two ears, two lungs and two kidneys. But many people live their lives with just one of these organs. I have a theory about hearing. Read on....

Is deafness a disability?
Is deafness a disability? If so how is it manifest? and if not why not?

Travel and being Deaf
Iím a 24 year-old French girl, deaf since birth. Travelling as a deaf person is a challenge. But you just have to get rid of the perception that misunderstanding or being misunderstood is shameful, and be ready to go off the beaten path of communication!

Becoming a Deaf Teacher
What does it take to become a teacher of the deaf? Why is it different? I was asked for some advice - obviously in this short space I can't give much - but here are some thoughts.

Deafness and languages
Learning a new language is hard even for most people with excellent hearing. Learning a second language when you are deaf and canít get any feedback about the way the language sounds is doubly difficult.

Impressions of Deafness
Most people don't give deafness a thought because they never experience it nor know anyone who is deaf. I asked Karla, a degree student in Writing, at my alumni Curtin University, to write an article on her impressions of deafness.

Does anyone want to be deliberately deaf?
As a hearing person who became deaf by the time I was about 35 I canít imagine anyone choosing deafness over hearing. I wondered were there any people in the world who had hearing and would like to be deaf and if so why?

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