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Difficulties of Lip reading
Even fully hearing people do not hear everything. What we donít hear is filled in giving the impression we have heard everything. For the deaf the gaps are bigger and our brains have to fill in a lot more .
Break the social bluffing habit
Social bluffing, especially in children, is not good because it can lull people (parents) into thinking you are understanding far more than you are. You miss vital information and miss out on wonderful conversation. It is in your best interests to break the social bluffing habit.
Social bluffing by the deaf
What is social bluffing? It simply means we make out weíve heard. We sit in a group with a polite smile fixed on our face and smile. Itís the ĎI hope Iím smiling the right smile for this conversationí smile.
Using a hearing aid
You just buy a hearing aid and stick it in your ear and you can hear properly again Ė thatís right isnít it? Wouldnít it be great if it was that simple, but itís not.
Telephony for the deaf
Using the telephone if your deaf was, in the past, difficult. But there are so many new technologies available that telephony is now available to almost everyone.
Cochlear implants and music
The Cochlear implant has come a long way since its invention, but has it yet returned normal hearing? According to Graeme Clark, the Australian inventor of this technology, the answer is NO. So as a user, where is it lacking?
Hearing loss and music
When someone starts to go deaf, losing music is probably not their first concern. In fact, many will naturally stop listening to music until one day the recognise how much they have missed.
What happens at a hearing test?
Thereís no need to be afraid of taking a hearing test. You wonít be poked with needles or asked to strip off your clothes! A hearing test is simple, has no risks and causes no discomfort.
Hearing loss self-evaluation
Are there some situations where you feel you are not hearing as well as you should? Hereís a self-evaluation which may help you decide whether to seek professional help and have your hearing checked.
Nagging someone about their inability to hear generally does not help and often has the opposite effect. It does not get the person to take a hearing test if they have a loss.
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