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Tinnitus is phantom sound made up by the brain in the absence of external stimulation and is usually experienced by deaf people. These other worldly sounds disrupt and interfere with our lives, particularly when we first experience it.
To hearing aid or not?
Being fitted for a hearing aid is confusing. How can you avoid some of it?
Too old for a Cochlear implant?
You’d think that perhaps someone who was (say) over 90 would be too old to have a Cochlear Implant wouldn’t you. Well it seems this is not always the case.
Travel and being Deaf
I’m 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!
In a few days we are heading off around the world for two months. This means we have to plan how to manage our health and hearing needs well in advance.
Travelling can pose special challenges for a deaf or hard of hearing person, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go.
Understanding deafened adults
For those of us who have experienced late on-set deafness our lives have been turned upside down. Everything familiar has become strange because we can no longer interpret the world as we know it and we don’t know where we fit.
If someone who is born deaf and is illiterate has a Cochlear Implant will they understand?
Understanding hearing loss
At the 5th Australian National Deafness Summit in Canberra during May 2008 I was astounded to hear some of the statistics on the increase in prevelance of deafness. While the statistics I quote are for the Australian market they apply to all markets.
Little is known about Hyperacusis even within the medical profession. People who suffer it are often accused of being malingerers, making it up or have a psychological disorder. Linda is a sufferer and she tells us about it.
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