Events and Holidays
Better Speech and Hearing Month
For some people ordinary sounds are extraordinary. May is Better Speech and Hearing month in the USA. It is the month when focus is on educating the public about speech and hearing disorders, promoting treatment and understanding for people who my need it.
Buckle Up America [offsite link]
The emphasis of this site is to assure that people understand the necessity of seat belts for all ages.
We’ve just had Christmas and today it’s New Year’s Eve. Like most people we’ve had parties and dinners. For about 20 years I blundered through these things, using the ‘hope I’m smiling right’ smile so I didn’t look too stupid or hopefully to indicate I was understanding and being part of the group.
Christmas Survival Tips
Surviving Christmas, Easter and other social festivities can stretch our limited hearing and cause us stress, anxiety and exhaustion. Rowena provides some of her top hints and tips to make sure you don't miss out this silly season.
Coping with Deafness at Christmas
The malls are in a frenzy, the department stores crowded and parties galore. Well of course. It’s Christmas! This time of year can mean extra stress for deaf and the hearing imparied. Even if you get good results from your hearing aids or implant processors some coping tricks may still be needed.
Coping with Deafness on Holiday
Getting away for a break can be stressful, but when you are deaf or hearing impaired being in strange places can be even harder. Take time to prepare before you leave to help relieve some of the pressure.
Deaf and hearing on an aeroplane
Travelling on an aeroplane is fraught with frustration because of the often long time seated in very cramped conditions. Listening to movies is one way to while away the time. But if you can't hear...
Deaf Ex-Mainstreamer´s Group [offsite link]
A group that supports Deaf children and challenges some mainstreaming techniques
The focus of the world has been on Beijing during August 2008 with the Olympic games showcasing the fastest athletes, the strongest swimmers, the smoothest divers and the best and greatest in any of the sports competing for glory. But not all people can compete in the Olympics.
Deafness and socialising
Make the most of the Christmas and New Year holiday season and enjoy it.
Deafness and travel
These experiences would have all been horrendous for me had I not had my wonderful husband to make all the phone calls and to get it set up so I could plug in or interpret when I didn't hear properly.
Hearing Awareness Celebrations
Many countries have a Hearing Awareness Week (or a Deaf Awareness Week)– a week in which individuals, organisations and companies seek to raise awareness about hearing health. I wondered what it is for.
Hearing on special occasions
If you can't hear on special occasions you miss just so much. This is the story of my recent trip to Hawaii for my daughter's wedding.
Hearing on Tours
Taking tours is a challenge if you can't hear and while my cochlear implants give me back near normal hearing, there are times when it just isn't enough.
Not all sounds are pleasant and I’ve spent a good part of the past two weeks in hospitals.
International AIDS Candlelight Memorial [offsite link]
Articles in this subject deal specifically with current events and community events that are pertinent to Deaf individuals.
May Day and Lei Day
May 1, 2006, is a day of celebration across the United States. It is also a time of celebration in the Hawaiian islands. Read this article for more information.
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.
Travelling can pose special challenges for a deaf or hard of hearing person, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go.
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