NIOSH study shows prevalence of work-related hearing loss, tinnitus

February 4, 2016 in Community News, Research



Safety + Health
February 3, 2016

Washington – Increased awareness and targeted interventions may help protect workers from experiencing hearing loss and/or tinnitus, according to a recent study from NIOSH.

Researchers analyzed national data on hearing conditions among workers who were exposed to elevated levels of occupational noise, as well as workers who were not exposed to such noise.

Researchers emphasized several key findings, including:

  • Workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting faced “significantly higher risks” for hearing difficulty, tinnitus and the occurrence of both conditions.
  • Workers in manufacturing faced significantly higher risks for tinnitus and the co-occurrence of hearing difficulty and tinnitus.
  • Workers in life, physical and social science occupations faced a significantly higher risk for hearing difficulty.
  • Workers in architecture and engineering roles faced a significantly higher risk for tinnitus.

Twenty-three percent of workers exposed to occupational noise had hearing difficulty, compared with 7 percent of workers who had hearing difficulty despite not being exposed to occupational noise, NIOSH stated.

Read more  . . . work-related hearing loss

Deaf Talent Everywhere! Part III

February 4, 2016 in Community News



The Huffington Post
Lydia L. Callis

Too often, young people who are deaf are discouraged from following their dreams. They are told “you can’t…” or “you won’t be able to…” and they are pushed to into careers that they are not passionate about.

In reality, however, there are very few jobs Deaf people can’t do, especially once small adjustments are made to accommodate their specific skills and abilities. At the end of the day, our society limits people more than the actual experience of deafness ever could.

#DeafTalent is a cultural movement that is gaining traction in all areas of life. Talented Deaf individuals in fields across the board are working to defy social expectations, remove barriers, and prove that there are NO limits to what people who are deaf can do.

Read More  . . .#DeafTalent

Lawmakers Could Make ‘Driving While Deaf’ Safer

February 4, 2016 in Community News



FEB 2, 2016

For many people, interactions with law enforcement can be stressful. But for people who have difficulty communicating, these interactions can lead to grave misunderstandings. Some lawmakers are trying to make those interactions safer.

You’re driving down the road, maybe a hair over the speed limit, when you hear those sirens. It’s the cops. We all know that sinking feeling. But imagine if you can’t hear those sirens. For the deaf and hard of hearing, miscommunication with the police is a real concern. But some state lawmakers are trying to fix that. Representative Victor Torres of Orlando wants to mark driver’s licenses with a symbol signifying the driver is deaf.

“This symbol on the license will alert the officer to the fact that the driver is hard of hearing or deaf, and assist them when identifying how best to communicate with the driver,” he said.

Read more . . . ‘Driving While Deaf’

Support group helps deaf addicts work toward recovery

February 4, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The Columbus Dispatch
Columbus, Ohio
By Rita Price

Feb 01, 2016

The words, no matter how wise or well-intentioned, couldn’t reach his pain. Even a careful translation from English to American Sign Language did little to help him grab hold of the 12-step program and follow it to sobriety.

“I was ready to die,” the deaf man said, signing passionately as he recalled his despair. “It was like walking to my death.”

Recovery finally took root for Kijana D. when he became a regular at Deaf Think Positive, a local nonprofit organization that, organizers say, is one of fewer than 10 centers nationwide providing accessible addiction treatment for the deaf and deaf/blind. It’s the only one so far that has licensed chemical-dependency counselors who also are deaf, they said.

Read more  . . . Support group 

Apple Urges FCC To Recognize Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

February 1, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Chance Miller

Apple recently has filed a new document with the Federal Communications Commission in which it argues that Made for iPhone, or MFi, accessories should be acknowledged by the organization as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance. Recently, the FCC has proposed that all phones and consumer wireless devices must be compatible with hearing aids.

In response to the new proposal from the FCC, Apple says that all products that fall under its MFi hearing aid standards already comply with the FCC’s hearing aid compliance regulations. Apple argues that Made for iPhone hearing aids are already available to consumers everywhere, thus making them a valid alternative to the hearing aid compatibility requirement (via MacReports).

Read more  . . . Apple

Other Related Links
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Arts on the Horizon’s Sign-Interpreted Performance of Space-Bop-Feb.15th

January 28, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



It would be our pleasure to have you join us this President’s Day, Monday, February 15th at 11:30am, for a sign-interpreted performance of Space-Bop at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria. Space-Bop is a 20-minute, interactive, nonverbal show created specifically for children ages 0 – 2 and their families.

Show Description: 
Drawing on a little one’s early love of light and vocal play, Space-Bop takes place under the starry sky and features a GRAMMY®-nominated hip-hop artist and beatboxer, a Chaplinesque hero, and the endearing denizens of outer space, like a pinwheel comet and a glowing star. In Arts on the Horizon’s signature multi-sensory, nonverbal style, Space-Bop invites our youngest audience to look up at the stars, have a giggle, and dream along with the hip-hop beat.

For more information on the show, please visit our website at

$6 per person for both children and adults and can be purchased online at or by phone at 703-967-0437.

The Athenaeum:
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free street parking is available.

Draper device could help develop drugs for hearing loss

January 28, 2016 in Community News


Boston Globe
By Nidhi Subbaraman
Jan 26, 2016

A battery-operated device a little larger than a golf ball could one day help treat people with hearing loss by delivering medication directly into the cavity in their ear.

Engineers at Draper, a non-profit research company in Cambridge, have been developing the device along with collaborators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

This month, they showed that the device is safe to be used in guinea pigs — mammals with sufficiently similar ear anatomy to ours. The next step, they say, is to test it in people.

Read More  . . . Device

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

January 28, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



The National Gallery of Art
ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Sunday, February 14 at 1:00 pm.  The tour meets in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

All are welcome!

ASL Video Tour

We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use online and in the galleries!  The Director’s Tour (West Building highlights) has been interpreted into 27 ASL videos.  Stop by the Acoustiguide desk just inside the Mall entrance on Madison Avenue to check out an Acoustiguide device and receive written instructions on accessing the tour.

The videos can also now be viewed online!

Assistive Listening Devices Available

ALDs are available for use on any public tour with three weeks’ advance notice if possible.  To view a full listing of tours visit and click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Baines or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.

To find more programs in ASL in the Washington, DC area, including museums and theaters, check out the Calendar of Events for the DC Arts & Access Network!

E-cigarettes may also cause hearing loss

January 27, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



Damage to inner ear of teen is an overlooked potential health risk to vaping
Nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow

The Sacramento Bee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 2.4 million teens use electronic cigarettes, and that 70 percent of middle and high school students have been exposed to e-cig advertising.|

There’s renewed attention to the potential health risks of e-cigs, but overlooked is the danger to the hearing of young people. A study published last June confirmed confirmed the adverse effects of smoking on the inner ear of adolescents.

While e-cigarettes do not produce carbon monoxide, tar and other toxic chemicals associated with regular cigarettes, most include nicotine. While nicotine’s toxic effects on the ear are not fully understood, it is well established that nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow.

U.S. News – OPINION – Beware of DIY Health Care

January 27, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Both health and wallets suffer when people bypass medical experts in favor of do-it-yourself diagnoses and treatment for hearing loss.

U.S.News and World Report
By Jaynee Handelsman

A do-it-yourself world sounds good – in theory.

Do-it-yourself auto repairs might make sense for the savvy and mechanically inclined, while do-it-yourself electricians should probably think twice about it. But do-it-yourself health care? Probably not. Yet easy access to health information online and a culture that too often encourages speed over quality is leading Americans down a very unhealthy path.

I’ve witnessed this vividly in the world of hearing loss, where quick fixes that are “easier and cheaper” are being passed off as solutions to complex hearing challenges. There is no cookie-cutter solution to hearing health, no matter how many of these stories are published. The result we’re seeing in the world of audiology is people taking shortcuts that undermine their hearing in ways that can waste money, allow issues to fester and ultimately harm their quality of life.

Read more  . . . do-it-yourself 

Court rules Hopkins wrongly rescinded job offer to deaf nurse

January 27, 2016 in Community News, Disability Law, Employment



The Baltimore Sun
by Meredith Cohn – 
Contact Reporter
January 25, 2016

Hopkins rescinded a job offer of deaf nurse because of the cost of full-time interpreters.

Johns Hopkins Hospital violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act when officials rescinded a job offer to a deaf nurse after she requested a sign-language interpreter, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week.

Joseph B. Espo, a lawyer for the nurse, Lauren Searls, called it an “important victory” that could send a message to other medical institutions about the capabilities of deaf workers.

Hopkins had told Searls it was a cost issue in a letter, but in its response to the lawsuit, officials called her employment both a financial hardship and a threat to patient safety, Espo said. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake rejected those arguments, he said.

Read More  . . . Deaf Nurse

NAD and Gogo Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

January 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay



Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos.  The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

This is the first agreement of its kind with an in-flight entertainment company, and is the result of the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television that are viewed in flight on U.S. domestic flights.  Passengers using their own personal Wi-Fi enabled devices can access a Gogo Vision server located on aircraft of certain airlines that contain an extensive library of movies and television shows.

Read entire  . . .NAD  Press Release


Related Articles: Gogo and US Deaf group agree landmark captioning deal

NVAD no General Meeting in February

January 22, 2016 in Community News



There will be no General Meeting in February,

We will have Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

NVAD President
Donna K. Graff-Viall

These Headphones promise protection- noise-induced hearing loss

January 21, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



Puro Labs Bluetooth headphones review:
These cans promise protection from noise-induced hearing loss
by Theo Nicolakis
Jan 21, 2016

Hearing is a precious gift. And while everyone’s hearing declines naturally with age, our lifestyle choices can be a key factor in noise-induced hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, as many as 16 percent of teens (children aged 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise—including listening to music while wearing headphones.

Prolonged exposure to loud noise—especially at higher volumes—can cause permanent hearing damage in a surprisingly short amount of time. Puro Sound Labs promises its Bluetooth headphones can reduce your risk of noise-induced hearing loss while listening to music. The company sent its model BT-2200 (for kids) and model BT-5200 (for adults) for this evaluation.

Read full  . . . . Review

Research Study Deaf Infant Participants Needed

January 21, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research


Research Study Participants Needed: Do you or someone you know have a deaf baby between six to 12 months old? Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. is seeking participants for a study on neuroimaging. See flyer for more details.

DOWNLOAD – Infant-Study-Flyer-all-6-12mo-1