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Research Study on Benefits of Post-Implantation Training

April 13, 2014 in Community News, Research

Invites Adult Cochlear Implant Users to Participate

*Washington DC/ Maryland/Virginia Residents Only*

What is the Study’s Purpose?
This study is looking at the effectiveness of training for adults who have received cochlear implants. We would like to determine whether a special training program can help cochlear implant users improve their understanding of speech and communication in daily life.

Who Can Participate?
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, post-lingually deafened (onset of hearing loss after having learned spoken language), fluent in English, and have had their cochlear implant between three months and three years.

Participating in this study may improve your communication ability, further knowledge in this area, and help determine the best training method for cochlear implant users.

When and Where?
Participation will require eight weekly visits (90 minutes each) scheduled at your convenience. There will be two follow-up visits; one at two months and one at six months following the last training session (also running 90 minutes each).

You will be able to participate at one of several Washington Metropolitan area locations including Gallaudet University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the Hearing Loss Association of America’s national office in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Some of the training sessions are now available on site at the Northern Virginia Resource Center in Fairfax,Virginia 

To get more information on how to enroll in this study, please contact: Claire Bernstein, Ph.D,  Gallaudet University,at 202-448-7204, or send an email to: CITrainingStudy@hearingresearch.org

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards at Gallaudet University and The George Washington University. Identifying information will be kept confidential.

No(ah), No(ah) – It’s Too Loud, By Gael Hannan

April 10, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Hearing Loss & Deafness

By Gael Hannan, Hearing Health Matters 4/8/2014

In hindsight, we should have picked the movie about the spelling bee over the cute animals marching two by two into Russell Crowe’s ark.



I mean, how loud can a spelling bee be, whereas Noah turned out to be a surprise candidate for the Loudest Movie I’ve Ever Seen award.  But who knew?  The

Spoiler Alert:  
Noah is too loud with non-stop visual effects.other choices for a movie night with the Hearing Husband and my hearing friend Wendy were action/thriller films that we figured would be too loud with non-stop and over-the-top visual effects.

While it’s not a religious movie, there are angels in the form of gigantic stone-lava transformers.  And there are hordes of screaming people who can’t swim and don’t have tickets for the ark.  When le déluge starts, the water comes not only from the sky, but from mighty geysers roaring up from the earth, hundreds of feet in the air, presumably as part of the Creator’s plan to get that boat afloat as quickly as possible.  And all of these noise sources happen at the same time, creating a mega-decibel cacophony that almost melted my hearing aids.

I wish I had been able to turn on the Decibel Meter app on my cellphone to measure the volume.  But I didn’t have any free fingers.  I had taken out one of my in-the-ear hearing aids because it was magnifying the already loud noise (when is compression supposed to kick in?) in a sensory onslaught that made my head vibrate and my eyeballs ache.

My other hand was helping to balance my popcorn and drink, because the drink holder contained my CaptiViewcaption thingy.  (I’ve complained about this before; if my caption device is in the drink holder, I have to hold the huge drink in my lap.  A shout out to movie chains – get the Sony Caption Glasses system.  It places the captions where you want them and leaves your hands free for food, drink and hearing aids.)  . . .

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Hearing Loss Affects Personality Among Elderly

April 4, 2014 in Community News, Research

From IANS, 4/2/2014
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 Hearing loss among old people leaves a deep impact in their personality as well, research finds.

The researchers studied 400 people in the age group of 80-98 over a period of six years.

They were assessed in terms of physical and mental measures as well as personality aspects such as extraversion, which reflects the inclination to be outgoing and emotional stability in every two years.

The results show that even if the emotional stability remained constant over the period, the participants became less outgoing.

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Webinar: Measuring the Financial Capability of Persons with Disabilities

March 26, 2014 in Community Events, Research

Measuring the Financial Capability of Persons with Disabilities

WHEN – Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3 pm to 4:15 pm EST

Realtime captioning will be provided. For other accommodation requests, and questions about the webinar or the registration process, contact Keith Combs at kcombs@ndi-inc.org

Join National Disability Institute and Bank of America as we discuss measuring the financial capability of persons with disabilities. Financial Capability is defined as building knowledge and skills for informed decision making about budgeting, money management, credit, debt, and savings that lead to tangible improvements in an individual’s financial health and stability. Financial capability is often measured by whether consumers can cover monthly expenses with income, track spending, plan ahead, save for the future and effectively navigate, select and manage financial products and services. For persons with disabilities, there are additional indicators to be considered when measuring financial capability. This webinar will identify NDI’s Financial Capability Indicators for Persons with Disabilities and explore new tools and strategies that organizations can use to improve the financial capability of persons with disabilities.

Webinar objectives:

  • Define financial capability
  • Define and understand financial capability indicators for persons with disabilities
  • Identify tools and strategies to improve the financial capability of persons with disabilities
  • Understand the connection between financial capability and employment goals

Register for this webinar by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link:https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=660464703

This webinar is made possible by 
Bank of America
NDI would like to thank our 2014 sponsors:

ACORDA, Walmart, & Bank of America

Global Deaf Women Retreat in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on May 2-4, 2014!

March 20, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 5th Annual Global Deaf Women’s Power of Me Retreat:

Be Visible, Expand Your Business, and Prosper As An Entrepreneur! This year, the hottest topics in the Deaf community among entrepreneurs is about visibility and accountability!

If you’re wondering how to make your business stand out from the rest, or how to expand your business and prosper with sales, marketing, and much more, you’ll find answers at our POM 2014 Retreat in beautiful Chevy Chase, Maryland, on May 2-4, 2014! Are you ready to take on the POM experience?

Come learn how to expand or launch your business with powerful coaching tips from Sofia Seitchik, the founder of Global Deaf Women, and other leading Deaf entrepreneurs! Here’s what you will experience at Power of Me 2014:

* Five Exciting Workshops
* An Amazing Business Panel Led By Missy Keast, DeafNation blogger and owner of ASL Inside about how Deaf entrepreneurs should be treated that is open To ALL Deaf Entrepreneurs!
* Business Break-Through Activities
* Dessert Evening Party
* Business Networking
* Morning Yoga
* Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
* Two Nights of Lodging

Get your registration ticket right now at these exclusive prices!
Registration is limited to 50 women only.


Any questions, please email Sofia Seitchik at Sofia@globaldeafwomen.com

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Hearing Loss Tied to Depression in Study

March 20, 2014 in Research

Women, non-seniors more likely to be affected this way, researchers say

Hearing Loss Tied to Depression in Study
By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hearing loss is associated with depression among American adults, especially women and those younger than age 70, according to new research.

While other studies previously have found the same link, many of them looked only at older adults or at specific regions or ethnicities, and results have been mixed, the researchers pointed out.

In the new study, as hearing declined, the percentage of depressed adults increased — from about 5 percent in those who had no hearing problems to more than 11 percent in those who did.

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Univ. of Fla. researchers find potential way to prevent hearing loss

March 19, 2014 in Community News, Research

Gainsville Sun

Tuesday,  at 11:17 by 

Once you lose your hearing, you don’t get it back–at least not biologically.

For that reason, scientists are keen on preventing hearing loss, particularly if it’s induced by common medications.

University of Florida researchers have come up with a way that at least in animals (guinea pigs) helps prevent the hearing loss caused by the antibiotic called gentamicin, which belongs to a class of antibiotic . . . .

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Researchers receive $3 million grant from NIH to study effects of asymmetric hearing loss

March 18, 2014 in Research

Published on March 13, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of asymmetric hearing loss in adults and children.

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Researchers find potential cure for noise-induced hearing loss

February 28, 2014 in Research

From KLTV7 – KLTV.com 2/26/14

A new procedure could soon help people who have noise-induced hearing loss.

A new procedure could soon help people who have noise-induced hearing loss.

By Kristen King - email,

If you know someone who works in a construction site or listens to their music a little too loudly, then this story is for you. Very loud noises are one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Now a new study says that loss of hearing may not have to be permanent.

Almost 50 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Dr Jennifer Holdman of Livingston Audiology and Hearing Aid Center gives tests to determine noise induced hearing loss.

“We have noise exposure from occupations. Right now, hearing aids are the only solution. Nothing’s perfect but we can get people where they need to be able to communicate clearly with their loved ones,” says Holdman.

Read more . . . .

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.



HUD Drops Legal Challenge of Apache Trails Housing for Elderly Deaf

January 27, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Arizona: Challenge to Housing for the Deaf Is Dropped

By FERNANDA SANTOS, The New York Times, 1/24/2014

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development ended a two-year legal dispute on Friday with the state and a private developer of subsidized housing, which it had accused of discrimination for favoring the deaf and the hard-of-hearing over others seeking to live in a 75-unit complex for the elderly built to fit the needs of the deaf. In a letter, HUD officials said that the type of federal funding used to build the complex, Apache ASL Trails, in Tempe, did not prevent it from giving preference to a specific group of disabled individuals. The agency closed its investigation and removed its legal challenges against the development, which was designed by a deaf architect and offers video phones and lights that flash when the phone or doorbell rings at each unit, among other features.


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Girl with Hearing Loss Writes to Derrick Coleman

January 23, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Girl with Hearing Loss Writes to Derrick Coleman

A young girl who wears two hearing aids sent a letter to Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who wears a hearing aid and was recently featured in a wonderful commercial.

To read the letter from the girl and response from Derrick Coleman: http://bit.ly/1cYOJD7

To see the inspiring commercial: http://bit.ly/1fePV8q


FDA Study of Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Hearing Loss

January 20, 2014 in Research

FDA-Regulated Study of Cord Blood Stem Cells
to Treat Acquired Hearing Loss Launches

From PR Newswire

SAN BRUNO, Calif., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®), the world’s largest and most experienced newborn stem cell company, announces the start of a U.S. Food and Drug (FDA)-regulated study being conducted at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando to investigate the use of a child’s stem cells from their own stored umbilical cord blood as a treatment for acquired sensorineural hearing loss.

<image001.jpg>In the United States, approximately 15 percent of children suffer from low or high-frequency hearing loss.[i] The most common type of hearing loss, especially at high frequencies, is sensorineural. Acquired sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to hair cells in the inner ear (cochlea) and can be caused by illness, medication, noise exposure, birth injury, or head trauma. A child’s ability to hear affects the development of language skills, and hearing impairments can lead to poor academic and social development.[ii]

The groundbreaking phase 1 study has a primary objective of determining the safety of using cord blood stem cells in a select pediatric patient population while also assessing whether this approach to treatment improves inner ear function, speech, and language development. Researchers will follow 10 children, ranging in age from 6 weeks to 6 years, who have been diagnosed with acquired hearing loss for less than 18 months and who have their own cord blood unit processed and stored under CBR’s strict quality controls. Children with a known genetic cause of deafness are ineligible for study participation. Patients will receive one intravenous infusion of their own umbilical cord blood stem cells. All patients will return for follow-up at 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year post-treatment.

The trial, supported by CBR, follows promising evidence from preclinical studies suggesting that the infusion of human umbilical cord stem cells may help repair damaged cells in the inner ear in ways that could lead to hearing improvement.[iii]

“As more children survive premature birth, we are observing increasing numbers of very young children with significant acquired hearing loss, and currently there are no therapies available for reversing that damage,” says Linda Baumgartner M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS cert. AVT, the trial’s Speech and Language Pathologist and hearing loss expert.  James Baumgartner, MD, Surgical Director of Florida Hospital for Children’s Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center and the study’s principal investigator notes that “presently, the only treatment options for acquired sensorineural hearing loss are hearing aids or cochlear implants, neither of which actually repairs the damage. Read the rest of the story at http://bit.ly/1dYrxpl


Loudoun County Board Room has Assistive Listening System

January 17, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

New Assistive Listening System for Loudoun County Board Room

From Loudoun Announcements 1/15/2014

Loudoun County has installed a hearing loop system in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, which allows people with hearing aids to receive a clear signal without any background noise, and makes the room more accessible to people with hearing disabilities.

The hearing loop system is integrated with the room’s audio/visual system to provide program audio and voice directly to those with “T-coil” (telecoil)-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The hearing loop is a wire that has been placed around the perimeter of the Board Room. The wire acts as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid. When hearing aid users select the ‘T’ (telecoil) setting on a hearing aid, they can pick up the sounds spoken into the room’s microphones instead of the hearing aid’s internal microphone. This allows the listener to receive a clear, magnetic, wireless signal without any background noise.

Loudoun is among the first local governments in the region to install a hearing loop in its main government meeting room. The Board Room is the site of many government meetings, including those of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The county also has new FM assistive listening devices in the Board Room. The devices include headsets and receivers and provide an alternative for people with a hearing loss, or people who have a hearing aid without a T-coil, to hear more clearly.

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Can Attending an NFL Game Be Hazardous to Your Hearing?

January 3, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Uncategorized

Can Attending An NFL Game Be Hazardous To Your Hearing?
Salus University College of Audiology Offers Fan-friendly Advice as Eagles-Saints Clash Nears

From Gnomes National News Service, 1/2/2014

This NFL season has seen unprecedented competition among fan bases vying for the crown of loudest stadium venue. Dr. Victor H. Bray, Dean of the Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology, and his colleagues, are concerned about potential hearing damage amid the increasingly deafening drumbeat to rock the house on the road to the Super Bowl.  ”The decibel levels at most football stadiums are beginning to resemble NASCAR races, so it makes good sense for fans to bring and use hearing protection. As a general rule, if a fan has to shout to be heard by the person next to them, that’s a sure sign that it’s loud enough to warrant the use of earplugs or headphones,” he suggests.  “Use of foam earplugs, especially early in life, is easy and relatively inexpensive compared to the reliance on hearing aids later in life.”

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Gael Hannan on Church and Singing Christmas Songs

December 17, 2013 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

♪ Do You Hear What I Hear? ♪

By Gael Hannanhearinghealthmatters.org, 12/16/2013

Very soon, I’m going to be an angel. Before you reach for the sympathy cards, I can assure you I feel fine ; I’m  not planning on leaving this earth any time soon.

On Christmas Eve, I’m doing my annual gig at my church: as the Christmas Angel, I narrate the nativity story at the early children’s service. It’s one of those simply magical events.  The church is beautiful and dark with twinkling lights. Everyone’s excited.  And as my Angel tells the story, the children come and join me at the appropriate time , dressed as little shepherds, donkeys, stars, wise men, angels and the occasional Lady Gaga.

Church has always been one of the most communication-accessible areas of my life with hearing loss – because I understand most of what’s being said and sung. I grew up listening to music lying on the floor, ear pressed against the stereo so I could ‘get the words’.  That was the theory, anyway, because I still have my own lyrics to many songs. (They don’t make sense, but I make up for that with a terrific sense of rhythm.) It took many years and good hearing aids before I knew the proper words for some songs. Even now, if you were to watch me singing in a group sing-along, you’d see my lips moving in different directions than anyone else’s – it looks like really bad lip-synching, although I’m just singing it like I know it.

In answer to that beautiful Christmas song, Do You Hear What I Hear?, my answer is most likely probably not.   Take Walking in a Winter Wonderland, for example. The first two lines go like this:

♪ Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening…♪

Gael’s version:

♪ Sleigh bells ring, are ya with me?
Don’t delay-y-y, your naughty whistling…♪

That’s the way I heard the words.  Now, if this song had been in the Presbyterian hymnbook, I’d have got the words right from the get-go. Growing up in a church-going family, all the hymns were printed right there, in the hymnbook. Once I learned to read, I sang those songs the way they were written, with words that madesense (more or less.) Hymnbooks were trailblazers of print interpretation!

The church I went to as a child used an amplification system that, when the minister spoke in his already booming voice, almost blew the roof off.  But, in my pre-hearing aid days, it sounded fine – if I was paying attention. I think that’s why my dad and mom (6’4 and 5’11” respectively) felt safe sitting near the back of the congregation. They didn’t want to block the view for people behind them and they figured their hard of hearing daughter wasn’t listening anyway.

In my teens and twenties, still a regular church-goer, my hearing worsened. I sat closer to the front, as did my parents who were aging and shrinking, posing less of a barrier to the smaller people behind them.  Sitting at the front, I could speechread the minister and other speakers, but difficulty came with prayer time (you know, thelong ones). When I closed my eyes, as we were supposed to, I couldn’t understand anything between Dear God and Amen! I didn’t want to risk offending the Almighty by closing my eyes and drifting off to I-can’t-hear-you-la-la-land, so I scrunched my eyes shut and kept repeating to myself, “Ditto, Lord! Whatever he’s saying, that’s goes for me, too. Ditto-Amen.”

These days, I’m a bit smarter. My church is accessible with good acoustics, a superb sound system, and FM receivers that I hope somebody is using. I still sit in the second row for easy speechreading. But now, I keep my eyes open during the prayers – to watch the lips of the person reading the prayers. It’s always a shock for  him or her to look around and catch me staring them down. I try not to smile because it throws them off, and then other people wake up, thinking prayers are over.

Read the rest of the story with Gael’s account of being asked to give the sermon at another church at http://bit.ly/1elCiIr.


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