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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
9:27 pm - Tinnitus usually does not phase me...

Tinnitus usually does not phase me, I am so used to it, have had it for so long. But for the past two days I have been hearing what I think are alarms.. until I realize it's just the tinnitus. A bit disconcerting. Our brains are usually pretty good at only picking up on unusual types of sounds and phasing out the familiar ones... so I have been fooled a couple of times thinking that alarms were going off.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
8:58 pm

The "I Can't Hear You!" Tee. For one of those days when you are sick of people talking to your back! - http://www.zazzle.com/the_i_cant_hear_you_tee-235071837329878734.

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Monday, August 5th, 2013
9:29 am - Google Glass: Not for the Hearing Impaired

Check this out... http://mashable.com/2013/08/05/google-glass-hearing-impaired/

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Monday, October 1st, 2012
2:27 pm - Cross hearing aids

Does anyone on here have cross hearing aids? I heard from an ENT that the technology's gotten a lot better in the last few years and recommended it for me. I have no idea if I want to go for it or not. So, anyone with experience with them?

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012
4:39 pm - Music Videos

Does anybody here ever watch the music videos on this site? The one below is a sweet back to school one.

Next one's more normal... "Let's Mambo" by Sean Forbes.

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012
5:26 pm


Hey, we need some help in Taos, New Mexico... nowhere in town is there a place where we can go to watch films!

Translux sold the storyteller movie theater... Everyone please email the new people and tell them that they need to install rear-window captioning for the Deaf!!!! Or, ask them to include digital projectors that sync up with caption boxes... like the Century 14 Downtown theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Email Brian Mitchell, @ mitfarms@elkhart.com
or call their Office: (575)-758-9707

(Being non-compliant with ADA laws, uncool!)

Pass on!

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
11:55 am - resources

hi, my name is care. i am a hearing person with episodes of aphasia. i'm taking ASL class after my first one 20 years ago. my first class was in ontario and now i'm in michigan. i'm seeing a lot of discrepancies between the signs the teacher is do and some books.

i'm looking for good books to help me learn the most commonly used signs.

and are the days of the week signed with the letter towards yourself or away? i've now been taught both ways.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2012
11:56 pm

I'm currently studying to be a speech-language pathologist and am taking an auditory rehabilitation course this summer that requires me to complete a short paper with interviews with people with hearing loss who use or have used a hearing aid. I figured this community might be a good place to start (though I know that not everyone who is hard of hearing uses a hearing aid.)

The survey is rather short and I've copied the questions behind a cutCollapse )

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012
1:13 pm - Cycling while HoH - safety advice?

Every summer I get a strong itch to buy a cute bicycle to commute to work! Cycling is so healthy and environmentally friendly, and I don't have a car so I think it would be pretty liberating as well. However, I haven't yet taken the plunge since it is impossible for me to hear anyone or anything approaching me from behind (and I'm sure wind noise is only going to exacerbate the situation), plus my city doesn't have bike lanes, so I'm very concerned about safety. I'm not finding very much info online that pertains to bike safety for the deaf and hard of hearing - do any of you fine folks have suggestions, please? I know that helmet mirrors are an option, but for aesthetic purposes I'm wondering if there are any other choices - handebar mirrors, perhaps?

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer!

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
9:00 pm - Deaf Teenagers- Communication Tips (Animated)


A short animation made by a group of Deaf teenagers giving survival tips for awkward situations that sometimes come up in everyday life. Both funny and useful, this is an invaluable guide for any Deaf teenagers, their friends and family, and especially for bus drivers!

Deaf Teens

(Cute, clay-mation short I found on youtube.)

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
12:55 pm - Baby signing time

The whole set is on baby steals today for 79 dollars. I'm broke right now but I'm sure someone on here could use this deal.

Posted via m.livejournal.com.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
4:52 pm - CIs

At the risk of seeming controversial re. cochlear implant debate. I've always wondered why medical profession, scientists and researchers has persisted in its approach of inserting technology to improve hearing, and yet no sign of any "bionic eye," particularly when most would pick blindness as the most devastating sense to lose.

I find it hard to believe that with all the technological advances in cameras/ high definition imagery/surgical procedures and so forth, that more "interventions" could be made in this field, or am I just being naive?

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
1:53 pm


I have a 65% hearing loss in both ears, and even with hearing aides I do not get 100% of a conversation. I usually make up for this by picking out all the words from a sentence that I can and then try to figure out what the speaker is saying from that. I have a terrible time with people who have heavy accents, because I cannot even pick up any words from them. For this reason, I hate calling help desks, customer service lines or anything because 9 times out of 10, I am connected to someone with a heavy accent. For example, today I received a phone call about a job in the healthcare field and I could literally only pick out three words that the guy was saying - just "resume, "application" and "Baltimore". I requested to speak to someone else, or to correspond differently, but I don't even know if he understood what I was saying because I couldn't make out his responses.

I get very annoyed because if I complain about this to even people that know I have a hearing loss but have perfect hearing themselves, they take it as me being racist because I cannot understand people with accents. I have even been told once that I am not trying hard enough. Yes, because willpower will totally force me to be able to understand someone. If I am around an accented person long enough, like my French teacher, I can start to pick up on their way of speaking even though I still never understand them quite as well. However, over the phone? Never. Plus, there are some accents that I cannot pick up on no matter how long I am around someone. I had a teacher from Pakistan, and I understood her fine after a few weeks. Another teacher I had though, from India, I was never able to understand. I eventually started skipping his classes because the Economics department thought I was complaining about him being from India and speaking with an accent, rather than considering my hearing loss. This probably also has to do with the fact that I have more trouble hearing male voices in general than female voices.

Does anyone else have this problem? If so, what do you do so that people don't think that you are being racist and are seriously just having trouble with hearing and understanding.

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Monday, September 26th, 2011
4:56 pm

Question for the group...Do you refer to yourself as HoH or partially deaf when explaining your hearing loss to other people and why? What do you think of yourself as?

I ask this because I am a full-time college student, moderate hearing loss. I wear hearing aids in class, however as you all know, this does not ensure that I can understand everything being said. The professors and my fellow students while aware of my loss, do not seem to understand that it is significant.  That when I tell them I'm HoH that I'm not just talking about someone who occasionally doesn't understand a word.  I only have a 65% comprehensionrate with the hearing aids!  In my mind I'm partially deaf, but I've always called myself HoH.  Do you think it would get things across clearer if I start to refer to myself as partially deaf?  I've been debating this for a while, and my friends with normal hearing haven't really been of much help.

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Monday, September 12th, 2011
12:37 pm

Has anyone had AWFUL experience with Phonak's repair dept?
I sent back my hearing aid (through my audi) because it had a short and was going in and out. They sent it back, still broken. And then hours after i got it back, it went from going in and out, to being totally 100% broken.

Whats worse is that this is the THIRD time this hearing aid has broken, and every single one of those 3x, i had to send it in twice for them to fix it! they keep sending it back still broken! Then they finally fix it, and it breaks again.


They refuse to just send me a replacement, which means every time this happens, i have to go without hearing anything in my left er for 4 days. and then AGAIN, when they don't fix it and i have to send it back a second time. My audi and I both argued, but apparently it is "policy."


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Friday, June 24th, 2011
12:45 pm - unused hearing aid batteries! who wants 'em?

I recently got new hearing aids, with a different battery size than I've used before - which means I've got a whole lot (49, to be precise) of size 13 hearing aid batteries sitting around being useless to me.

Would anyone be interested in buying them off me? These retail for about $1 per, but I'd be happy enough to sell the whole batch for far less than that - make me an offer!

Alternately, does anyone know of an appropriate charity or nonprofit I could donate them to?

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Monday, June 20th, 2011
4:45 pm - Question about Relay Services.

Do you use any over InstantMessenger apps?

If so, which one (SipRelay, SprintRelay, etc) and what protocol (AIM, ICQ, GTalk).

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
6:19 pm - Hello, newbie here.

Just joined. I'm KJ. I'm hard-of-hearing. Profound hearing loss due to an undeveloped nerve in ear.
I'm wearing the frequently advertised "invisible" behind the ear models. And the no volume control drives me nuts! When the ones I'm wearing gets worn out, I'm definitely am going to try to go back to the old user-controlled-volume hearing aids if they're still around.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
6:50 pm - Skype and lipreading

Does anyone here use Skype (or something similar) with video chat to talk to people? Assuming a fast enough connection, is the video smooth enough that lipreading is possible? Is it like watching Youtube or Hulu or Netflix streaming?

The last time I looked into this (which was probably years ago) webcams were sending a series of stills and it was not complete or smooth enough for lipreading. It sounds like maybe the technology has improved, but for some reason I'm having trouble Googling information about it. Thanks!

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
10:49 pm


I am not a second class citizen because of my hearing impairment. I can do everything that you do at work just as well as you, if not better! And I have to work a lot harder at it too.. do you realize how exhausting it is to lip-read all day long? Why don't you try it sometime?

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