January 9, 2012 |
Imagine yourself in a country where nobody speaks your language. It becomes a necessity to rely on your other senses and hone your powers of observation. You welcome the times when you can "fill in the blanks" and get the gist of a conversation. Each situation is stressful: Will you be a participant or an observer? This is the life of a hearing-impaired person. We are not deaf, and, therefore, most of us do not read lips, sign or wear hearing devices 100% of the time. We try to preserve whatever hearing we have left.
March 1, 2011 |
If you're older, chances are you're at a higher risk for hearing loss -- in a recent study about 63% of adults over 70 had it. But the same study found that being black may have a protective effect. While about 64% of whites in the study showed some hearing loss, only 43% of blacks did. The study, published online recently in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences , analyzed data from a two-year cycle of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an ongoing national health research program.
January 17, 2011 |
If you think Bluetooth is a rare dental condition and an app is what you eat before the entree, you might not be a candidate for today's high-tech, whiz-bang smart phones. Instead, you might be happier with a mobile phone geared toward seniors. Those phones typically don't have Web-surfing capability, GPS maps and video games. Instead they have large buttons, oversized digital readouts and hearing-aid compatibility, along with a relatively simple calling plan. Although senior-friendly phones aren't new, their lower prices and variety are. A recent price skirmish among wireless companies means seniors can get an easy-to-use cellphone and cheap service to go with it, said Mac Haddow, senior fellow on public policy for the independent and nonprofit Alliance for Generational Equity.
October 17, 2008 |
Two moments that showed what UCLA tailback Derrick Coleman could accomplish and what he had to overcome came before he was 3 years old. "We had an Easter at his grandmother's house when he was 1; the kids had to wait while we hid the eggs," said May Hamlin, Coleman's mother. "When it was time, Derrick just plowed through everyone, running over the other kids. "His older cousin said right then, 'That kid is going to be a football player.'
March 29, 2008 |
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it wanted to fine Advanced Bionics, a Sylmar-based maker of cochlear implant hearing aids, $2.2 million for alleged manufacturing violations that put patients at risk. The FDA accused Advanced Bionics of failing to follow manufacturing standards to ensure the safety and quality of the hearing aids.
March 12, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- When you're born in no man's land, nothing seems more distant than a place you can call home. Josh Swiller, the Yale-educated son of a prominent family, grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side, but was nonetheless born on one of America's invisible margins, the silent world of the deaf. Swiller recounts in a newly released memoir how his search for a place in the world took him as far from Central Park as he could imagine, and how he found friendship, affection and a sense of himself alongside a river in Zambia.