A new website has been launched to provide resources and support to children with hearing loss, their families, and professionals working with them. This is a ‘go-to’ site for professionals and family members seeking to
identify and address listening, social communication and learning issues
of children with hearing loss of all ages. Resources provided include information on childhood hearing loss, educational support, and specialized knowledge to help meet a child’s needs. Check the website out to learn more.
Deaf people who use sign language are quicker at recognizing and interpreting body language than hearing non-signers, according to new research from investigators at UC Davis and UC Irvine. The work suggests that deaf people may be especially adept at picking up on subtle visual traits in the actions of others, an ability that could be useful for some sensitive jobs, such as airport screening. Read this article, to learn more.
Information about how to prepare for emergencies is now more accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) announced a new series of videos that explains disaster preparedness measures using American Sign Language (ASL) and is fully captioned.
Researchers in The Netherlands and Belgium have developed a portable
audiological device for testing and calibrating cochlear implants in
deaf patients. Acoustiblok was used in the device’s design to provide
the level of noise barrier necessary for the device to function
properly, while remaining light and portable.
A study of children in the western Arctic found 67% of
Inuit children had some degree of hearing loss. By some estimates 20 to 30% of
Inuit children with middle ear infections suffer hearing loss, compared
to 2-6% in the non-Aboriginal population. There are a host of causes for the poor hearing, many indicative of the
generally poor health and lowered life expectancy of Canada’s Arctic
Aboriginal people. In children, the greatest cause is chronic ear infections, which often follow from respiratory infections.
Beginning in the fall 2012 semester, Gallaudet University will
offer a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree for students who
are deaf or hard of hearing. Students who enroll in the 40-credit
program can expect to take courses such as ethics in management,
strategic leadership and management, and budgeting in public sector and
nonprofit organizations. Additionally, they will be able to take
evening, weekend and summer classes. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS) reports that city managers, medical or healthcare
managers and senior advocacy, grantmaking and civic organization work
are the types of jobs in which an MPA degree is necessary.
Educational Audiology Association’s First Online Conference to be held on May 16, 2012 from 11:00am-4:45 pm (Eastern). EAA is proud to host this innovative online event, which will bring together practitioners of all sorts who work together to support children with hearing loss and their families. If you are an audiologist, auditory-verbal therapist, parent of a child with hearing loss, physician, speech-language pathologist, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, or any other type of practitioner that works with children who have hearing loss, then this conference may be of interest to you. A group of six audiologists and researchers explore collaborative challenges, real life experiences, research evidence, and strategies. Read more to learn about this conference opportunity.
The March e-newsletter for the American Society for Deaf Children describes the networking
opportunities offered at the recent EHDI meeting in St. Louis is available. Read more
the engaging, respectful interactions experienced by members.
This study highlights the need to increase the rate at which
pediatric Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) receive and request infant
hearing screening results, and it suggests that improved infrastructure
could facilitate pediatric PCPs’ ability
to report and coordinate follow-up services for infants identified with