Of the 31 institutions in the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, 20 recognize sign language as a foreign language, and 15 offer sign language courses, according to ASG. Northwestern University is trying to have ASL included in the credited foreign languages as well. This article explains how the ASG and ASL are also considering the possibility of sign language fitting into the curriculum of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Communication.
When hearing aids and cochelar implants don’t work, some surgeons are trying a different way to help patients hear again. This article explains how surgeons put in an auditory brainstem implant or ABI to restore certain sounds.
A new tax break called “Payroll Giving” has been approved that allows an employee to directly deposit money to a charitable donation and receive a third back immediately rather than having to collect receipts and submit claims at the end of the tax year. This article explains how The Hearing House has been involved with this incentive to donate and how it has improved a child’s life.
Did you know that certain toys may be too loud for children and could cause hearing loss? According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) a sound measuring 85 dBA is safe for up to 8 hours while sound measuring at 100 dBA is only safe for 15 minutes! Sadly many toys measured by consumers groups this year exceeded 100 dBA – putting children at high risk for damaging their hearing within a matter of minutes of play time. This article provides information about which toys may be harmful to children and what to watch for when protecting a children’s hearing.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders/National Institutes of Health (NIDCD/NIH) sponsored a working group on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults with Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss on August 25-27, 2009. A summary of the working group meeting along with research recommendations can be found here: www.nidcd.nih.gov/.
Insurance policies sold in New Hampshire may be required to provide $1,500 in coverage for hearing aids every three years under a bill being considered by the House.
Interested in learning more about how EHDI programs are being implemented in other parts of the world? This brief article describes a volunteer project in the Dominican Republic and provides contact information for learning more about the non-profit group that organized the trip.
Early hearing detection invervention information for newborns. Health experts recommend screening for hearing problems before a newborn leaves the hospital. Two tests are used for newborn hearing screening: the auditory brain stem response and the otoacoustic emission test.
Engineer at the University of Texas at Dallas has received a grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to improve the hearing of cochlear implant patients where they previously struggled to hear (i.e. parties, sporting events, and other noisy and crowded places).
The Carle Foundation Hospital opens a new building in Urbana, Illinois for Expanding Children’s Hearing Opportunities (ECHO) program for children with hearing loss.