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Think about it: Mind-controlled hearing aid developed

New York City - A new advancement with digital hearing aid technology, where the hearing device can be tuned in by thought, has been unveiled. The aim is to enable the hearing impaired to cope better with environments with high-levels and fluctuating background noise.

Smart glasses introduced for hearing impaired theater goers

London - For those with impaired hearing subtitles for movies and television programs open up a rich stream of entertainment. Going to the theater has been challenging, until now. Smart glasses are being tested to assist the hard of hearing to enjoy the stage.

Deaf driver shot dead by US police during traffic stop

Miami - Authorities in the southern US state of North Carolina are investigating the death of a deaf man who was fatally shot after a trooper tried to pull him over for speeding.

Organizations demand trained interpreters for deaf Oregon inmates

Last Monday, three organizations filed a letter to the Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), Colette S. Peters on behalf of deaf inmates in Oregon.

Justice Department expands Americans With Disabilities Act

Washington - The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Customers order with sign language in Canada's only 'deaf' diner

Toronto - At this Toronto restaurant, most of the servers have limited or no hearing and only take their orders in American Sign Language.

Interactive storybook iPad app especially for ASL deaf children Special

Washington - Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) has released a bilingual storybook app for the iPad, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, mainly developed to help language acquisition and reading in children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

New implantable hearing device approved

The first implantable device for people with severe or profound sensorineural hearing loss of high-frequency sounds in both ears has been approved.

FCC adopts new closed captioning quality standards

Washington - Closed captioning has been around for a number of years, serving the deaf, hard of hearing, and learning disabled. New standards will make closed captioning even better on TV.

Jimmy Kimmel interpreter finds Mandela imposter talked gibberish

New York - A memorial service to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela was held Tuesday. The main topics following the service were world leaders taking selfies and a fake deaf-signer, Thamsanqa Jantjie. Just what was that signer telling the world?

Kindle Fire HDX 7' Tablet to have built in accessibility features

Chicago - Amazon has provided minimal accessibility in the development of their previous Kindle devices. For the first time a Kindle device will have built in accessibility for a number of disabilities

Chicago Park District gives deaf basketball players a new home Special

The Chicago Park District builds upon healthy sports activity while including special programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Watch 'Deaf bulldog feeling the blues'

Jamynne Bowle's English bulldog shows us in this viral video that a deaf pooch can feel the blues. The footage shows Bowle's dog dancing, rocking back and forth, in time to soulful twelve-bar blues from an acoustic guitar.

Belgium doctors euthanize twin brothers who were going blind

Brussel - A case involving two identical twin brothers who requested to be euthanized by doctors in Brussels prompted officials with the Belgium government to postpone a proposed amendment to the country's euthanasia laws.

Scientists allow deaf mice to hear again

A science team have developed a drug that, when injected into the inner ears of deaf mice, partially restores their hearing.

Call for a universal sign-language for scientists

Although there is some commonality with the various hand gestures used in sign-language used in science there are also many differences, especially for more complex sounding (not to mention meaning) words and phrases. This could be about to change.

Deaf child must change his name sign as it resembles a gun

Grand Island - Three-year-old Hunter Spanjer is deaf. He has been told by a Nebraska public school to change his name sign, as it resembles a gun, or face expulsion.

Woman born deaf hears herself for first time (video)

A 29-year-old woman who was born deaf recently heard herself for the first time, and her husband caught her reaction on film.

Can Viagra make men deaf?

Viagra is taken by thousands of British men, but doctors are warning men that the blue pill may actually cause deafness.

Two men stabbed when sign language mistaken for gang signs

Hallandale - Two hearing-impaired men, who were out for a birthday celebration, were stabbed at a Florida bar when their sign language was mistaken for gang signals.

People blind, deaf from birth have remaining senses enhanced Special

Some people believe those born blind or deaf are able to partially compensate by developing heightened abilities in their remaining senses. Others believe this is a myth. Who's right?

In Kota Kinabalu where even the deaf hear the Good News

Kota Kinabalu - The service is offered by a group of volunteers through sign language translated hymns, readings, Gospel and homily. With over 20 years, the initiative allows more than 80 deaf people, especially children, to attend Mass every Sunday.

Deaf rapper breaks into music industry with major recording deal

The 28-year-old deaf rapper and songwriter from metro Detroit has landed a contract with Web Entertainment, the Ferndale, Michigan production company and label that helped break Eminem.

Florida makes educational breakthroughs in deaf community Special

Saint Augustine - A deaf education professor and her students cut through the silence and penetrate barriers between the deaf and hearing through proactive and innovative practices in Florida.

Hair Grown From Stem Cells May Help The Deaf

New stem cell research growing hairs may help the deaf hear again. The research is still in the early stages but it may be possible in time for stem cells therapy to be used to cure certain types of deafness.

Chinese girl receives 'kiss of deaf'

A couple enjoyed a passionate kiss but it caused the young Chinese woman to become partially deaf. The Chinese newspapers are warning couples to proceed cautiously when they kiss.

Cellphone Sign Language Comes to U.S.

A group at the University of Washington has developed software that for the first time enables deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to use sign language over a mobile phone.

Afghan Gunfire Making British Soldiers Deaf

Many British soldiers in Afghanistan are being deafened for life due to intense gun fighting with high-velocity machine guns, mortars and anti-tank weapons according to a report by The Sun.

Swastikas, `KKK' written on deaf student

A group of students at a Washington high school for the deaf wrote "KKK" and swastikas on a black student's body with a marker while holding him against his will, police said Wednesday.

Technology Is Helping The Deaf

In a world of silence new technology is helping to connect the deaf with the outside. The use of computers, specialized phones and text messaging is opening doors for those with no or limited hearing.
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