February 2004 archive

Rah! Rah!

When I was in high school, I knew of another person who was deaf and a cheerleader at another public high school. The local newspaper wrote an article about her. What is she doing today? She is a lawyer in LA. Cool, eh? Aside from lawyer jokes, of course. Reading Deaf cheerleader Krystal Delacruz keeps …

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Captioning Censorship

The Television Captioning Censorship List is a list of 200 US Department of Education recently disapproved TV shows by the Department? Technology and Media Services for IndIndividuals with Disabilities program, effective October 1, 2003. Looking at the approved vs. disapproved list, one can tell DOE selected more news and educational programming and got rid of …

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Cell Antennas Don't Play Nice

When investigating whether or not to get an implant, I looked into how security devices and other techie stuff impact the implant and its programming. There was talk that airport security systems would mess with the implant as do shopping security devices. In the end, these rarely have an impact on the implant and its …

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Gripe Gripe

I am sure the big supporters of the Deaf culture will be thrilled with this post, but I wouldn’t get too thrilled as I was perfectly fine with my digital hearing aids and it is a frustrating time for me. I need to give the whole CI business more time. I reported the processor broke. …

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Couple Gets CIs

Deaf Couple Can Now Hear Their Voices tells the story of two people who lost their hearing at a young age due to meningitis. They had a child and worried about hearing her cues, so they made the decision to have implants. One thing I liked about the story is that their deaf friends were …

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Train the Brain

JB wrote a great note and I think he explains why it is taking me a long time to make the most of the implant. “Most people do not realize that when you have not been able to hear, the addition of a device to assist in hearing does not give you instant understanding of …

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Deaf Athletes

Mainstream Deaf/Hard of Hearing & Coda Athletes is a list of athletes who are attending regular high schools (CODA means child of deaf adults). I played sports in high school and it was no big deal. I emailed the guy who is compiling the list to find out why he is doing it. Sure, in …

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Deaf to Reason

Deaf Today shares an article from the Telegraph (requires registration) about a mother’s experience in deciding what to do for her deaf son and running into roadblocks from the deaf community. My opinion is that it is none of the deaf community’s business what a parent or person decides to do in terms of language …

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Little Change

Not much update to the bionic ear. I’ve had the processor for almost six months, but of course, I mentioned I don’t have time to do practice listening skills. I’m patient about the whole deal, but when you frequently get asked how the hearing is going… it feels like the progress is too slow and …

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Cochlear Implant Inventors

There isn’t one person who outright invented the cochlear implant as Graeme M. Clark and NASA’s Adam Kissiah are recognized as individuals who made a large contribution to the bionic ear.