March 2005 archive

Dallas Professor Wins Grant

A professor in my hometown has won a $1.5 million grant for improving a hearing aid device. “The end result of the project will be to enable users of cochlear implants to hear better in noisy situations and listen to music.” Isn’t that what Cochlear’s whisper feature is for? We can listen to music with …

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Deaf Town and Apartments

The groundbreaking ceremony for apartments in Seattle designed specifically for Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault takes place on March 28. The complex will have 19 units of affordable housing, integrated services, and technology. Elsewhere in South Dakota, planners are working on creating an entire town for the deaf. Why South …

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CI Controversy in Pittsburgh

Ah… the controversy’s flame continues burning strong… The Toledo Blade reports, “The family stopped at a fast-food restaurant and encountered students from a New York school for the deaf. They took one look at Nino’s [cochlear] implant and started signing feverishly with the help of their interpreter. They assailed Mrs. Russo for choosing the implant …

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Leda Maliga has announced a documentary about cochlear implants. Her film Pilar will be screening at two festivals in April. It is a portrait of her sister and follows her over eight years starting months before she was implanted with a cochlear implant. It covers the operation, the day they activated the device, and the …

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Hearing Dogs

I’ve heard from people who have hearing dogs and they love them. It’s hard work for both the dog and the owner. I couldn’t imagine putting that much energy into ensure the dog stays on top of things. Besides, I’ve got three kids instead 🙂

FDA Approves New Cochlear Implant System

The Nucleus Freedom implant has received FDA approval this month. You can see photos and details in this news release. According to the release, “is the only speech processor designed to be water resistant and the only system to offer SmartSound(TM) technology, a combination of three unique sound technologies designed to enable better hearing in …

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Deaf History Month

March 13 – April 15 is Deaf History Month. When I lived in DC, we had deaf week at the Department of Transportation. We set up speakers and a showcase. Gosh, I can’t remember the details and I was on the planning committee. Probably because I was pregnant with my first. Anyway, you can get …

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Sign Language Dialects

I’ve previously talked about how like people who have accents, sign language also has its accents. I saw it for the first time when watching Four Weddings and a Funeral, which took place in the UK. The Mirror briefly discusses these dialects.

Cochlear Implant FAQs

Just got the word from DeafNetwork that NAD has a Cochlear Implants FAQ on its site.

From DeafNetwork:, has launched a brand new Web site to provide tools for deaf users. Features on the site: Listings Browse through the listing directory and post job listings created by people in DeafCities network. Roomate and Friend Finder Why live with a complete stranger when members could live with the friend of a …

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