Convertibles can make you deaf | TG Daily

Convertibles can make you deaf | TG Daily.

A study from the St Louis University School of Medicine’s department of otolaryngology and the Ear Institute of Texas is warning that convertible drivers should keep the top down at speeds of more than 55mph.

The team tested the 2009 Saturn Sky Red Line, the 2004 Nissan 350Z, the 2001 Porsche 911 C4, the 2005 Saab Aero Convertible and the 2005 Ford Mustang GT. All hit high noise levels when being driven at speed.

They found that drivers were regularly subjected to noise levels greater than 85dB, the top level reccomended for safety at work, and that there was a risk or long-term hearing loss from prolonged periods of driving with the wind in their hair.

“Driving convertible automobiles at speeds exceeding 88.5kmh, with the top open, may result in noise exposure levels exceeding recommended limits, especially when driving with the convertible top open for prolonged periods,” the authors conclude.

In what must have made for some fun research, the team tested various different vehicles. They found that the Saturn was the noisiest, hitting 98.7dB at 75mph – a noise level that the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety says should only be sustained for 20 minutes or less.

Nissan’s 350Z produced the loudest peak sound, reaching 104dB at 75mph – safe for only six minutes, says the Institute. The quietest vehicle, the team found, was the Mustang, which only hit 84.7dB at 75mph.

The effects could be worse, they say, if drivers are listening to music or having a conversation.


Tips to help hearing-impaired enjoy holidays

Holidays can be stressful for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Background noise and crowded rooms make communication that much tougher.

Iowa School for the Deaf has offered the following tips when interacting with hearing-impaired friends or family members during the holiday season, and for any time there is a large gathering of people:

– Hearing aids also amplify sounds such as passing cars, telephones and even sounds from household appliances. Eliminate as much background noise as possible.

– Avoid sitting in front of windows or mirrors. They reflect light, and make it harder to read lips or expressions.

– Get the person’s attention before starting the communication. Be aware that people with hearing loss work hard to understand conversations and tire easily.

– Alert the deaf or hard-of-hearing person when the conversation topic changes. Try to conduct one conversation at a time.

– Pre-teach a game that doesn’t require a lot of conversation to the deaf or hard-of-hearing child or adult. Bring the game so all can play.

– Use closed captioning on the television. It may be distracting to you, but the entertainment will be of little or no benefit to the deaf or hard-of-hearing person without the captions.

– Open gifts one at a time and announce the gift recipient as well as the gift giver.

– Text, even if you are sitting beside the deaf person with whom you are texting. Allow texting to be used at the holiday dinner for the benefit of the deaf or hard-of-hearing person. Have pen and paper available for a back-up or when texting is not an option.

– Stay close to the deaf or hard-of-hearing person with whom you are communicating. Break into smaller tables for more manageable conversation.

– When the person asks you to repeat an aside, repeat it. The comment may not be important to the conversation, but if you don’t repeat it, the deaf or hard-of-hearing person may think you don’t feel he or she is important enough to repeat the comment.

Iowa School for the Deaf is a referral-based pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational option for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. No tuition, board or fees are charged. Day and boarding programs are available.

Cochlear implant operation UK first

Cochlear implant operation UK first – Yahoo! News UK.

The UK’s first operation to fit a single cochlear implant to radically improve the hearing of a severely deaf woman has taken place.

The procedure to implant the electronic device and make it possible for the woman, from the Isle of Wight, to hear sound in both ears was undertaken at Southampton General Hospital.

One wire went into one inner ear and the other under her scalp from the single implant into her other ear.

Fine tuning is needed over the coming week to see if the four-hour operation was a complete success, but it should give the 44-year-old woman much improved bilateral hearing.

Usually adults only have an implant fitted in one ear which leads to problems in noisy situations or finding where the sound is coming from.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID) welcomed the news of the operation.

Audiology specialist for the charity, Crystal Rolfe, said: “There is evidence to show that hearing in both ears helps more than in one ear. As this device is a lower cost than having two implants, it may mean that more adults can receive bilateral implants.

“As this is the first operation of this kind in the UK we look forward to seeing the outcomes and more research into the benefits of these devices.”

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that can help both adults and children who have a severe to profound hearing loss.

It has two parts: an internal receiver/stimulator package and electrode array, and an external speech processor that looks like a hearing aid. The device uses small electrical currents to directly stimulate the hearing nerve, which then sends signals to the brain where they are interpreted as sound.

Rock the Silence signs music for deaf, hard of hearing |

Rock the Silence signs music for deaf, hard of hearing | | FLORIDA TODAY.

Article: After Cochlear Implant, Music Therapy May Aid Speech

(View Original Story Here)

FRIDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) — Music therapy can aid speech development in hearing-impaired toddlers after they receive cochlear implants, researchers have found.

Cochlear implants can provide 90 percent normal hearing to children born with impaired hearing who can’t be helped by hearing aids. However, children who receive cochlear implants have never heard sound and face a long rehabilitation process before they can begin to speak.

The study included toddlers (aged 2 to 3) who received eight music therapy sessions after receiving cochlear implants. Each session included music-related activities such as games with percussion instruments, vocal games and listening to simple songs. The children also took part in eight sessions during which they played with toys/games without musical sounds.

Survey: Internet Accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Please take our survey on Internet Accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Hearing Your Voice

Thank you for your interest in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. 

Gay M. Cordova of Caption It Write is an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Our blog and newsletter will bring you important news, updates, and interesting articles relevant to the deaf and hard of hearing. 

We always welcome any feedback you may have or ideas for topics and articles you would like to see.