Deafness

You’ll find helpful information below for specific disorders categorized generally under Deafness.

Deafness / Hearing Loss

What I Wish People Understood About Hearing Loss and Invisible Disabilities - Lo que deseo que la gente entienda sobre la pérdida auditiva y las discapacidades invisibles

For many people, disabilities are something visible, or something a teacher would encounter in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). That is true for some disabilities, but not for all. I am hearing impaired. Being hearing impaired means having a nearly invisible disability, and having one that is often misunderstood.

Para muchas personas, las discapacidades son algo visible, o algo que un maestro encontraría en un Plan de Educación Individualizado (IEP). Eso es cierto para algunas discapacidades, pero no para todas. Tengo deficiencias auditivas. Ser discapacitado auditivo significa tener una discapacidad casi invisible, y tener uno que a menudo se malinterpreta.

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TED - The Science of hearing - La ciencia de la audición

The ability to recognize sounds and identify their location is possible thanks to the auditory system. That’s comprised of two main parts: the ear, and the brain. The ear’s task is to convert sound energy into neural signals; the brain’s task is to receive and process the information those signals contain. To understand how that works, Douglas L. Oliver follows a sound on its journey into the ear. [TED-Ed Animation by Cabong Studios]

La capacidad de reconocer sonidos e identificar su ubicación es posible gracias al sistema auditivo. Se compone de dos partes principales: el oído y el cerebro. La tarea del oído es convertir la energía del sonido en señales neuronales; el cerebro es recibir y procesar la información que contienen esas señales. Para entender cómo funciona eso, Douglas L. Oliver sigue un sonido en su viaje hacia el oído. [Animación TED-Ed por Cabong Studios]

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From Translating Hearing Aids to Sign-Language Gloves, Amazing Assistive Technology

Think that assistive technology for the deaf and hard of hearing community is all about your run-of-the-mill hearing aids here in 2018? Think again! From signing robot arms to mind-reading hearing aids, the next few years are going to be pretty darn amazing for accessibility technology if this list is anything to go by. Here are some of the most impressive tech projects we’ve come across in this area.

Signing is all well and great, but like any language, it’s not much good if one side of the conversation doesn’t speak it. That’s where a multi-year robotics project from researchers at Belgium’s University of Antwerp comes into play. They have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand capable of translating spoken and written words into sign language gestures. The device recognizes these words using a webcam and then communicates them to the user through “fingerspelling,” a mode of sign language which spells out words letter-by-letter with single hand gestures.

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