First of all, I wanted to say welcome to all the people who are newbies to bf4life-hearing. Also, I wanted to say thank you for all those wonderful comments that I have received!
Second of all, this week, I was researching for something to write about when I came accross something that I thought was bizarre! (Oh, btw, for all of you who are wondering what W.O.E stands for, it means 'What On Earth!')
Of course, we all know about disposable cameras and cell phones, they have been around forever! But did you know there is such a thing as disposable hearing aids (NOT that I am recommending them!!!)?
Basically a disposable hearing aid is a hearing aid that has a battery integrated into the design of the hearing aid (much like a dispoable camera already has the film in the camera).
Only two companies sell disposable hearing aids: Songbird Hearing and Lyric:
So, have you ever been on a plane ride where you are tired of looking at the clouds, trying to figure out whether it looks like Abe Lincoln or a bunny rabbit? Then you look at your watch and realize you still have three hours sitting cramped in your seat?
Well, unfortunately I do not really know what it is like to fly, so to me that would be luxurious (I can't fly because I lose my hearing - hence the reason, I have a hearing loss, so instead I take boats, cars and trains.) Yet, I completely understand this situation ...
On a plane, you can watch a movie. Correct? On a plane, you can, or I guess you HAVE to, watch the safety video. Correct? Have you ever noticed that the safety videos are all caption, yet most of the time, the regular entertainment, that saves you from your boredom, are not?
Today, February, 24, 2010, the AARP (... or the Association for Airline Passenger Rights) asked the US Department of Transportation to require all Commercial Air Carriers (... Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines) to provide captioning/subtitles on all movies and TV shows, so that we (passengers who are deaf and HOH) can hear EVERYTHING! Currently, the Department of Transportation (... or DOT) already require captioning on SAFETY related videos. (of course, isn't it dangerous for us to be bored? - bad joke - lol!!!)
So ... basically this is all leading up to ...
In order to make sure that all videos have subtitles/captions, there is currently an online petition in support of the requirement at http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/subtitles/
The goal is to get 10,000 signatures and 63, at this moment - wait no, 64 (with me), have signed so far.
Please Comment - Here are some ideas:
What do you think? Are you/ Did you vote? What accomodation do you make sure you have when you fly? Does flying hurt your ears? Do any of you lose permanent hearing, like me, from flying (I have never met another person!)?
I hope you are enjoying watching the Olympics, especially with the tips that I have given you on how to watch TV with a hearing loss! In the spirt of the Olympics and my last post, I decided this post would be dedicated to the Olympians of the past and the present who have a form of a hearing loss ... Enjoy!!
Frank Bartolillo is a Australian fencer who was born on December 22, 1981, profoundly deaf, in Sydney, Australia. He participated in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Of being deaf, Bartolillo said, "I am proud of being deaf ... Deaf people can do everything ..."
Chris Colwill is an American diver who was born on September 11, 1984. He participated in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing as a member of the United States Olympic team.
As everyone knows (and if you didn't know, I will not comment), the Winter Olympics are officially in session in Vancouver, Canada. The Olympics is a place where the best athletes of every country (in the winter sports) come together to compete in races and competitions. At the end of the day, in every sport, three athletes are better than the rest, and they win a medal in either gold, bronze, or silver.
Another neat thing about the Olympics is that the Olympics is followed closely after by the Paralympics, which is the Olympics for those who have a disability. The Paralympics; however, do not allow athletes who only have a hearing loss to compete, so athletes who have a hearing loss either compete in the Deaf Olympics or in the regular Olympics.
This post is dedicated to the one athlete that I could find who is deaf and competiting in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver: Gregor Schlierenzauer. (If any of you find another Olympic athlete who is deaf/ hard of hearing, please post a comment and I will write a post in his/ her honor.)
Gregor Schlierenzauer is an Austrian ski jumper who is deaf in his left ear. He was born on January 7, 1990 in Innesbruck, Tyrol, Austria. He was born deaf in his left ear; however, he did not let his hearing loss get in the way of his dreams. Since his debut in 2005, Schlierenzauer has won more than 30 World Cup victories, a bronze at the 2010 Winter Vancouver Olympics, and has broken many records in Ski Jumping.
Have you been watching the Olympics??? Who are you rooting for??? Do you know of any other athlete who is competing and is deaf/ HOH???
Please post your comments,
So, I'm back!!!
As promised, I will once again write my How-To: This time it is about the iPod!!!!!
I am, while writing this post, sitting in the hallway of my school ...
If I look around, I see at least FIVE iPods!!! Basically, my point is that if everyone is doing something - wouldn't you wanna do it to???
But, therein lies the problem: You want to be like everyone and listen to an iPod, yet you can't hear the iPod 'cause you are just like me and everyone else on this site ...
These Are My Tips:
1) Once again, I stress the importance of having a switch (... or a button) on your hearing aid that allows you to switch back and forth, from normal hearing to t-coil mode....
STOP READING HEAR (jk - HERE) IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS ABILITY
Go to your audiologist to discuss this!!!
2) Since I assume that you all have this ability, there are now several options and routes that you can take to hear on your iPod.
1st) Do NOT use the regular iPod earphones that come with the iPod. You can acctually damage your hearing if you put the volume all the way up because you can not hear!!!
After freaking out and rummaging through my bag earlier today to find my cell phone, while having a panic attack that my cell was lost, I thought back to how lucky I felt that I could now hear well enough to call someone and have my own cell. Most people take this feeling for granted. I could not hear on a cell phone until I was thirteen, when I recieved new hearing aids.
How many of you love watching a movie? Calling a friend? Listening to music? I am guessing most of you 'cause we are all teenagers (or pre-teens) here! Yet, I am guessing that a few of you are thinking, "No way! How can I do any of those things and love doing them if I can't even hear them?" (I totally know how you're feeling!) That is why I decided to do something special for this piece. This is "How to Make Your Teenage Life So Accessible That No One Will Guess You Have a Hearing Loss!" - Yes, I promise or will at least show you some tricks to looking normal or whatever average, cool, teenage-y (is that even a word????)!!!!
So, to begin with ... I chose to deal with these three categories - the phone, the tv, and the iPod. This posting is about the Phone:
The Phone ... dun, dun, dun, dahn!!!!!!