Did you know that while 95% of individuals with hearing loss could successfully wear hearing aids, only about 25% of the 34 million Americans with hearing loss (8.4 million people) used them in 2008!!! (According to the most recent 'MarkeTrak' report, the largest national consumer survey on hearing loss.) I was shocked to say the least when I learned this! This statistic is explained;however, when one learns that 33% of individuals who have a hearing loss make (in salary) less than $30,000 per year. (According to the Better Hearing Institute!) Hearing aids are expensive -- costs can go into the thousands -- so many people would rather put food on the table and a roof above their head than hear! I totally understand that, yet I believe it is a basic human right to be able to hear and see! (And that no person should be denied these rights if they can obtain them -- forget about medical reasons!)
In response to statistics like these, the US Gov't is bringing light to these issues in the House of Representative and the Senate! The House of Representative (HR) and the Senate are the two branches of the legislative branch of the US Gov't! The US Federal Gov't is composed of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches! Currently, in the House, there are three bills awaiting votes: HR 1646 (Hearing Aid Tax Credit), HR 3024 (Medicare Hearing Healthcare Enhancement Act of 2009), and HR 3101 (21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009)! Below, I discuss the three proposed bills!
Arielle Schacter and Abigail Breslin
Whenever non-deaf/hoh people try to think of a famous person who was deaf/hoh, the first person who comes to mind is Helen Keller. Helen Keller, the southern, 19th century deaf-blind woman who famously fought her physical and social obstacles to learn to speak and communicate, is often the only person that people can remember. Usually, or at least I have found, when you ask someone to think of someone else who faced life-long struggles with their hearing loss, people will be unable to remember another.
Enough history, a few months ago, I wrote about the controversy surrounding the Broadway play, the Miracle Worker, about Helen Keller's life. (Click HERE
to see the post!) Well, today I was transported back to the 19th Century to Alabama -- I saw the play!
The play, which stars Abigail Breslin, Alison Pill, Matthew Modine and Jennifer Morrison, was truly enjoyable! You will probably know the stars from "Little Miss Sunshine," "Milk," "Transporter 2," and "House." (Each work belongs to the respective actor.) The play was heart-wrenching and made me wonder about how I treat my family when I cannot hear!
Two days ago, March 22, 2010, politics merged with health care as America watched President Barack Obama sign the Health Care Reform bill into effect. After months of debates, the bill is finally finished; basically, the Health Care Reform bill provides the foundation for Universal Health Care in the United States. Okay, so now you are probably confused; you are probably thinking, "What on earth is universal health care!?!?!?"
Universal healthcare is health care coverage, paid by the government, for all qualifying residents of a country/region that often covers the following: medical, dental and mental health care. It is not a new invention; the United Kingdom has provided universal healthcare since 1948, following WW2.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
So ... today is my LAST day of EXAMS! Thank God! OMG, so we had to study for French, English, Math and Science. It was exhausting that I am gonna go to sleep soon ... :)
Anyways, specifically I wanted to talk about Foreign Languages:
I have been taking French, since 5th grade, yet it was a struggle to be allowed to take French! In 4th grade, when my fellow students were choosing between parler fraçais or habla español, my school and I was told that I could NEVER speak French because of my hearing loss by my IT! Well my response was, 'What do deaf/hoh kids in France do? How do they speak French?"
Of course, I am learning how to speak French!
I am not saying that it is 100% easy to study a language if you are deaf/hoh; however, I think a lot of stuff is hard with a hearing loss. Going back to my French exam, on the exam is a listening section. Sure it sucks, especially with having a hearing loss; however, my teacher is great because she reads the listening section, rather than having me listen to some machine with grainy sound.
Well, I guess what I am trying to say is: What do you guys do for foreign languages? How do you do the listening section of your Exams? Do you do anything different than the rest of your class?
I am BACK of course with the latest in my HowTos!!!! Sorry, it is kinda late! Actually, this is my last How-To, unless I think that in the future, something necessary for a How-To. So, lets change that sentence, this is my last HowTo for sometime. I will bring it back later on ...
As promised, I have written about the iPod and the cell phone, but I have not written about the TV!!! How many of you watch TV - yeah I know that is a stupid question? How many of turn the TV's volume up too loud, to the point where family and friends are screaming at you to lower the volume (or you want to raise the volume to that level???)??? Besides, did you know that one common way to tell whether you have a hearing loss is the level that you raise your TV's volume? Of course, none of us are contesting whether you have a hearing loss because we all do!!! :)
Oh-kay, lets get down to business ...