What is Relay South Dakota?
The goal of Relay South Dakota is to help people who are deaf, are hard of hearing, are deaf-blind or have a speech disability to be a part of the conversation in an easy-to-use, affordable manner.
Sign Language Around the World
Outside of the deaf and hard of hearing community, few people realize just how many types of sign language exist around the world. While the exact number of unique sign languages remains unknown, there are hundreds of distinct languages used by deaf and hard of hearing individuals the world over.
There are far more types of sign language than we could ever include in a single blog post, but read on to learn about some of the most common types of sign language in the world today.Read more
Does Age-Related Hearing Loss Lead to Depression?
Depression and age-related hearing loss are two incredibly complex and difficult situations that impact everyone differently. While no two people have the exact same experience with hearing loss, the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) found that older people with untreated hearing loss have higher rates of depression, anxiety, paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities when compared to those who wear hearing aids.
Handling the Holidays with Hearing Loss
The holidays are a great time to get together with loved ones, but—for people with hearing loss—the celebrations can lead to unnecessary confusion and frustration. Going into this holiday season, we’ve prepared some key considerations before you head to this year’s parties.
Consider these common holiday hearing loss issues:
The Differences Between Deaf Culture and Hearing Culture
Hearing people outside of the deaf community often aren’t aware of the existence of deaf culture. As with other cultures, deaf culture comes with its own set of values, convictions and socially acceptable behaviors. It can sometimes be difficult to understand what differentiates the two communities.
Check out the key differences between deaf and hearing culture:
Top 5 Online Resources for Age-Related Hearing Loss
One of the most common conditions affecting older people is age-related hearing loss. As you age, many different factors can negatively impact your hearing, such as exposure to loud noises, certain medications, and other conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Experiencing age-related hearing loss can be frightening and confusing, but it can be managed with access to the right resources.
Check out our top 5 online resources for age related hearing loss:
Sign Language History Heroes: Heather Whitestone
In 1995, a 21-year-old woman from Alabama won the Miss America pageant. Heather Whitestone may not be a household name for many, but—for those in the deaf and hard of hearing community—her story is an inspiration.
Heather Whitestone was the first hearing impaired woman to win the title of Miss America.
Family History: Hearing Loss and Genetics
Hearing loss is one of the most common sensory disorders, and it often results from aging or exposure to loud noises. However, sensorineural hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that is as tied to genetics and can be passed down through the family.
Here are some helpful things to know when facing sensorineural hearing loss:
Sign Language History Heroes: William Hoy
Left deaf and mute after contracting meningitis at age 3, William Ellsworth Hoy (1862-1961) could have spent his life dependent on others. Instead, he became a successful entrepreneur and major league baseball player.
Sign Language History Heroes: Charles-Michele De L’Epee
Can you imagine a world where deaf people not only have no rights – but were considered “senseless” and incapable of learning? That was 18th century Europe. French priest Charles-Michel de l’Epee (1712-1789) set a course for change.
Centuries after his death, he is still recognized as The Father of Sign Language and Deaf Education.