Awareness

Harvesting time and the risk of hearing loss

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Between tractors, combine harvesters, grain dryers and chainsaws, farmers are exposed to a wide variety of loud noises in their working environment.

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A documentary on tinnitus: a worldwide first

Four tinnitus sufferers feature as actors and director in "Oírse" (The Sound Inside), a Spanish informative film project offering spectators the chance to immerse themselves in the reality of this health problem thanks to a "subjective sound" technique (similar to "subjective camera").

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New York: Noise from subway trains and damage to hearing

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We all accept that cities are noisy places, but some urban environments are of course far noisier than others. In New York City, the 109-year-old subway transit system is notorious for its screeching trains and resonating tunnels.

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Accessibility of in-flight entertainment to deaf passengers

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What better way to pass the time on a long-haul flight than to enjoy in-flight films or television programs? The US National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has recently highlighted the lack of accessibility in this area to a US Senate hearing.

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Developing sign language for deaf in Cambodia

Cambodia has seen significant and consistent economic growth over the last decade but remains one of South-east Asia’s lowest-income countries. USA Today reports how Charles Dittmeier, a Catholic priest from Louisville, Kentucky, is helping the country’s deaf population and contributing to development of the nation’s native Khmer sign language.

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Beauty queen achieving her dreams despite hearing loss

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The Malaysia Chronicle reports how Miss Chui Yee Shia overcame her disability and won the title of Miss Singapore Friendship International 2013 at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Singapore in late August.

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South Africa hosts England Deaf Cricket team

There is often a fine line between mainstream and disability sports. Cricket is no exception: players involved in deaf cricket teams must have hearing loss at 55 dB or less. South Africa is hosting its first international tour for deaf cricket between late August and early September 2013 by welcoming the England Cricket Association for the Deaf (ECAD) during a five-day, six-match event held in Pretoria, Gauteng Province.

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"Catch the silence"

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Discover our slide show. On International Noise Awareness Day in April, GAES Chile launched the contest "Catch the silence" ("Atrapa el silencio"). 10 pictures were selected amongst the 245 pictures sent out.

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Shortage of teachers holding back education for hearing impaired

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Mr. S.L. Hettiarachchi, Secretary of the Sri Lanka Council for the Blind, sister organization of the National Council for the Deaf, has warned that there are not enough teachers to teach children with visual or hearing impairment, leading to unsuccessful special education units in Sri Lankan State schools.

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Hearing impaired services at Yosemite National Park, California

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According to a news release from the National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, California (USA) has set up a number of new services intended to give hearing-impaired visitors access to everything that the park has to offer.

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