Awareness

Rocking with Chilean sign language

FESTIVAL

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The end of March will bring the Lollapalooza international alternative rock festival 2014 to Chile, a chance to feast on a bill which includes, among others, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine-inch Nails, Soundgarden, Pixies, New Order, and Arcade Fire.

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Video helpline for deaf women

Assistance

R.R.

Since December 2013, the deaf female population of Chile has been able to count on a new helpline set up by the National Women’s Service (SERNAM).

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Funding for auditory processing disorder (APD) in New Zealand

AWARENESS

© Erik Araujo - Sxc

Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a complex hearing disorder reported to affect nearly 5% of school-aged children. Affected individuals cannot process the information they hear in the same way as normal subjects because of impaired coordination between the ear and the brain. People with APD have normal hearing but sounds are not adequately processed by the central nervous system, leading to difficulty understanding speech.

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Deafness turned into an advantage for NFL star

AWARENESS

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Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks fullback, has had profound hearing loss since the age of three. But the NFL star has never let that get in his way. USA Today Sports has reported on Coleman‘s inspirational role, highlighted in a new commercial for Duracell entitled “Trust your power”.

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Hearing dogs for people with profound hearing loss

CHARITY

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Guide dogs for the blind are very well known but companion dogs for the hard-of-hearing are far less so. InsideHalton reports on how hearing dogs can help those with hearing loss.

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A study on entertainment media messages about hearing loss

RESEARCH

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Katherine A. Foss, a researcher from the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University (USA) recently published an article on the portrayal of hearing loss in entertainment television.

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Struggle to improve recognition of sign language in Hong Kong

AWARENESS

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The South China Morning Post, based in Hong Kong, reports on how sign language is often discouraged in the city, despite its effectiveness.

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John Lewis’ Christmas ad reaches 10 million more viewers

AWARENESS

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A week after its initial launch, department store John Lewis added a new dimension to their Christmas TV advert, after a frosty reception from the UK’s deaf community and largest deaf charity Action on Hearing Loss.

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