Johnny Depp Says Sign Language Mishap Isn’t His Fault

Johnny Depp says sign language mishap not his fault

Actor apparently sign the word “murder” instead of “love” in Paul McCartney’s ‘My Valentine’ video with Natalie Portman.

Johnny Depp had responded to critics of his sign language abilities in Paul Mccartney’s latest video.

The ‘Dark Shadows’ actor appears alongside ‘Black Swan’ actress Natalie Portman on the short called ‘My Valentine’.

However experts slammed the 48-year-old star for misinterpreting key words in the promotional film he did for The Beatles member.

Now Johnny has defended himself saying he was only doing it the way he had been taught, according to The Sun.

He said: “I had to learn sign language and I was only copying what the guy showed me, so track him down.”

Johnny’s cameo may have seriously offended some hard of hearing viewers as he allegedly got a peaceful word mixed up with a violent one.

He continued: “Apparently, instead of ‘love’ I might have said, ‘murder’.”

But Johnny is not too worried about the mishap as he understands the language is subjectively taken.

He added: “But it was a gas – sign language is apparently very interpretive. It’s all kind of different.”

The clip film, in which Natalie and Johnny appear via split screen and sign the lyrics in black-and-white, was first shown at a star-studded gala in Los Angeles.

Did Britney Spears Really Get Upset With Tone-Deaf Contestant And Storm Off X-Factor Set?

Here is new ‘The X Factor USA’ judge Britney Spears arriving for the first round of auditions in Austin, Texas, alongside fellow panelists Simon Cowell and LA Reid. The new panel of four swept into the Erwin Center for the first of two show tapings as crowds of fans cheered in excitement.

The sage advice of ex-judge, Nicole Scherzinger to Britney Spears for her new role as X Factor arbiter was to, “Speak from your heart. Just be you.” Our Brit-Brit seems to be doing just that quite admirably. Y’all know that the first round of auditions happened yesterday in Austin, right? The singer looked pretty prepared as she was photographed heading to the set in a hot coral mini that we orgininally though to be Herve Leger, but actually was a Brian Lichtenberg number. But a severe case of dramatitis seems to have struck on this debut effort already. Apparently, one contestant rocked up and decided to impress Britney by singing her song “Hold It Against Me.” But the story is that they were so bad and so desperately tone-deaf, that Ms. Spears actually got upset and walked off the set! How is that for a first day fracas?


There’s another side to the matter, though. There are certain sources who are saying that this whole thing is being blown out of proportion because Britney wasn’t upset at all and that she only “just took a short break.” Right, so it was just a case of her timing being impeccable? Britney herself got on twitter to address that issue and corroborated the sources, tweeting, “#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people. I am having the BEST time!!!” Either way, contestants performed to just L.A. Reid, Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato for a couple of songs ’till La Spears returned. This show’s going to be fun — we can feel it!

What is age related hearing loss?

Hearing loss can affect people from all walks of life, but seniors are at a higher risk as most hearing loss is age-related.

Our ability to hear, see and smell is based on a mechanism that allows the capture of triggers that are than translated by the brain. When the journey of these triggers is interrupted at any point sensory impairment can occur.

In the case of hearing, these triggers take the from of waves of sound and vibrations at different frequencies that travel through the air before making their way to the brain by means of the auditory nerve. Their journey takes them through three parts of the ear; the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The inner ear consists of a shell like spiral organ called the Cochlea. The Cochlea contains over 15,000 tiny haircells that are tasked with capturing sounds and converting these into nerve pulses that make their way to the brain.

As the body matures these tiny haircells dwindle or deteriorate in quality and hearing loss can occur. It is a natural process that can happen from an early age, though more common in the over 65’s. As the body is unable to regrow the tiny haircells the condition will not improve on its own.

Symptoms Of Age-Related Hearing Loss

The level of hearing loss may vary from one person to the next based on medical conditions, exposure to loud noise over the years (noise-induced hearing loss), family history and the amount and severity of degrading haircells within the Cochlea.

Symptoms can include difficulty in hearing people around you within noisy environments. Background noise may seem far too loud compared to the actual speech.

You may also notice:

●    Sounds seem less clear
●    Not being able to hear the telephone of door bell ring when others can
●    Other people may sound mumbled or slurred
●    Inability to hear high-pitched sounds such as “s” and “th”
●    Often having to ask people to repeat themselves
●    Having the television or radio turned up much higher than other family members
●    Feeling tired after participating in a conversation held within background noise

If left unmanaged, age-related hearing loss can lead to:

  • Social exclusion and reduced interaction with others
  • Feelings of anxiety and worry
  • Depression and adjustment disorder
  • Feelings of shame, humiliation, and inadequacy
  • Loss of confidence
  • Reduced quality of life

Hearing loss should not be left unmanaged and there is no reason to just ‘live with it’. Solutions are based around means to manage the condition so are seen as management solutions rather than as a ‘cure’.

Managing Age-Related Hearing Loss

As with any medical condition, your first point of call is to seek medical diagnosis from a health provider. In this case it will take the shape of a hearing test. The test will normally take the shape of pure tone based test and may include a speech-in-noise check that uses different types of background noise. A hearing test is available to book from your local hearing center and from your family doctor (in its basic form). Once the precise cause and level of hearing loss is determined you will be offered a number of options that work on the principal of managing the condition using modern digital means.

If you have any questions about hearing loss or anything to do with hearing contact Hidden Hearing.

Hidden Hearing Dublin Celebrates 25th Year!

Hidden Hearing, Ireland’s largest hearing healthcare provider,  this week celebrated its 25th birthday in Dublin.  Since it opened the branch at 49 Middle Abbey St., Dublin it has been offering customers the best professional hearing care, help and advice.  Pictured are Veronica Kelly, Noel Cullen, Branch Manager, Jennifer Berrill and Stephen Leddy, Managing Director of Hidden Hearing.

Newborn screening cuts referral times by over two years

THE TIME taken for detection of hearing loss in babies and follow-up intervention has been cut from 30 months to less than three months since the introduction of a newborn hearing screening programme at Cork University Maternity Hospital a year ago.

More than 8,000 babies have been scanned at the Cork hospital since the programme started in April 2011; of those, 100 were referred for diagnostic assessment.

All babies confirmed with hearing loss were helped or referred for surgical intervention within three months of birth.

Cork University Maternity Hospital was the first hospital in Ireland to implement the national newborn hearing screening programme, which is also now available in St Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny, South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, Waterford Regional Hospital and Wexford General Hospital.

The programme is due to be extended to other maternity hospitals in the Republic.

In Ireland, one to two babies in every 1,000 are born with a hearing loss – the majority to families with no history of impaired hearing.

The sooner the problem is identified, the better the outcome will be for those babies’ development of language and communication skills.

In the absence of newborn screening, babies in Ireland do not have their hearing routinely tested until they are nine months old.

The inaccuracy of the so-called “distraction test” used at this stage means higher numbers of children without a problem are referred for further testing, while some with hearing loss are missed out.

The screening service at Cork University Maternity Hospital uses a combination of medical equipment and information technology (IT) that was put in place by Northgate, which works with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK where there is universal newborn screening for hearing loss.

If you have any questions about this or any hearing issue contact Hidden Hearing at 1800 370000 or online Hidden Hearing.


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Hidden Hearing Promotes Tinnitus Awareness Week

Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source.

Hidden Hearing  is helping to promote Tinnitus Awareness Week – a single week that is set aside to focus specifically on increasing public awareness about tinnitus and most importantly the need for increased funding for tinnitus research. There currently is no known cure for tinnitus. Although it is important to note that a study published in a Hearing Review found that many tinnitus sufferers report that their hearing aids significantly help them with their tinnitus.

Dolores Madden Marketing Manager with Hidden Hearing said “Many people – almost twice as many as previously believed – suffer from persistent, chronic tinnitus. That’s about ten percent of the population. And for people ages 65 to 84, that number jumps to almost 27 percent”. Madden believes that helping “create the awareness”  is the first step.

A recent study found that over 40 percent of survey respondents with tinnitus were helped at least mildly with hearing aids. And 3 out of 10 were helped moderately-to-substantially. For those whose where hearing health professionals used best practices in fitting hearing aids, that figure jumped to 50 percent.

Madden believes It is important for the hearing health community to help promote Tinnitus Awareness, especially because relatively few people seek help for their tinnitus – despite the fact that there are effective therapies available, including the use of hearing aids, to help tinnitus sufferers. If you have any questions about tinnitus or any aspect of hearing health contact Hidden Hearing.

92 year old Cork woman gets FREE test!

Hidden Hearing Offers Free Hearing Test and 20% Hearing Aid Discount to 92 year old Cork woman.

Hidden Hearing, Ireland’s leading provider of hearing healthcare today offered a free hearing test to a 92 year old Cork woman who has been told she will have to wait four years for a HSE assessment.  Hidden Hearing has also committed to offering the woman a 20% discount if she is found to require a hearing aid.  “There is no need for this woman or indeed anyone to be waiting so long for what is a relatively straightforward hearing assessment.  Hidden Hearing has been offering this free service for 25 years and we would be delighted to assist this woman or anyone who feels they need a test.  Our audiologists are fully qualified to the highest international standards and can provide a full report very quickly – at absolutely no obligation.  To have to wait so long for a hearing test is disgraceful”, said Stephen Leddy, Managing Director, Hidden Hearing.

Hidden Hearing provides over 30,000 free full hearing evaluations through its network of 65 branches and clinics nationwide, as well as a further 10,000 free hearing screenings through its mobile clinic which travels to 400 locations around the country annually.

Anyone wishing to avail of a free hearing test through Hidden Hearing should call 1800 370 000 or visit to see where the mobile clinic will be in attendance.