Christmas, New Year and Hearing Loss

This kind of environment can be intensely frustrating

The Christmas season is at hand and this time of the year is hard enough without  hearing loss. When you’re unable to hear as clearly as everyone else in the family, this time can often bring great frustration, misunderstandings and tension. At Hidden Hearing we urge you to take action now before Christmas arrives. Dolores Madden from Hidden Hearing “This is a great time to come in and have your hearing checked by our professionals. Don’t wait until you’ve had a bad experience during the Christmas, we can help you avoid that pitfall and have a much better Christmas and New Year  with your family and loved ones.”

“Many people will find themselves in what we call complex background noise environments ,” Madden says. “Families are coming together. The Christmas movie is blaring over the big screen television. Grandchildren are everywhere, music is playing and the kitchen is full of people. With multiple conversations going on at once,

for anyone with hearing loss for several reasons,” Madden says. “It isn’t immediately obvious to others when someone is suffering from hearing loss – it’s not like being shortsighted or otherwise impaired. Sometimes people fail to recognize or relate to hearing loss. As a result, individuals with hearing loss are often misinterpreted. They might not hear greetings. They may miss important information in a conversation. They may come across as rude and even ignorant. These are situations they could easily avoid if they addressed their hearing loss.”

If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids contact Hidden Hearing. Working with one of our friendly and professional Hearing Aid Dispensers at Hidden Hearing will ensure that you choose the hearing aid that is best for you and your specific hearing loss. To book a free, no-obligation hearing test, call us today on Free Phone 1800 370 000.

300 year system for teaching the deaf discovered

Dr. John Wallis served as chief cryptographer for Parliament

The small, leather-bound manual written by Dr. John Wallis reveals that he understood that deaf people could communicate and that speaking was separate from communicating. This 300-year-old manual contains some of the earliest examples of attempts to teach the deaf to communicate. The manual belonged to Alexander Popham, a deaf teenager from a noble English family who was taught to speak in the 1660s. The leather-bound notebook was discovered in 2008 at a stately English manor called Littlecote House.

The finding suggests that one of the boy’s tutors, John Wallis, was a few hundred years ahead of his time in understanding that deaf people needed their own language to communicate, said linguist David Cram of the University of Oxford. Wallis also likely made use of a rudimentary method of sign language, Cram said.

“Wallis made the point that in order to teach a deaf person our language, the language of the hearing, we had to learn their language,” Cram told LiveScience. “He certainly would have made use of sign language and also of a writing system.”

In order to preserve young Popham’s social status, his mother Lady Wharton  who had re-married after her husband and Alexanders father Francis passed away,  asked two Renaissance Men of the period, Dr.Wallis and William Holder, to teach him to speak.

Amazingly, Popham learned to communicate and speak with what at the time is described as  ‘plainly and distinctly, and with a good and graceful tone’  became a minor celebrity of the era and was even presented at court, Cram said. He eventually married the daughter of one of the leading intellectual women of the 17th century.

In later years, Wallis and Holder disputed who should get credit for teaching Popham to speak. While Holder was the first to tutor Popham and may have first coaxed the boy to say words, there’s no doubt that Wallis was the one who taught Popham to use those words to communicate, Cram said.

“It’s not clear that Holder was doing anything more than trying to get someone to produce words parrot-fashion,” Cram said. After Holder left his job as Popham’s tutor, Wallis took his place. The small, leather-bound manual written by Wallis reveals that he understood that deaf people could communicate and that speaking was separate from communicating — in other words, being able to produce sounds doesn’t mean you can make yourself understood. Nor is speech the only way to communicate. The book contains detailed explanations of vocal articulation, but also figures and signs and exercises in phonetics, syntax and sentence construction.

“Wallis made the point that a really profoundly deaf person will need to be taught to communicate before they articulate,” he said.

If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids contact Hidden Hearing. Working with one of our friendly and professional Hearing Aid Dispensers at Hidden Hearing will ensure that you choose the hearing aid that is best for you and your specific hearing loss. To book a free, no-obligation hearing test, call us today on Free Phone 1800 370 000.