Kw-logo-smaller

Dealing With Deafness

The ear is made up of the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear.
The Human Ear

March is Deaf History Month, but it actually covers the period of March 13th to April 15th. It's a time to recognize three events - the creation of the first public school for the deaf on April 15, 1817, the founding of Gallaudet University (a college for the deaf) on April 8, 1864, and the Deaf President Now movement (when a deaf man became president of Gallaudet) on March 13, 1988. Now that you're caught up with the history, take a look at what it means to be deaf.

What Is It?

Your ear is made up of three parts - the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. They have to work together in order for you to hear properly, but if there's a problem with one or more parts of your ear, you may not be able to hear. That's what deafness is - partial or complete hearing loss.

What Causes It?

Deafness can be passed down in families or caused by long-term exposure to noise from living near airports and freeways or listening to really loud music through your headphones. You can also become deaf from ear infections or diseases like the measles, mumps or meningitis, that damage the ear.

Different Types

There are two main types of deafness. The most common type is conductive deafness, which is a form of partial hearing loss. It affects the outer and middle ears and is usually temporary. The other type is sensori-neural deafness, which is permanent. It's caused by a problem in the inner ear, usually in the cochlea (the part of your ear that's filled with liquid and lined with tiny hairs).

Ways of Communicating

Hearing-impaired people communicate by speechreading (reading a person's lips) and using Sign Language, which is a language of hand movements. Hearing aids, which are tiny electronic devices that fit in the ear, can be worn to help you hear better, but if those don't work, a cochlear implant can be surgically implanted. It works by turning sounds into electrical signals that directly stimulate the auditory nerves.

Did U Know?

  • About three in 1,000 babies are born with hearing impairment, making it one of the most common birth defects.
  • Like spoken language, different regions of the world use different forms of sign language.
  • The huddle formation used by football teams originated at Gallaudet University to prevent other schools from reading their sign language.
  • William Hoy, a deaf center-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, invented the hand signals for balls and strikes in baseball.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven lost his hearing in his twenties, but continued to compose what many believe is some of the greatest music ever written!
Related Stories:

readers voted!

Comments

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

Comment
commented: Tue Jul 30, 2013

brunostar

brunostar wrote:

:o
commented: Tue Jul 30, 2013

there are 2 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

Poll

Do You Know Sign Language?

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • I know a few signs.
  • I want to learn sign language.

related stories

Micro_nito_micro
Assistance Dogs are amazing; they help many different people in their daily lives! But it takes a...
As we observe Deaf History Month from March 13th to April 15th, Kidzworld offers up some great vo...
In honor of Deaf History Month, Kidzworld takes a look at how, and why, sign language was develop...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

Macbarbie09
Macbarbie09 posted in Friends:
Ok. So there's this one girl i hate at my school named Chloe. Nearly everyone of my friends hate her! She keeps on asking question and SHE IS SO ANNOYING! 
reply about 12 hours
brittany19jones
hi my name is Brittany do u want to be my friend
reply about 13 hours
Cute_Rosa456
Cute_Rosa456 posted in Friends:
okay so there is no perfect friend every body makes mistakes 
reply about 17 hours
iChocolate
iChocolate posted in Friends:
To have a real friend requires very little: A real friend is someone who knows all about you, all good and bad, but still loves you all the same.:)
reply about 17 hours
GaaraOfTheSand
GaaraOfTheSand posted in Style:
Idek
reply about 19 hours

play online games

Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

Goodgameempire-thumb

Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

Black-history-month-crossword-pre

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

Big-farm-thumb

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

Candy-cash-thumb

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...