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  • Scientists Have Begun Testing Whether MDMA Can Cure Tinnitus

    03/22/2017 2:13:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies ^ | March 15, 2017 | Alexander Iadarola
    Photo of MDMA courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Researchers in New Zealand have started trials to see whether MDMA can treat tinnitus, a condition that causes people to hear irritating sound no one else can hear. The undertaking has taken place over the last two years, and involved a small number of participants who were given a very low dose of MDMA or a placebo and monitored over a four-hour period, reports Stuff. Many of the participants who took the MDMA reported a partial alleviation of tinnitus after three hours, but there was also a large placebo effect among the participants....
  • Signers - A sign that we are really screwed up

    10/06/2016 3:22:04 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 42 replies
    Oct 6, 2016 | ML/NJ
    So I'm watching the Weather Channel. (I'm allowed. My 93 year old Mom lives on the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach.) And there's some government guy, in the Carolinas I think, talking about doom and destruction in a little window on the screen. In another window, three times the size, there's some fat oaf flailing away, almost assuredly at taxpayer expense, with his hands and arms. I assume he was "signing" the words of the government guy. So I looked. Our deaf or nearly deaf population is about a million. (And they must be illiterate or blind too, because it...
  • Deaf man shot dead by police 'while using sign language'

    08/23/2016 12:47:33 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 80 replies
    ITV ^ | August 23, 2016 | Staff
    Police allegedly shot dead a deaf man outside his front door as he tried to communicate with them in sign language. Officers in North Carolina had attempted to pull over 29-year-old Daniel Harris last Thursday for speeding, according to NBC. But instead of slowing down, Mr Harris continued on his way home. One witness reported Mr Harris was then shot and killed "almost immediately" after exiting his vehicle". The witness said it appeared the victim had attempted to communicate with an officer via sign language when he was fired on outside of his home.
  • State trooper shoots dead an unarmed deaf mute father

    08/22/2016 6:34:21 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 98 replies
    Daily ^ | Aug 22,2016 | Khalida Rahman
    A North Carolina state trooper shot dead a deaf and mute man who was apparently trying to communicate using sign language after he was pulled over for a speeding violation. Daniel Kevin Harris, 29, a father to a four-year-old boy, was killed just feet from his home in Charlotte by trooper Jermaine Saunders on Thursday evening. Police say Saunders tried to pull Harris over for a speeding violation on Interstate 485 at around 6.15pm, but the driver led authorities on a brief pursuit before stopping. Officials said that's when the driver got out of his car and an encounter took...
  • Cop Shoots and Kills Unarmed Deaf, Mute Man as He Tries to Communicate Using Sign Language

    08/22/2016 10:56:55 AM PDT · by No One Special · 137 replies
    The Free Thought Projec ^ | August 21, 2016 | Matt Agorist
    Charlotte, NC — A community and family is mourning the loss of Daniel Kevin Harris, whose life was taken this week by a State Trooper who apparently fears sign language. Harris, who is deaf and mute, was gunned down in front of his house. According to police, trooper Jermaine Saunders attempted to pull Harris over around 6:14 p.m. on Thursday. For an unknown reason, Harris did not stop and, instead, drove to his home. During the pursuit, both cars became damaged and eventually came to a stop near Harris’ home. “I was here in my driveway and I saw the...
  • Deaf man receives touching note from Starbucks barista

    02/23/2016 6:15:59 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 22 February 2016 | WTOP News (Washington DC)
    (NEW YORK) - A Virginia man's Facebook post is creating some Internet buzz after he shared a note from a Starbucks employee who offered a kind gesture. Ibby Piracha, who is deaf, told ABC News through an interpreter that he was surprised Friday morning to be greeted by the familiar barista with sign language. "I usually use my phone and I'll text them what I want to order," Piracha of Leesburg, Virginia, said. "She was saying she looked on YouTube because she had a lot of customers that came in using text. I was very surprised she was willing...
  • Trump Steals Jeb's Strategy, Tries to Win the Republican Primary Without the Base

    02/16/2016 5:21:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 136 replies
    Rush ^ | February 16, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Did I not tell you? Did I tell you, right here it is in the Wall Street Journal: "Donald Trump Makes Pitch to Democrats in South Carolina." That had to be the explanation for Trump's strategy on Saturday night. It had to be. South Carolina is an open primary. Polling data's all over the place, by the way. The internal Bush poll for which there are two sources -- so somebody in the Bush camp is leaking polling data, 'cause this is internal stuff -- and the internal polling of candidates we hardly ever see, and, in...
  • Quiet that ringing in the brain: New drug promises relief from epilepsy and tinnitus...

    07/17/2015 12:47:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies ^ | 23-Jun-2015 | University of Connecticut
    FULL TITLE: Quiet that ringing in the brain: New drug promises relief from epilepsy and tinnitus with fewer side effects =================================================================================================== A new drug may treat epilepsy and prevent tinnitus by selectively affecting potassium channels in the brain, UConn neurophysiologist Anastasios Tzingounis and colleagues report in the 10 June Journal of Neuroscience. Epilepsy and tinnitus are both caused by overly excitable nerve cells. Healthy nerves have a built-in system that slams on the brakes when they get too excited. But in some people this braking system doesn't work, and the nerves run amok, signaling so much that the brain gets...
  • Graedons' Pharmacy | Could biotin tame tinnitus?

    07/17/2015 12:20:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | July 14, 2015 | By JOE and TERESA GRAEDON
    Q: I wanted to share my experience with tinnitus. It's not incapacitating, but it is annoying. I found something that helps by serendipity. My wife has hair loss. She takes levothyroxine (Synthroid) and liothyronine (Cytomel) because her thyroid was removed via radiation. She also takes biotin to lessen her hair loss. I'm bald on top, but I thought I'd see if biotin would help grow new hair. It didn't. What DID happen with the very first dose was total elimination of my tinnitus! A few hours after I take the biotin, the tinnitus returns, but at a much lower intensity....
  • Study shows relief for tinnitus, debilitating ringing in ears

    07/17/2015 12:11:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 07/16/2015 | By Lynne Terry
    Robert Folmer of the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center gave people with chronic tinnitus transcranial magnetic stimulation as part of a study. Participants found their symptoms decreased by about a third. (Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center ) ================================================================================================= Imagine dealing with stresses of every day, juggling the demands of family life and deadlines at work, with a constant ringing in your ears? That's just what millions of Americans who suffer from tinnitus face. Hope could be on the way. New research by the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University found that a noninvasive technique involving...
  • Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice

    07/09/2015 12:49:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | July 08, 2015 | Provided by Children's Hospital Boston
    Sensory hair cells in the cochlea of a Beethoven mouse treated with TMC2 gene therapy. In this confocal microscopy image, microvilli are shown in red and cell bodies in green. The human ear has about 16,000 sensory hair cells. Credit: Charles Askew :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Using gene therapy, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have restored hearing in mice with a genetic form of deafness. Their work, published online July 8 by the journal Science Translational Medicine, could pave the way for gene therapy in people with hearing loss caused by genetic mutations. "Our gene therapy protocol is not...
  • New White House receptionist is a West Wing pioneer: 'Deaf people can do anything'

    03/27/2015 9:35:39 AM PDT · by bigtoona · 66 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/27/15 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Anyone wanting to speak to the president must stop by her desk first. Leah Katz-Hernandez, 27, is the new White House receptionist. She is also deaf. “It’s a fantastic opportunity and also to show that deaf people can do anything,” she said through an interpreter, who is provided for her at work. With a desk just steps away from the Oval Office, Katz-Hernandez is usually the first to greet anyone — from world leaders to White House staff members — who has an appointment with the president or his top-level aides. She also oversees the White House guest book and...
  • Research group creates first LED 3D printer (Also "Bionic Ear" from bovine cells)

    12/31/2014 1:55:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    After more than two years and an estimated $20,000, a research group in the mechanical engineering department has created the first 3D printer capable of printing LED lights. The venture was led by researcher Yong Lin Kong and Ian Tamargo '14, and was sponsored by the Air Force of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. The research group McAlpine, led by mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Michael McAlpine, made a breakthrough more than a year ago after it successfully printed 3D bionic ears, devices that can hear sound frequencies beyond the capacity of a human ear, out...
  • New Bill Would Open Air Force to Deaf

    08/13/2014 4:32:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 46 replies ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Bryant Jordan
    Deaf and severely hearing impaired individuals could soon serve in the Air Force if legislation introduced in July by a California lawmaker is passed. An Air Force captain convinced U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, to introduce a bill that would allow deaf and hearing impaired people to serve in the Air Force as part of a pilot or demonstration program. Current Defense Department hearing requirements bar the deaf from serving, as well as individuals who currently require or previously used a hearing aid, or have a cochlear ear implant.
  • The Embarrassing California Obamacare Glitch Involving Deaf Callers and a Naughty Hotline

    04/01/2014 12:06:08 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies ^ | april 1, 2014 | becket adams
    Deaf Californians looking to sign up for health insurance coverage through the state’s Obamacare exchange were directed Monday to a hotline offering to connect them with “hot ladies.” As some Californians learned on the final day of open enrollment, one of the phone numbers provided by Covered California, the state’s online exchange, was 1-888-899-4500, one digit off from the real number, 1-888-889-4500. So instead of being connected to an Obamacare representative, some hearing-impaired Californians were instead sent to an “adult entertainment” phone service. “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one...
  • Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

    03/12/2014 3:14:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 12, 2014
    Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter participants are highly anticipating. “I am pleased that the Pope is making the whole world aware of our world by having an audience with us for the first time” Jakob Badde told CNA on March 10, “we have a great deficiency and most people do not know why and what it means to us.” Badde hails from Germany – the son...
  • Cops Beat a Deaf Man for Seven Minutes Because He didn’t Respond to Their Yelling

    01/16/2014 8:07:19 AM PST · by Altariel · 56 replies
    Pearl Pearson is a 64 year-old diabetic deaf driver who resides in the Oklahoma City area. On the evening of January 3rd, Pearl crossed paths with the wrong cops. The following is the story according to Pearl Pearson and family of what happened that night: What’s the story? At this time, only limited details can be provided since this case is under investigation. 1. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol pulled Pearl over late in the evening on January 3, 2014. Pearl pulled over as he should. 2. Pearl’s driver’s license indicates he is Deaf. He also has a placard in his...
  • Derrick Coleman's inspiring story gains traction via Duracell video [deaf Seahawks FB]

    01/16/2014 7:26:54 AM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies
    nfl dot com ^ | 1-14-2014 | Bill Bradley
    watch video here NOTE: it is OK to be a Niner fan and still be inspired by this guy Coleman is essentially deaf. He's been that way since being diagnosed with a genetic and incurable hearing impairment as a toddler. The disability could have stopped Coleman. Instead, he adapted, starring as a running back in high school and at UCLA before catching on as fullback with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. The team was confident enough in Coleman's abilities to cut starting fullback Michael Robinson during training camp. Robinson was later brought back, but Coleman has...
  • Computer system could help deaf Catholics make confessions

    12/23/2013 5:34:11 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    cna ^ | December 20, 2013
    Confession. Credit: Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 20, 2013 / 02:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Phoenix, Ariz., priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions. Father Romuald P. Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people who have limited access to priests who know sign language. The website for the system, called St. Damien’s Confession Box, says it is primarily aimed at the deaf and those with speech impediments who may not be able to communicate...
  • Sign Language Interpreter at Mandela's Funeral Made It All Up

    12/11/2013 6:31:44 PM PST · by ransomnote · 62 replies ^ | December 11, 2013 | Ex-skf Blogger cites AP via MY Way News
    ou can't make things like this up, but this unnamed man apparently did. From AP via My Way News (12/11/2013): Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake' JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa's government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages....
  • Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake'

    12/11/2013 9:15:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies ^ | 12/11/13 | Alan Clendenning and Ray Faure - ap
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who appeared to provide sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Wednesday. The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders including United States President Barack Obama "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for," Bruno Druchen, the federation's national director, told The Associated Press. The allegation was yet another example of bad organization at the historic memorial...
  • Muslim deaf & dumb juveniles are kept chained in rural Bengal: Report. ("Religion of Peace")

    12/04/2013 7:35:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies
    Islam Around Us ^ | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | Rana Ray from Krishnanagar
    Muslim deaf & dumb juveniles are kept chained in rural Bengal • Chained in ropes and shackles for years. Inhumane treatment to deaf and dumb juveniles in Muslim families of rural Bengal. It is obviously inhumane and utter injustice to put some juveniles in ropes or shackles as they are challenged persons, very unfortunately. But, in a Muslim village of Sahebdanga near Shantipur (in Nadia, West Bengal, India) it is an Islamic fashion to put the Deaf and Dumb or mentally incapacitated juveniles in chain as they are simply uncontrollable or misunderstood sometime. Take the story of cute Arfin of...
  • First They Came for the Deaf Seniors...

    10/23/2013 3:17:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    As gay marriage continues marching it's way through the country via our judicial oligarchical overlords, we're constantly told that there's no way the government will ever go after the Church for not performing gay marriage. But that ignores the ideological blinders of bureaucrats. You think they won't come after the Church's tax exemption for their refusal to acknowledge and perform gay marriage? To witness the idiotic lengths these Orwellian knuckleheads will go to, check out this story from Moonbattery :Arizona is defying a federal order to eliminate apartments for deaf seniors at a housing complex built specifically — for the...
  • Coming to a Theater Near You: Regulations, Mandates & Higher Ticket Prices

    10/03/2013 7:57:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    PolitiChicks ^ | October 2, 2013 | Katie Abercrombie
    We have a great little movie theater in our neighborhood. It has just three screens, but it always shows the newest releases. The best parts of the movie experience at our little theater are the food and the seating. We get to sit at tables in nice, padded chairs on a gently sloping floor. We can order real food to eat, including salads, burgers and chicken wings, regular and alcoholic beverages, and the most awesome chocolate, chocolate-chip cake (with ice cream, of course!) We used to not go to the movies very often, but our little neighborhood theater has drawn...
  • Deaf NY Starbucks patrons sue, say they're mocked

    07/17/2013 2:53:05 AM PDT · by rawhide · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-15-13
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Starbucks workers in the city were so rude to deaf customers they mocked them and called the police to try to get them kicked out, a lawsuit says.</p> <p>The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an order from the court to stop discriminatory behavior for what's described as multiple occasions of abuse over the past year.</p>
  • Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping

    03/21/2013 5:05:14 PM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 21, 2013 | Joe Palazzolo
    Commerce has moved online. Now, the disability lawsuits are following. Advocates for disabled Americans have declared that companies have a legal obligation to make their websites as accessible as their stores, and they've filed suits across the country to force them to install the digital version of wheelchair ramps and self-opening doors.
  • Zero Tolerance for Deaf Child’s Name

    02/04/2013 1:13:25 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    The Education Reporter ^ | December 2012 | The Education Reporter
    Parents of a deaf child named Hunter were told by his Nebraska public preschool that they must change his name because he was in violation of the school district’s weapons policy. To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun. Grand Island Public Schools’ policy section 8470 — Weapons in Schools states: “Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks...
  • Deaf Twins Going Blind Euthanized

    01/14/2013 1:27:01 PM PST · by dragonblustar · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | Russell Goldman
    Two deaf twin brothers in Belgium were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again, their physician says. The 45-year-old men, whose names have not been made public, were legally put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette, on Dec. 14. The men, who were born deaf, had a cup of coffee and said goodbye to other family members before walking into hospital room together to die, their doctor told Belgian television station RTL.
  • “Hunter,” a Deaf 3-Year-Old, Told Signing His Name Violates School’s Gun Policy

    08/31/2012 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Free Range Kids ^ | August 28, 2012 | Lenore Skenazy
    Hi Folks!  This is perhaps the most absurd story ever reported here — and that’s saying a lot! A reader named Rachel writes:A Deaf child named Hunter is not allowed to use his name sign because the sign for “Hunter” (a dictionary word) uses the thumb and first two fingers in a gun shape and suggests a shooting motion. Here’s the story.These school officials have lost their ability to reason if they believe stripping a child of his name is necessary for safety under a weapons policy. Educators who are unable to use logic and critical thinking have no business...
  • Anti-Gun Wacko of The Week: Grand Island NE School Board

    08/29/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 9 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Pierce
    --IMAGE HERE-- When I wrote last week’s Anti-Gun Wacko of the Week column about University of Colorado Professor Jerry Peterson, I chose the name of the column on a bit of a whim. I didn’t really expect that I would find that level of outrageousness on a weekly basis. But by now, you would think I would know better than to underestimate the ability of bureaucrats to make blindly stupid decisions. And that brings us to today’s story about 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer. Hunter is, by all reports, a happy and well-loved child who attends preschool in Grand Island Nebraska. Hunter...
  • Child Not Allowed to Sign Name

    08/28/2012 6:59:15 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 24 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | August 27, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A deaf three-year-old has been asked not to sign his name at school because it resembles a deadly weapon, according to “”It’s his name. It’s not like he’s going to bring a gun to school when he’s three years old,” Dana Schwieger told “Meantime, Hunter’s parents say that by Monday, lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf are likely to weigh in for Hunter’s right to sign his own name.” See the broadcast here:

    08/28/2012 2:23:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 113 replies ^ | august 28, 2012
    A deaf 3-year-old from Nebraska is being asked by the school district to change his name, his family alleges, because the way he refers to himself in sign language resembles “weapons.” Apparently the Grand Island school district has a policy that prevents students from bringing “any instrument…that looks like a weapon” to school, and now hands can be considered “instruments.” “Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” Hunter Spanjer’s grandmother Janet Logue said. Brian Spanjer, the boy’s father, added: “It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign,...
  • Biden Mocks Sign Language Interpreter

    08/15/2012 6:47:04 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Vice President Biden in Danville, VA on 8/14: "I have more to say, but I am saying too much already because these guys get me going... and you're gonna have trouble translating all this! The poor lady, she's gonna have tendonitis by the time she finishes this."
  • Police use taser on deaf woman

    08/06/2012 6:18:41 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 59 replies
    KIRO ^ | 8/5/12 | Chris Halsne
    KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help. Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges. After months of digging, investigative reporter Chris Halsne found significant discrepancies in the official police version of events leading up to Lashonn White’s arrest. Late in the evening on April 6, White said she called for police assistance after a guest reportedly attacked her in her own apartment. Deaf since...
  • Michelle Obama's "All this for a damn flag" shown at three different speeds

    06/26/2012 4:12:19 PM PDT · by RightOnline · 49 replies
    Email / Youtube | 6/26/12 | Unknown
    I received this in an email this afternoon.......and it positively made my blood boil. "This one may turn your stomach........ Obama's Wife as Seen by Deaf People Obama and his wife were attending the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and watched as the Color Guard folded the flag into a triangular shape, according to custom. A video camera caught the two from the sidelines. Obama's wife leaned over and said to him, " All this for a damn flag ?" Obama turned to her, smiled smugly and nodded his head in agreement.How do we know what was said? The video was presented...
  • 29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time!

    09/30/2011 10:17:19 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 40 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 9.26.2011 | Sarah Churman/video by husband
  • Tearjerker Alert: Deaf Woman Hears Herself for the First Time

    10/01/2011 6:37:11 AM PDT · by TSgt · 83 replies
    Time NewsFeed ^ | 10/01/2011 | Aylin Zafar
    Sloan Churman, 29, was born deaf and had never heard the sound of her own voice—until last week. Eight weeks ago, Churman underwent surgery for a hearing implant called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. Though she'd been wearing hearing aids since the age of 2, she says they “only help so much.” She had her husband record the activation of the implant. We dare you not to break out into tears with her.
  • Deaf man's note spurs bomb threat response on Metra train

    09/13/2011 8:06:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 13, 2011
    A miscommunication with a deaf person led police to erroneously believe a bomb threat was being made on a Metra train Monday night, leading to an emergency response, authorities said. Riverside police said this morning a Metra conductor flagged down a police officer at 8:12 p.m. and reported that a passenger had passed him a handwritten note saying there might have been a bomb on the train.
  • Viagra has almost turned Hugh Hefner deaf!

    06/20/2011 6:18:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 91 replies · 1+ views
    Times of India ^ | Jun 18, 2011, 11.54am IST | Staff
    Two 21-year-old twins, who were the former lovers of Hugh Hefner have revealed that the 'Playboy' chief has gone partially deaf because he takes too much of Viagra. Karissa and Kristina Shannon said that 85-year-old womaniser would not stop taking the pill because he does not want to lose his sex drive. "He said he would rather have sex than have his hearing. He has hearing aids now and even then he can only hear out of one ear," the Sun quoted Karissa as saying. "You have to lean down and talk into his good ear for him to understand...
  • Group of deaf, mute friends stabbed at bar after thug mistakes sign language for gang signs

    05/01/2011 5:46:51 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 85 replies
    A group of deaf friends were stabbed at a bar in Florida after a woman mistook their sign language for gang signs. Alfred Stewart, 31, was partying at the Ocean's Eleven Lounge in Hallendale Beach, Fla., with some friends who were also deaf on Saturday night when the group's signing caught the eye of gang-banger Barbara Lee. The 45-year-old Lee though the group was throwing gang signs at her, and responded by flashing gang signs back at them, cops said.
  • Fort Leonard Wood seeks sign language interpreters

    11/29/2010 7:15:32 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/20/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2010) — Family members often turn out in large numbers for graduation ceremonies of trainees, but that’s difficult for family members who can’t hear what’s happening. According to Anne Marie Laredo, Fort Leonard Wood’s school liaison officer, a trainee recently graduated from basic training without his family being present because she couldn’t find a sign language interpreter to help. That shouldn’t have happened, Laredo said, and she’s asking for help so it won’t happen again. “I felt horrible about that,” Laredo said. “I had a unit that was having a graduation and a family...
  • Video: Deaf Baby Hears for First Time

    10/22/2010 11:32:44 PM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 28, 2010 | Colby Hall
  • Staff Tackles and Chokes Deaf Shopper suspected of Shoplifting (Nasty video)

    08/12/2010 5:12:36 AM PDT · by tlb · 16 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | August 09, 2010 | FlippinWindows
    The two guys who are deaf were in the Clothing store XXI and apparently they were shopping, Staff must have seen them do something to suspect them of stealing, but that doesn't have any support or facts. Before I started filming. The Big Black dude in Jeans who mighta been a store detective jumps and tackles the large hispanic deaf guy. from there I remembered my new phone and turned on the camera, There was who looked to be the manager of XXI that said to turn off the camera because they didn't want to get exposed for harassing and...
  • The incredible moment a deaf baby hears his mother's voice for the very first time

    06/04/2010 6:05:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 73 replies · 2,253+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/4/2010 | Daniel Bates
    Gurgling in a mix of wonder and joy, this is the incredible moment a child hears his mother's voice for the first time.Eight-month-old Jonathan was born deaf and had cochlear implants put into his ears so he could hear.His father filmed the tear-jerking moment they were turned on for the first time, capturing the amazement in the boy's face as he heard his mother's voice saying his name.Video at link Seconds before the implant is turned on, Jonathan rests peacefully in his mother's arms The implant is turned on - and Jonathan, hearing his mother's voice for the first time,...
  • Obama Seeks Return to Campaign-Style Discipline

    02/16/2010 3:59:48 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 46 replies · 900+ views
    AP via ^ | 2/16/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- Facing criticism that President Barack Obama isn't connecting with the American people, the administration is infusing its communications strategy with some of the ironclad discipline and outside-the-box thinking that made the Obama presidential campaign so successful. Sensitive about talk that the president was sometimes overexposed during his first year in office, the White House now is more discriminating about how and when the president deals with media -- and about whom he talks to when he does. Aides say there's no formal reevaluation of the administration's communications strategy as the president embarks on his second year in office....
  • Sir Adrian Boult and franksolich discuss music

    02/13/2010 9:42:51 AM PST · by franksolich · 21 replies · 355+ views
    conservativecave ^ | February 11, 2010 | franksolich
    I have no idea the standing of the late Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983, if memory serves me correctly) in the world of music, other than that he was a famous symphony conductor, quite possibly one of the best of the past century. But by the time I met him, in February 1978 in London, he was nearing 90 years old, and had long ago passed the baton on to others. His appearance was a shock to me, because I had not realized how ancient he was at the time; I was seeing a white-haired crooked little man who in no...
  • Pope urges support for deaf, including access to health care

    11/20/2009 4:31:13 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 325+ views
    cns ^ | November 20, 2009 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI lamented the serious lack of public programs and measures to address the needs of deaf people and a lack of even basic health care, which often can prevent hearing impairment. He spoke Nov. 20 to some 400 people attending a Vatican conference addressing the role of the deaf in the church. A handful of interpreters signed the pope's words to deaf participants during the audience in the Clementine Hall of the papal palace. The Nov. 19-21conference was organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry and was dedicated to "The Deaf Person...
  • Dr. Antonio De la Cruz dies at 65; neurotologist performed ear surgery on Rush Limbaugh

    08/08/2009 2:40:44 PM PDT · by Borges · 37 replies · 2,179+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | Dennis McLellan
    Dr. Antonio De la Cruz, a renowned neurotologist at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles who performed cochlear implant surgery on conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, has died. He was 65. De la Cruz, who also was the director of education at the House Ear Institute, died July 31 of complications of lymphoma at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, an institute spokeswoman said. An associate of the House Ear Clinic since 1975, De la Cruz was in the news in 2001 when he successfully performed cochlear implant surgery on Limbaugh. A cochlear implant is an electronic...
  • Cats act as ears for deaf woman

    07/05/2009 7:37:10 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 1,378+ views
    gwinnettdailypost ^ | 7/5/2009 | Deanna Allen
    LAWRENCEVILLE - Betty Macaluso doesn't need an alarm clock; she has cats. The Lawrenceville woman is awakened each morning by Tom 2, a wide-eyed orange and white cat, who gently paws at her arm about 6 a.m. wanting his breakfast. If Tom 2 happens to sleep through his job or gets distracted, Tiger, a heavier gray and black tabby, steps in. Since Macaluso can't hear the ringing of an alarm clock - she has been deaf all her life - her cats serve as her ears. She adopted Tom 2 and Tiger, both now about a year old, from PetSmart...
  • "There is no disadvatage at all of being deaf as a priest"

    06/11/2009 11:20:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 358+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | June 10, 2009
    A couple weeks ago, I posted the item about Boston's new deaf priest. And recently the Religion News Service caught up with Fr. Shawn Carey to ask him a few questions about his singular vocation. They exchanged some Q&A emails with him. An excerpt: Q: What was it like growing up as a deaf Catholic? A: Back then, there were no (deaf) interpreters in the Catholic Church and in the Catholic schools. It was a frustrating journey, but I managed to overcome the obstacles. Today, more deaf Catholics can attend Masses and receive sacraments through deaf priests or hearing priests...