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The Urgency in Hearing Impairment Rises Due to Wearing of Face Masks
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The Urgency in Hearing Impairment Rises Due to Wearing of Face Masks

What else can you do if you can barely hear people but to read their lips for clues? However, now that wearing face masks is necessary to ensure safety, the deaf can no longer keep their secrets. Their impairment has become obvious and yet, solutions to their problem remain at bay. Transparent masks seem to be promising but data show that they aren’t much help either. The lips are still obscured, and the hearing impaired can only hear muffled sounds at best. This issue has been forcing deaf people to reveal their problems and seek help, proven by an increase in appointments of specialists; SIVUH’s Chief Audiologist Shane McMahon, for example. The same increase in visits was observed in the US. Experts believe that these people have already been adapting to the world despite their...
Are the Deaf Athletes Ready for the 2021 Deaflympics?
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Are the Deaf Athletes Ready for the 2021 Deaflympics?

The 24th Summer Deaflympics organizers stay persistent to push through with the sporting event on December 5 to 21 this year in Caxias do Sul, Brazil amidst the threats of the pandemic. The last Deaflympics happened last 2017 in Turkey. It was joined by 5,000 athletes who showed finesse in 21 sports. The heads of the organizing committee, Emir Jose Alves da Silva and Evaldo Antonio Kuiava, although determined to make the Deaflympics happen, are hesitant to risk the security of the event. They said that they assured the participating countries in writing that they’re committed to making it happen with three possible scenarios in mind of how it’ll take place to ensure the delegates’ safety from the worldwide health threat. Meanwhile, Ankara, Turkey is being eyed by Greece as the hos...
School Noise Impairs Hearing of Cafeteria Lady, Damages Are Paid
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School Noise Impairs Hearing of Cafeteria Lady, Damages Are Paid

In the autonomous community of Basque, Spain, lies the town of Portugalete where a cafeteria assistant, under the employment of GastronomiaCantabrica, suffered from a hearing loss due to her job. The lady is said to have been working at the school for 30 years, being exposed to the noise from children and banging cutleries which caused her to develop bilateral sensorineural hearing impairment. The noise during the buzzing lunchtime hours can reach 80 decibels or more, enough for some to be diagnosed with the cafeteria lady’s condition after habitual exposure. However, her hearing loss did not affect her ability to recognize speech. So, even though it had significant effects on her hearing, it was not considered disabling. As a result, she was awarded €1,800 for the damages. The amoun...