Hearing Loss, Captioning, Implants, and…Music!

December 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

A very positive presentation in this video.  We enjoyed it, and yet…there are a few pieces of it that surprise us, e.g. he says that among disabilities, if one has a choice, choose hearing loss. (?!) We’ve never seen anyone say this before – and usually, it’s the reverse (didn’t Helen Keller say to choose vision loss?).  Probably not a good idea to belabor which “difference” to “choose” at all, and the goals of the speaker are commendable.

http://ilsordo.blogspot.com/ is a TEDmed video with captioning



§ 2 Responses to Hearing Loss, Captioning, Implants, and…Music!

  • A new study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging state that “Hearing Loss is now linked to may other health problems!” According to their studies, people with hearing loss are much more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This study goes on to state that “hearing loss left untreated can lead to loneliness, isolation and depression.”

    • ls says:

      Thanks for your comment John. (Rayovac batteries are important! 🙂

      This “medical” association, all of them, are important to know about.

      For discussion perhaps:
      My personal reaction is that these studies are a double edged sword:
      a. on one hand, it’s very important for the world to pay more attention to the huge prevalence of hearing loss, and,
      b. on the other hand, the implication is that people with hearing loss become demented, depressed, etc. (The old canard that we become dumb, dim, or daft).

      We remain energetic, intelligent, and able of course.

      While it’s true that deafness and acquired hearing loss are correlated with human struggles in most of our lives, correlated with large numbers of people who suffer in many related ways, these are group statistics and there are many who do not develop illness also.

      In terms of our mission here in the CCAC – we know that people who use good hearing aids, and many with implants, and also others who use other technologies such as listening devices – the majority of them also use captioning when it’s there, and many require it in detailed conversations and presentations.
      I’d go so far to say – that IF we can all raise our voices together about the value of captioning inclusion – IF we can all raise awareness that quality real time speech to text translation IS AS IMPORTANT as hearing aids and implants – then we will see a significant reduction in depression, even dementia (and these two conditions are sometimes highly correlated too).

      That’s our challenge – for the CCAC to find support to develop a campaign that moves our countries along to understand and recognize that “captioning” is not for comic books only :-)!

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