| Jun 24, 2013
| 9:58 AM
A new system at Lake Forest City Hall allows individuals with hearing loss to link into the council chamber's sound system and microphones by hitting a button on their hearing aids.
"Part of the reason that there's so much hearing loss as people get...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Elbow to elbow around a kitchen island, a family dinner is unfolding.
One teen is thumbing around on her phone; another is dousing his dinner in ketchup; the other two are talking music and dubbing their teacher Grim Reaper. The parents, meanwhile,...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 12:31 PM
Slowly but steadily, people with hearing loss are discovering looping, a simple way to enhance their theater, concert or worship experience — or just to make it easier to hear while riding in a taxi.
Simply put, looping takes a signal from a sound...
| Jun 23, 2013
Gerry Henaghan was 9 years old when she started volunteering at the Special Olympics.
"We were at Marquette Park and I had a cousin competing, so my sister and I started helping out," Henaghan says. "That was 1976."
She never stopped helping, and...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Change the diaper. Feed the baby. Burp. Hold. Sleepy time.
After babies are born, fussing often is a way of communicating some basic needs.
When they get a little older, it’s not always that simple. Babies can point, or they can make some...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Sheryl Scherr, the registrar at Orange County's Blankner School, has been named the district's Support Person of the Year for 2013. Scherr, who has worked at Blankner for 16 years, serves as the school's homeless liaison and works closely with students...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Anyone who’s gone to too many rock concerts or worked with loud machinery for too long (or listened to too many kazillion-decibel advertisements at a movie theater) may eventually pay the price: hearing loss caused by damage to tiny, sound-...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Dr. William F. House, a dentist-turned-ear specialist who 50 years ago defied the medical establishment and many advocates for the hearing impaired to champion an implantable device, now widely accepted, that made everyday sounds audible to the profoundly...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Switched at Birth: “Uprising” airs Monday, March 4, at 8pm ET on ABC Family. For those worried about the prospect of watching an hour of television entirely in sign language — that means no voices or ambient noise — Switched at...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 12:31 PM
| Mar 19, 2013
| 3:20 PM
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Toys "R" Us, alleging the company broke the law when staff at its Columbia store refused to provide a sign-language interpreter for a job applicant who is deaf.
The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S....
| Apr 25, 2013
| 7:14 AM
A few dozen pennies, shiny and perpetually floating in a clear brick of plastic sit on Herman Shooster's desk. Given as a gift celebrating the 1968 initial public offering of his first entrepreneurial venture, a frozen food company, it wasn't long...