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Been Too Long. Sorry.

Sorry guys. I have neglected this blog for too long. I guess I needed the break or I just became incredibly busy and lazy. I am interested in writing again and getting back in interacting with readers and other bloggers. I am still an itinerant teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students. Just doing my thing. Stay Tuned, Elizabeth (e

Electronic records help link genes to age-related hearing loss

A study of patient electronic medical records and genome sequences from adults with age-related hearing impairment identified two genetic variations linked to the hearing disorder.

Gene found that raises risk of childhood ear infections

A gene region that raises the risk a child will have a middle ear infection, known to doctors as acute otitis media, has been discovered by researchers. The finding may offer an early clue to helping doctors develop more effective treatments to prevent one of the most common childhood illnesses.

Researchers shed light on repair mechanism for severe corneal injuries

In cases of severe ocular trauma involving the cornea, wound healing occurs following intervention, but at the cost of opaque scar tissue formation and damaged vision. Recent research has shown that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) — which...Show More Summary

Antibiotic gel squirted into the ear could provide a one dose cure for ear infections

A single-application bioengineered gel, squirted in the ear canal, could deliver a full course of antibiotic therapy for middle ear infections, making treatment of this common childhood illness much easier and potentially safer, a preclinical study finds.

Team discovers, successfully treats new variant of antibiotic-resistant bacterium

Researchers have discovered a new mutation in a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli that resists clearance by the body’s own immune system by inhibiting white blood cells that ordinarily kill and remove bacteria. In a new paper,...Show More Summary

Researchers find proliferating cells in normal, diseased corneal endothelium

For the first time, researchers have identified rapidly proliferating cells (known as “neural crest-derived progenitor cells”) in the corneal endothelium of specimens from normal corneas and from corneas with Fuchs’ Endothelial Corneal...Show More Summary

Evidence of 'hidden hearing loss' in college-age human subjects

Researchers have, for the first time, linked symptoms of difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments with evidence of cochlear synaptopathy, a condition known as 'hidden hearing loss,' in college-age human subjects with normal hearing sensitivity.

Awesome Self Advocacy Tool for Students: PowerPoint Presentation

One of the many things I enjoy about my job is collaborating with colleagues. I talked with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher about a high school student I work with. I wondered how I could get him to talk to his teachers about his hearing needs and how they can help him in the classroom. Show More Summary

Deaf High School Student Wants to Start ASL Club

A high school freshman student just transferred from another school system to one of the high schools where I serve dhh students as an itinerant or "traveling" deaf/hh teacher. She is profoundly deaf and uses sign language (mixture of English signs and ASL). Show More Summary

Role Models: Deaf and Hard of Hearing STEM Professionals

When discussing successful people who happen to be deaf and hard of hearing, most of my students are familiar with well known professionals in the entertainment business such as Marlee Matlin and Sean Berdy. This is great, but thereShow More Summary

Great App!! Bitsboard

Bitsboard: the best educational app ever! All you need is an iPad or a Tablet. It helps you create individual boards of images or words and you can use them to create all sorts of games and learning activities. It makes tracking student progress a breeze. Show More Summary


So my son tells me the ASL students at school have started telling him he is making mistakes with his signing. They are learning some different signs then he uses. Now what is interesting to me is when I was first learning I was told that you go with what the deaf person uses. Show More Summary

Where do I Start? Scream Therapy?

It has been awhile since I have posted. Life does that to people. It sweeps them away on different tangents sometimes floating far from where we start. Leaving us to swim back and get anchored. I have a few thoughts, not all very interesting, and I guess I will just vomit them out. Show More Summary

In Defense Of The Arts

I love this picture. It was taken while my son was goofing off before curtain a little over a year ago. I love how comfortable he is in his skin.He was the only deaf kid in the play which had a lot of improv. He was a principal and the only middle school kid cast as such. Show More Summary

Beginning the School Year: Setting Up Technology for Deaf/HH Students

As usual, summer went by quickly. The school year is about to begin! I am trying my best to get ready. I tend to focus on getting technology ready for students and teachers to use within the first weeks of school. The technology usually includes FM systems and listening devices. Show More Summary

Speak up! Spread the Word About Captions!

I am at a conference about educating students with disabilities with an emphasis on using technology. I am really enjoying my time and learning a lot! However, some presenters and developers of software for students and educators to use forget to caption the videos included. Show More Summary

At last, society at large heard Deaf people's grumbles especially Deaf-Blind

Surprisingly, the world of French filmaking and society at large surely heard the grumbles among Deaf and Deaf-blind people regard to the film casting of Deaf roles."Marie's Story" film still haven't cast the real Deaf-blind individual...Show More Summary

Video: How to Change BTE Hearing Aid Tubes

Great video tutorial on how to change a behind-the-ear hearing tube (generic, typical sized tube), not for the newer models with the super skinny tubes. You can buy hearing aid tubes online or get them from your audiologist or hearing aid dispenser. You will need to find out what size and type you will need. Hope this helps! (e

Students. The Things They Say and Do!

My students never fail to crack me up, challenge me, and break my heart. Here are some examples: Young student will whip out his invisible phone from time to time pretending to talk to someone. When he does this while working, I sign to him to hang up and that he needs to work. Show More Summary

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