Are congenital and genetic deafness the same? Why or why not? What is the Americans with Disabilities Act and when did it go into effect? What are some of the problems faced by late-deafened adults?
Are congenital and genetic deafness the same? Why or why not?
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act and when did it go into effect?
What are some of the problems faced by late-deafened adults?
Why do you think Deaf Culture, a social, communal and creative force of, by and for Deaf people, is based on American Sign Language?
Which stereotype of a Deaf person was most intriguing to you? Why?
Explain some of the challenges a Deaf person would face at the movies. How can this type of entertainment be more enjoyable for a Deaf person?
Can Deaf people dance? How?
Traditionally, is music a part of Deaf Culture? Explain your answer and support your reasoning.
Congenital deafness: Loss of hearing present at birth or loss that may develop later but is due to genetic causes or other influences that affected the fetus while it was in utero (in the womb).
The distinction between congenital and acquired deafness specifies only the time that the deafness appears. It does not specify whether the cause of the deafness is genetic (inherited).
Congenital deafness may or may not be genetic. For example, it may be associated with a white forelock and different colored eyes, caused by a genetic disease called Waardenburg syndrome. Congenital deafness may also be due to something such as the rubella virus to which the mother was exposed during pregnancy.
Acquired deafness may or may not be genetic. For example, it may be a manifestation of a delayed-onset form of genetic deafness. Or acquired deafness may be due to damage to the ear from noise.
Sometimes it seems like kids are always getting ear infections. Ear infections are very common in children. Children get ear infections about two out of every three times they have a cold. Children are more prone to ear infections because their small ears do not drain fluid as well as adult ears. Kids’ immune systems are also immature, and this increases the likelihood of certain infections.
There are three types of ear infections. Each type is defined according to where they occur in the ear canal. An ear infection may take place in the inner, middle, or outer ear. Each type of ear infection may exhibit different symptoms.
An infection of the ear canal (the outer ear) is sometimes referred to as swimmer’s ear. The name comes from the fact that it most often occurs when the ear canal stays wet long enough for bacteria or other organisms to grow.
The skin lining the ear canal and outer ear offers protection against infections from bacteria and fungi. However, when this skin barrier is broken, bacteria or fungi can invade the ear and cause infection. This ear infection is known as swimmer’s ear or an outer ear infection. Swimmer’s ear can be caused by too much moisture in the ear canal or from inserting something too deep into the ear.
Swimming or showering causes the acidic environment of the ear canal to be altered, which allows bacteria or fungi to invade the ear. The lining of the ear canal can also be broken by scratching or injuring from cotton swabs or other objects when inserted into the ear. Other causes of swimmer’s ear include chemicals that irritate the ear canal and skin conditions that cause the skin to crack.