By Karla Morales and Tanya Jansen Social distancing has hindered the ways of communication of the deaf, blind, and deaf-blind communities. Touch is critical for these communities which has become a significant risk of contagion due to COVID-19. Deaf-blind Americans use touch in their daily lives: hand over hand signing to communicate, finger scanning used for braille, hugs and handshakes. Kevin Anderson is a hard-of-hearing and blind individual who has noticed some of the challenges that his deaf-blind friends have been facing during the pandemic. “The biggest problem we're having is no interaction and no socialization among each other,” stated Anderson. “We don't have the … [Read more...] about COVID-19 challenges deaf and blind community
By Woojung Choi |Staff Writer| Hearing loss problems are 30 percent higher among teens today than during the 1970s and 80s, according to Tamara Sacharczyk of Chicopee, MA channel 22 News. Today’s youth in general are more at risk of sustaining hearing loss by listening to loud music. They are aptly labelled the “deaf generation” and portable music players and earbuds contribute to this epidemic, according to Susan Donaldson James of NBC news. “Earlier this year the World Health Organization warned that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss because of personal audio devices, such as smartphones, and damaging levels of sound,” according to James. James added that … [Read more...] about Can you hear me now?