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Harming Your Hearing: The Obvious Hows and Whys to Which Many People Are Deaf

I've always had a sharp sense of hearing—"sensitive ears," if you will. They were sensitive enough that when I started to play drums at the beginning of my teen years, it was readily apparent that it wasn't going to be any fun unless I used ear protection.

Over the course of the next 15 years or so I'd go to parties/concerts/bars/clubs featuring music that was usually too loud for comfort.  But for whatever reason, it never occurred to me to extend my ear-protecting practices outside of the realm of playing live music. And so, like everybody else who spends time in such environments, sometimes I'd come home with a bit of transitory tinnitus,…

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 Harming Your Hearing: The Obvious Hows and Whys to Which Many People Are Deaf

For most of us, our ears simply seem to take care of themselves. But when you're exposing them to overloud music, things can change, and not for the healthier.

Hear the World Foundation

The foundation’s aim is to create a world in which each person has the chance of good hearing. As leading hearing system manufacturer, Sonova sees its social responsibility as the provision of support to needy people with hearing loss and its involvement in prevention of hearing loss and provision of information.

Action on Hearing Loss

We want a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced – and where people value and look after their hearing.


A leading online resource for news, information, careers and continuing education for audiology and the hearing care industry.


This website is our effort to help you on your journey to better hearing. We’re certain that the trip will be well worth your while.

Global Coalition of Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

GPOD is an international collaboration of parent groups dedicated to promoting improved systemic protocols and practices which encourage informed choice and the empowerment of families with a deaf or hard of hearing child throughout the world.


H.E.A.R. Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of noise exposure that can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Damage to hearing is typically cumulative and irreversible, not immediately detectable, and it can occur from almost any contemporary music source or event.

Hands & Voices

"Who are we? We are parents of ASL signers, cued speech users.... parents of kids with cochlear implants or total communicators... we are people who have common interests connected through the community of deafness. Hands & Voices is a safe place to explore options, get unemotional support (although we can be emotional about it!), learn from one another and share what we have in common.

Hearing Aid Museum

Welcome to the largest on-line hearing aid museum in the world! When this web site is completed, you will be able to browse through more than 1,300 different hearing aids and related items that have been used down through the years.

Hearing Health & Technology Matters

This site is created by and for people who share the belief that Hearing Health & Technology Matters! Our vision is to provide timely information and lively insights to anyone who cares about hearing loss.

Hearing Health Foundation

Hearing Health Foundation's mission is to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through groundbreaking research.

Hearing Link

We are the UK organisation for people with hearing loss & their families. We make it easy to find information, services & support, and to connect with others to share experiences & advice.

Hearing Loss Association of America

HLAA is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 48 million (20 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.

Hearing Wellbeing

Hearing Wellbeing has evolved into ensuring the wellbeing of everyone with a hearing issue and making sure relatives and carers know how to make life easy. It started life as a mag called Deaf Wellbeing but the profoundly deaf community does not need us. We are here for everyone with hearing loss (don’t you just hate the word ‘loss’). We have to use the expression as most people type it into Google but we’re moving on with ‘hearing assistance’ and wearing a hearing device! Attitude change is another aim.

Help America Hear

Help America Hear's mission is to enhance the quality of life for men, women and children with hearing impairments.”

International Hearing Society

The International Hearing Society (IHS) is a membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide. IHS members are engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and counseling patients.

John Tracy Clinic

JTC is the leading diagnostic and education center for young children with hearing loss. We are the largest private provider of services to families with young children overcoming hearing loss in the world. Our renowned audiology, education and support services have garnered international attention and praise.

Let Them Hear Foundation

The Let Them Hear Foundation helps hearing-impaired individuals to H.E.A.R., specifically those lacking adequate access to funding and healthcare resources. LTHF provides Hearing services for underprivileged American youth; Education for professional and public sectors per cochlear implant hearing healthcare issues and practices; Access development for under-served persons through insurance advocacy and overseas medical missionary efforts; and Research concerning treatment for ear disease and function.

Listen Foundation

The Listen Foundation was founded in 1969 and was the first organization in the world to advocate auditory-verbal therapy (AVT), and remains Colorado’s only parent centered, auditory-based communication approach for teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing spoken language through listening.

My Hearing Loss Experience

Blog about lost sense.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

NCHAM serves as the National Resource Center for the implementation and improvement of comprehensive and effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. As a multidisciplinary Center, our goal is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Hearing, Ear Infections, and Deafness.

Oticon Hearing Foundation

Seeks to promote sustainable improvements in access to hearing care for in need people and communities around the world. Through its support of humanitarian endeavors that unite hearing care professionals in a community of caring, the Foundation aims to provide lasting benefits to underserved populations worldwide.

The Center for Hearing and Speech

The Center for Hearing and Speech is the only full-service resource in Houston to teach deaf children to listen and speak without the use of sign language. Since 1947, CHS has helped thousands of Houston-area children gain listening, speaking and literacy skills – the tools they need to improve their quality of life and achieve success in society.

The Limping Chicken

Deaf news and deaf blogs from the UK! Lays eggs every weekday.

Acoustic Neuroma Association

Acoustic Neuroma Association is a patient organization established in 1981 to provide education and support to those diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma. This rare tumor is benign and is located on the hearing and balance nerve. The first symptoms include hearing loss, tinnitus, balance issues and a feeling of fullness in the affected ear.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Advancing listening and talking through standards of excellence and international certification of professionals.

ASL Access

Deaf and hearing people worldwide want to learn and enjoy American Sign Language – ASL. Our vision here at ASL Access is to promote public access to ASL.

Association of Late Deafened Adults

ALDA strives, as it continues to grow, to provide education, role models and support for late-deafened adults. ALDA also advocates on behalf of late-deafened adults in promoting public and private programs that support their needs, and encourages research into the various aspects of late-deafness.

Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses

We provide information, promote advocacy and mentorship, and create a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.

Canine Companions for Independence

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Chattering Children

To equip children with hearing loss and their families with a foundation for lifelong learning through listening and spoken language and to build productive partnerships in research, professional training, and collaborative outreach programs to promote best practices in language learning for children with hearing loss.


Over 250,000 people have been where you are right now. Face to face with their own hearing loss. Or that of a loved one. Of course they were anxious, who wouldn’t be? But they all took a deep breath and made the decision to hear now and always. And we’ll help you do the same.


CochlearImplantHELP is here to help you wherever you are in your cochlear implant journey. Whether you are just starting to research about a cochlear implant online, or are a seasoned user looking for ways to connect to your favorite piece of electronic equipment,

Communication Service for the Deaf

CSD exists to address communication inequalities in the Deaf Community. There's nothing else that means more to us than communication access.

Deaf Children Australia

DCA was established formally in 1862 to support the needs of families raising children who are deaf. DCA is one of Australia’s longest serving charities and our organisation continues to build upon our reputation for quality services and innovation.

Deaf Education

DeafEd.net and Hands & Voices and are proud to be co-partnering on this web site. We hope that this collaboration will work to support the educational possibilities provided to children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Deaf Linx

Deaf Linx is your resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Langauge (ASL) and all other related topics. Deaf Linx firmly believes that deafness is not a disability, but a condition that produces a sub-culture that should be celebrated.

Deaf Newspaper

America's largest deaf news.

Deaf Resource Library

The Deaf Resource Library is a virtual library -- an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics. While I have a bias towards cultural Deaf models, I have tried to include more material about hard of hearing issues as well.

Deaf Strategies

Deaf Strategies has been designed with hearing impaired people in mind. It brings together strategies that people with a hearing loss have found helpful to them in a variety of situations. We hope that people will be able to dip into this pot of ideas and take what they feel they will find useful, much like the bee in the photo below takes the nectar from the poppy.

Deaf Studies Trust

DST is a national charity set up for the benefit of the Deaf community in the UK. It aims to apply research-based knowledge to practical issues for Deaf children and adults. It works also with hard of hearing adults.


Your Gateway to the Deaf Community.


Welcome to A-Z to Deafblindness. Please feel free to come in and browse around.


Welcome to DeafDOC.org, where the difficult is easy…the impossible takes just a little longer! DeafDOC.org is your site for free, reliable health information for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) community, health and educational providers, interpreters, and partnerships worldwide.


Founded in 2003 by brothers Joel and Jed Barish, DeafNation, Inc. is the international leader in video content, news coverage, social networking and special events for the greater deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The company’s brand portfolio includes DeafNation Expo, an annual tour of 10-15 expos all over the United States and deafnation.com, an exclusive social network offering resources for the deaf and hard-of-hearing such as blogs and online videos that provide in-depth coverage on current news, famous world activities and outstanding individuals.


The first TV show and website in American Sign Language.


Your center for deaf awareness, deaf culture and deaf resources.

Dogs for Better Lives

Dogs for Better Lives’ mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue or breed and the people we serve.

Exceptional Nurse

ExceptionalNurse.com is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. By sharing information and resources, ExceptionalNurse.com hopes to facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled.

Gate Communications

Gate Communications is a local and national not-for-profit organization serving the greater Deaf Community through the provision of Interpreting, Education, Community Events, and Outreach.

Gray's Deaf Blog

Hi. My name is Graham and I have decided to right a journal about my hearing loss problems and my current adventure into the possibility of getting a Cochlear Implant.

I look so I can Hear

This blog is about living with a hearing loss in London (UK), aiming to raise awareness of various issues surrounding hearing loss.

Life In Mute: The Progression Towards Silence

I created this blog to share my journey from the chaotic world of overbearing noise to a place of silence, a place I've been for so long, I often forget just how loud the world really is. Here you can gain insight into my hearing impairment, the latest technology in hearing improvement, hearing aid reviews, hearing health, hearing assistance, and just about anything else that relates to hearing loss, my terror of becoming completely deaf and my adventure as I learn more about deaf culture.


Access to Movie Theaters for Patrons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Visually Impaired.

National Association of the Deaf

NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Center On Deaf-Blindness

As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families...

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based family association. Our philosophy is that individuals who are deaf-blind are valued members of society and are entitled to the same opportunities and choices as other members of the community.

Rotarians for Hearing

Rotarians for Hearing RAG is a resource for Rotarians to provide information, expertise and encouragement to Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and Multi-Districts to help them participate in cooperative projects and large scale humanitarian projects to help children and adults with hearing loss.

San Simon Foundation

"Saving the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people"

Signing Online

Signing Online offers web-based courses, designed to effectively teach you American Sign Language (ASL) at your own pace from anywhere using your computer, tablet or smart phone.


Hearing Loss...One of the most common health issues in the world is also one of the most treatable.

Starkey Hearing Foundation

We use hearing as a vehicle to change lives around the world.

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD’s philosophy is one of equality, human rights and respect for all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual preference, age and all other differences. WFD supports and promotes in its work the many United Nations conventions on human rights, with a focus on Deaf people who use sign language, and their friends and family.

Xpressive Handz

I was a hard of hearing child who grew up to be a deafened adult. I share and write about deafness, hearing loss and other things I find interesting. I am a 50 something year old woman who could be anyone's mother, grandmother or friend.

American Board of Audiology

Founded in 1999, the American Board of Audiology® (ABA) is an autonomous organization dedicated to enhancing audiological services to the public. We work closely with expert practitioners across the globe to create universally recognized standards in professional audiology practice.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance

ACI Alliance unites the medical community, patients, families, advocates and other professionals to improve the acceptance of and access to cochlear implants for one simple reason: to help enrich people's lives.

American Hearing Research Foundation

Founded in 1956 by Dr. George E. Shaumbaugh, Jr. in Chicago, The American Hearing Research Foundation serves two vital roles: to fund significant research in hearing and balance disorders, and to help educate the public about hearing loss and balance disorders related to the inner ear.

American Society for Deaf Children

ASDC is the premier source of information for people who must make decisions about deaf children: providers, educators, legislators, and advocates.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

National association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech and hearing scientists, support personnel, and students.

American Tinnitus Association

The American Tinnitus Association – Committed to a Cure. ATA is a global leader in the effort to find a cure for tinnitus. We bring together patients, researchers, healthcare professionals, industry partners and lawmakers to develop tinnitus management tools and fund vital tinnitus research.

British Deaf Association

As a member-led organisation, our work is focused on achieving equality for Deaf people through community empowerment, membership and campaigning. Working with local Deaf and BSL Communities is crucial to the success of BDA campaigns and creates opportunities for Deaf people to develop, participate and contribute in wider society.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

CHHA is a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians. CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies, and provides information about hard of hearing issues and solutions. CHHA is Canada's only nation-wide non-profit consumer organization run by and for hard of hearing people.

Canadian Hearing Services

Canadian Hearing Services (CHS) is Canada’s preeminent provider of clinical services, products, education, and source of information for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

Royal Association for Deaf People

Welcome to RAD. We promote equality for Deaf people through the provision of accessible services. RAD has been working with sign language users and promoting Deaf people’s rights since 1841.

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