• ear wax

    Posted by Cara Jordan on 3/15/2018

    Kasey asked:

    • Hello, I'm Kasey and I'm in 4th grade, I was just wondering, do all deaf or hard of hearing people have a lot of wax in their ear? is it because the mold on the hearing aid or cochlear implant keeps air out of the ear? Does air clean out the ear so there isn't a lot of wax? Thank You!


    So...everyone's body produces ear wax. We think it helps to lubricate your ear, keep it from itching and to help keep dust and debris out of you ear canal. There are little hairs in your ear and as the ear wax builds up the hairs help move it out of the ear canal. As you move your jaw, the bits move outward and can eventually come out. When you shower you probably flush some out. People who use hearing aids or earmolds for cochlear implants probably make it harder for the wax to come out on its own. Also, some people just seem to produce more ear wax, so they might have a lot or even a blockage without even using earmolds. You shouldn't use cotton swabs because that can push the wax in and press the hairs down, making their job harder. If you tend to get buildup or blockages, you should really have a trained doctor or nurse remove it for you!

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  • deaf, Deaf or hard of hearing

    Posted by Cara Jordan on 3/15/2018

    Hi Ms. Jordan! My name is Kasey and I am in 4th grade. I was just wondering, if you are deaf in one ear and still have a little bit of hearing in the other ear [like I am] are you deaf or hard of hearing? Thank you!


    Good questions, Kasey! Although people have varying levels of hearing, how they choose to identify themselves is really up to them. Some people whose audiograms would show profound deafness, might identify as being hard of hearing and likewise, someone whose audiogram shows a moderate level of hearing could identify as Deaf or deaf. When someone uses a capital D for "Deaf", it means that they identify as a culturally Deaf person who uses ASL to communicate. People who use lower case d for "deaf" may also use ASL but they use the label that indicates that they have a loss of hearing. Some people who are able to use hearing aid or cochlear implants to access sound well, still prefer not to use "hard of hearing" because they feel people think they can hear just fine with their hearing aids or implants and as you know,thats not really true. Some people still use "hearing impaired" but it's really an offensive term because the word "impaired" is very negative and says something is wrong. So, you can choose to identify yourself any way that you want! You are uniquely you and hearing status is just a characteristic, not all that you are! I can think of lots of things that you are: smart, talented, creative, resilient, adventurous...

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  • Ask Ms. Jordan...

    Posted by Cara Jordan on 2/9/2016

    I have loved speaking with some classes at Alden and Chandler about sound, how hearing works and assistive technology. If you have any more questions about what we talked about, feel free to ask them here! Please include your first name and your grade, so that I can give you the best answer I can.


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