Tuesday, 7 July 2015

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Hearing Tests via PIP: Pointless Oppression ?

'PIP' tests people by standing behind people and then whispering to assess if they are deaf or not ? This didn't work in 1950, why would it work now ?  

Years ago they used to drop a book on the floor to see if you would 'jump' at the sound. That was double-jeopardy too, because if you felt the vibration and responded, that was further 'evidence' you could hear everything.

ATR's Melow Meldrew had a test at age 15, the doctor stood behind MM and whispered, MM didn't hear anything, the nurse told the Doctor, 'he hasn't heard a thing since he came in the room..'  

The Dr said 'This is schoolkids messing about..' and passed MM 'A1 Hearing'.  2 weeks later when he left school he was diagnosed profound deaf in BOTH ears, by his hospital ENT dept.  Now they want to let loose amateurs/students to test the validity of deaf people who need to claim allowances ?

Are db ratings a valid guide ?

The Mosquito device MK4. The most effective way to move kids away from an area
db levels are a quagmire of uncertainty, it ISN'T a guide to how much you can follow, just a rough guide on what they think are sounds./frequencies you can identify.  E.G. teenagers can mostly hear frequencies adults cannot.  Hence why the 'Mosquito' alarms were used in Wales to stop them hanging around shops and street corners, the frequencies didn't bother older people over 20 but were painful to teens. (About on par with exposing them to endless opera singing lol).

Ridiculous testing (II).    DWP staff attended a deaf man to assess him, asking 'Can you hear yet ?' after he was born deaf and had been deaf for 71 years, do they think it cures itself ?  They repeated this question every 3 months.

If you have to submit a request for an interpreter, lip-speaker, or notetaker it would be glaringly obvious you cannot hear whether they whispered behind your back or used  a megaphone !  Hearing LOSS is just ONE aspect of the test, comprehension of what you hear has to be verified as well.  You can get people who hear pretty well with a hearing aid, but, cannot follow speech or recall exactly what is said (APD).  The oral 'tests' won't pick that up, they will just assume you can 'hear when you want to..' and then fail you. 

However human rights lawyers had the mosquito's removed via health and safety/discrimination although teens suffered no lasting ill-effect and was a great deterrent.  If PIP tests are purely based on db then we need to know what rating identifies deafness, as at present no-one agrees db ratings do that because it is doesn't ID all reasons why you have loss or why your brain doesn't always interpret what it does hear properly.  

When HI had issues with Staffordshire Health Trusts, trying to limit hearing aids provision, there was no basis laid down as to what db rating qualified you to have a hearing aid or what basis you needed two.  You would need a very in-depth test based on an holistic overview of all know reasons, that test doesn't exist as yet.

Sign language dialects “in decline” ?

Sign language dialects “in decline” report researchersRecently reported on a facebook site, it is dated news but apparently still raising issues ?

Factually until recent times BSL had no norm at all, there were huge rows from hearing learners who paid a lot of money to qualify as interpreters only to be failed because deaf judges relied on own regional signs insisting theirs was the 'right way, to sign in defiance of the system trying to establish a sign norm.

If there is a determined march to normalise 'BSL' then that can only be a good thing, although ATR prefers sign should be Signed English norm not 'rogue' BSL which is as ATR pointed out many times, varies by whoever uses it, and worryingly, used to cover up poor literacy at times.  

You have terps using what BSL they were trained on and grassroots doing their own thing regardless, this also led to huge gaps recently, where older deaf people are now struggling to follow modern Interpreters using this 'new' BSL.

By far the biggest issue is grammar, we need to seriously drop the BSL version of that so our deaf children can follow modern approaches.

Sign language dialects are under threat, according to researchers at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) at University College London.

Awareness about the changing use of language isn't just limited to speakers of English, who may lament the loss of old words and the inclusion of new words like 'selfie' in the Oxford English Dictionary. Users of British Sign Language (BSL) are being faced with unprecedented change in their language, with some loss of regional variations in signs, and a gap between the older and younger generations emerging.

British Sign Language is a rich, naturally evolving language, where the signs you use can vary according to where you live and where you went to school. 

Just like in English, where you may call a bread roll a 'bap', 'barm' or 'cob', partly depending on where you grew up, the vocabulary of BSL can differ depending on your region. 

However in the first major study of how BSL is evolving, now published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers have found that although local dialects still exist, these variations are in decline.

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When losing your hearing is a sign of a brain tumour

Over the next few years her hearing deteriorated, as did her balance, but GPs failed to spot the problemMy problems started during my second year of university when I noticed my hearing wasn't what it should be.

I was fine in quiet surroundings but, as soon as I was somewhere noisy, like a restaurant, I struggled to hear what people were saying and often pretended to hear, mirroring other people's reactions to seem part of the conversation.

I went to a GP in Bristol, where I was studying, and was shocked when they put it down to the mumps I'd had six months earlier. I had no idea it could have so severe an effect. In fact, this complication is rare, according to the NHS. But I accepted the explanation and carried on as normal.

A few years later, in early 2014, now working in London as a TV researcher on food programmes, I realised my hearing had become worse. I was straining to hear on my right side, and being in a crowd was impossible.

I went to my local GP, who referred me to an audiologist. After several hearing tests, he concluded I had severe hearing loss in my right ear, gave me a hearing aid and sent me on my way. Problem solved - apparently.

Kath suffered stress incontinence after having a baby, she underwent an op she was told would be v low risk to fix it, by inserting a vaginal mesh into her. It went wrong, leaving her in terrible pain. She is leading a campaign against these ops.

But that wasn't the full story. As my hearing gradually deteriorated, so did my balance. I'd often lose my footing, find it difficult to walk straight and stumble into things - so much so that my terrible balance became a bit of a joke among my friends. I assumed this was a result of my deafness and that nothing could be done.

I became cautious with alcohol, as it made things more difficult - on New Year's Eve, I had a glass of champagne and nearly fell over. I felt unnaturally woozy, though I'd drunk very little. I was once even turned away from a nightclub as the bouncer thought I was too 'smashed' to be allowed in, yet I'd had only two glasses of wine.

Then came my fall - a serious warning sign that I didn't pick up on. In September 2014, I went to the loo during the night and on my way back reached out to hold the banister, missed, lost my balance and fell backwards down the stairs. Over the next few years her hearing deteriorated, as did her balance, but GPs failed to spot the problem

Over the next few years her hearing deteriorated, as did her balance, but GPs failed to spot the problem. Disorientated and winded, I wasn't sure what had happened, but I was in a lot of pain. The crash woke my flatmate, who insisted I go to A & E.