Saturday, 20 July 2019

What the Disabled are up against...

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Ignorance and arrogance combined with poor awareness mostly.  A recent Tweet from the 'elite' deaf area.

When you say you’re deaf and they put you in a disabled hotel room... 🤦‍♀️ I’m able bodied, just can’t hear, feel another disabled person would be losing out! Oh and the tv has no #subtitles ! 👍🏻

I don't think such views help us to be inclusive much, we aren't 'more able' than anyone else, just check on the amount of 'support' deaf need (Including subtitling!),  THEN say deaf aren't disabled. Or even nobody there understanding sign... As regards to nil subtitling,  most of us check before booking a room not complain after, when hotel staff were not informed you need them.

The deaf also claim the highest welfare/disability benefits in the UK.   They are acknowledged as severely disabled by the UK's primary assessment areas, the Health Service, and the DWP.   For those who don 't know go look at 'Sensory disabled' definitions or even own BSL campaigns for deaf access...

The assumption that if everyone learns BSL, then problem solved, is naive as well as uninformative and basically false.  Isolation, poor mental health (Also a disability), communication issues, different assistive needs, educational and learning issues.  So OK, we can walk on two legs but....... its where lack of hearing takes us, not them.

It's just another pointless rant to promote... what exactly?  It makes us look arrogant towards others... when we have no grounds at all for adopting that attitude.

VISOR? That will do nicely thanks...

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'I will never hear my father's voice'

Ilya Kaminsky
Ilya Kaminsky on deafness and escaping the Soviet Union. Until his family migrated to the US when he was 16, the Ukrainian-born poet lived without sound. He discusses his family’s persecution and his first collection in a decade. ‘My childhood and adolescence were spent watching the Soviet Union fall apart’ … Kaminsky has only published two poetry collections in 15 years, but his second, Deaf Republic, has been hailed as “a contemporary epic”, “a perfectly extraordinary book” from a poet described by the writer Garth Greenwell as “the most brilliant of his generation, one of the world’s few geniuses”. 

The man who has attracted all this hyperbole has a wraparound smile, and responds to a photographer’s demand to look more animated by reciting poetry in Russian and English. “Here is some Mandelstam,” he says. “Now I am going to give you some Emily Dickinson.” His speech drags slightly and he is apologetic about his accent: “After all this time, it should really be better,” he says, “but I only hear what the hearing aids give me.” For Kaminsky is hard of hearing – so, if you count sign language alongside Russian and Ukrainian, he is speaking in his fourth language. 

Deaf Republic is an investigation into “what happens to language in a time of crisis, how we carry on and how we try to remain human,” he explains. “It’s something I’m trying to find out in my book and in my life.” In just under 60 lyric poems, some only two lines long, it tells the story of a fictional town whose inhabitants react to the murder of a deaf child by shutting their ears. Little Petya’s crime is to spit at an army sergeant who has arrived to break up a public gathering in a time of martial law. “Deafness passes through us like a police whistle,” say the townspeople of Vasenka, who are described by the author as “the ‘we’ who tell the story”. The best recent poetry – review roundup Read more Kaminsky himself lost most of his hearing after contracting mumps aged four in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. 

“The Soviet doctor said it was just a cold and sent us away,” he says, without self-pity. This life-changing medical misjudgment would connect him with history in ways that he is still processing. “It is on the day Brezhnev dies that my mother learns of my deafness, and the odyssey of doctors and hospitals begins,” he wrote recently. “My mother shouts at senior citizens in public transport to promptly get up please and give her sick child a seat; my father, embarrassed, hides on the other side of the trolley. I cannot hear a word … Brezhnev is dead. Strangers wear black clothes in public. 

Thus begins the history of my deafness.” Advertisement It was only after he arrived in the US at the age of 16 that he was fitted with hearing aids. “When I came to the west I saw that there was this otherness that I didn’t perceive before,” he says. “Pretty much all my childhood and adolescence was spent watching the Soviet Union fall apart, but I couldn’t hear, so I followed the century with my eyes. I didn’t know anything different, but now I understand that I was seeing in a language of images.”

COUNTDOWN: In 6 yrs perfect hearing is ours.

Around 11million people in the UK – one in six – are deaf or have a hearing loss and about 1,200 are fitted with cochlear implants  each year (stock image of a boy with a cochlear implant)
Deaf people could get 'almost perfect' quality hearing from a cochlear implant which deconstructs sounds as it hears them. Researchers are developing a device which they say could significantly improve the quality of what people hear through the hearing aids. 

In the UK around 1,200 people have cochlear implants – which essentially connect a microphone directly to the brain to recreate hearing – fitted each year. But the current technology 'sounds metallic' and needs a 'significant' amount of brain training to use, according to scientists who claim their device will be better. Around 11million people in the UK – one in six – are deaf or have a hearing loss and about 1,200 are fitted with cochlear implants each year.

Around 11million people in the UK – one in six – are deaf or have a hearing loss and about 1,200 are fitted with cochlear implants each year (stock image of a boy with a cochlear implant) Researchers at the University of Greenwich say they're developing a device which, instead of directly magnifying outside noises, rebuilds it to pick out key parts. 

It records multiple layers of sound in order to create something which sounds 90 to 100 per cent like what a normal ear would hear, they said. This would protect against bits being missed if the technology is overpowered – for example by background noises drowning out speech. 'The signals created by current hearing implants sound very metallic to the user because they only a provide part of the full audio wave to the brain,' said Dr Wim Melis. 

'This prevents a full reconstruction of the original signal. 'We developed a method that breaks down the input signal in its analogue components while introducing multiple versions in storage. 'This means we can reconstruct the signal with very high accuracy, even if part of the system drops out.' Dr Wim Melis (pictured) said: 'Our system could be available commercially within about six years' Dr Wim Melis said: 'Our system could be available commercially within about six years' Current systems cannot distinguish between background noise and the speech people actually want to hear, Dr Melis said, because they amplify everything.  But using technology to separate the different sounds, pick out the most important parts and put them together into something which sounds fine-tuned could overcome this.