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Hearing Loss Awareness in the Amazon Rainforest

Hearing loss isn’t just a physical disability. It can also cause extreme anxiety, depression, isolation and low self-esteem in those affected.

“With kids of mixed hearing abilities on this trip, we want to make them aware of hearing challenges and train the next generation to be hearing loss advocates and make a better world by helping people to understand what these people face every day,” Barkeley says. “I met with these kids in Colorado already and they have a lot of pain, but they aren’t bitter about it. They want to make the world a better place.”

“I have very little experience on the topic of hearing loss. That is why I know it will affect me very strongly and make me more aware of the topic,” says Olivia Johnson, 18. “I hope to gain some major leadership skills, experience the rainforest, change and challenge my perception of the hearing disabled. And to learn some new and amazing things that really affect my decisions down the road in a positive way.”

And rounding out the expedition is me, Tonic reporter Jo Piazza. My father began experiencing hearing loss due to muscular dystrophy about five years ago and now he hears with a cochlear implant. He calls it his “cyber ear.” I have watched as he has adjusted to his new disability and I know that my experience in the Amazon will help me to be a more sympathetic listener for him. Throughout the nine day trip, I will be sending dispatches from the jungle and watching and chronicling as these students have the experience of a lifetime.

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9:38PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Today hearing loss has widely increased in our society not only in aged people but also in teens. Hearing loss can cause so many health diseases also like depression and low blood pressure. The condition of hard of hearing people is worst in the society. No one want to join them in their normal conversations. Our society need an awareness for these hard of hearing people.

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2:53AM PST on Feb 28, 2011

I like ur article and it really gives an outstanding idea that is very helpful for all the
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4:29AM PDT on Jul 28, 2010

I suddenly lost hearing in my left ear in the last 18mths, all tests cannot detect why, no illness caused it, nor has it been brought on by my previous occupation prior to having my two children etc.
I'm 35.
My hearing aid is brilliant, and it's funny how some in society react to you due to wearing an aid...I think it's laughable actually, as it's like someone having to wear glasses, you need it, it helps...no biggy! :)

6:25PM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

I suffer from moderate hearing loss and tinnitus. It has gone on for many years now. Even hearing aids only shift the audio range around, attempting to overcome tinnitus. It sure takes the fun out of the day.

10:02AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

good article

5:03PM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

I am losing my hearing too. Thanks for the info.

3:28PM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

Thanks

3:16PM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

Thank you....such a good cause.

2:05PM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

I have a young grandson who is in a band, deafening, and I mean literally, music. He does not even wear ear plugs. He will experience hearing loss, I am sure. The young just do not think sometimes. My father is still alive and worked on the railroad. Now there is ear protection. Then, there wasn't. Who knew? Now my dad can barely hear. We sometimes don't learn lessons put right in front of us. My grandson knows about his great-grandfather, but it does not seem to compute for him. Too bad. Thanks for the article.

10:25AM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

Hearing loss in our society is as easy as to get cancer is when you smoke.There is just too much loud noise by far We are in our mid 50s and find that the younger people have no idea what they inflict on others with their blaring stereo. We go do concerts on a regular basis and shows but there the music is always too loud. We use wax earplugs to prevent damage and they don't really affect our enjoyment, and it is certainly better than having deafness and a thumping headache afterward.

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