5 Little Ducks ASL Video

This is a nice video I like to use with young students learning ASL and the sight/spelling word 'quack'. It is fun, simple, and repetitive. Video is by Barb Wifi on YouTube.


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Link to video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM5lnD6kgmU

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Great Website for Parents and DHH Teachers

Success for Kids With Hearing Loss website is full of resources and information for professionals and parents of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

I highly recommend it.

When you get the chance, check it out: http://successforkidswithhearingloss.com/ 

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Not Everyone Uses Hearing Aids

      As you can imagine, I come across several issues working with various deaf and hard of hearing students attending public school (PK - 12). Some are laughable and silly and some are downright serious. It is never a dull moment with my job.

      One of the issues I often encounter is when a student refuses to wear or use hearing aids. Whether it is a high school school student or a very young student, for whatever reason, they do not want to use hearing devices that are provided to them.
 
      As much as I would like them to use their hearing devices while at school, I can't force them. This can be hard for some teachers and staff to understand. 

      I have had students shutdown after being told several times to wear their hearing aids by well meaning teachers. I talk with the teachers and try to explain that it is not worth having the student shutdown and refuse to communicate. I usually joke, "What are we going to do duct tape them to their ears?" I tell them that we will have to wait until they are ready. For the meantime, we will continue to try our best to encourage them and help accommodate for their hearing needs in other ways.

      There could be a number of reasons why they don't want to wear their hearing aids or use their hearing devices. Sometimes it is because the hearing device is not working well for them, too loud, too low, or itchy and uncomfortable. Maybe they simply don't want to be different. Perhaps they don't like how they look. Whatever the reason, they will not wear them until we figure out what the issue is and until they are ready to embrace hearing technology.

      Yes, it can be frustrating. I have some students who could really benefit from using their hearing technology in the classroom. It pains me to see them have to work extra hard and tire themselves even more than they would if they use their hearing aids.

      For the meantime, there are other ways we can help deaf and hard of hearing students whether they wear hearing aids or not. 

      Plenty of deaf and hard of hearing people don't use hearing technology and we should respect that and not ask them, "Why don't you wear your hearing aids?" It is none of your business.

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Yeah. Okay Here Goes...Back to Blogging...Really

Over a month ago I announced I will start blogging regularly again. It has not happened yet. It takes a while to get back into it I suppose. I have forgotten how much I enjoy blogging. I like learning and hearing from everyone who reads this blog and those who blog/write about their experiences.

I just received an email, well, actually, I just checked my email and saw an email sent to me over a month. He wrote that he was happy to see me back blogging again. I responded of course and apologized for being lazy and uninspired to write.

After sending the email. I felt the need to blog. To write. To get back here. So, thank you, Mark, for that email.

Okay...going to start writing a new post. Really. I am.

Check back soon!

Sincerely,

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Hello Again. It's (e! Been a Long Time!

Hello there!

It has been a while since I posted anything on this blog. I have been busy. Plenty of interesting events occurred and I learned a good amount. I am eager to share more information surrounding deaf and hard of hearing issues and education.

I still work as a hard of hearing itinerant teacher in Georgia. I continue to try my best to meet the needs of various deaf and hard of hearing students attending public schools (Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade).

I plan to get back into writing more for this blog.

Before my next posts, I want to mention some changes.

- I no longer have an 'Eh? What? Huh?' FaceBook Page

- My posts will not have the option of leaving comments

- I will change my email/contact information. But for now you can continue to reach me at  ehwhathuh@yahoo.com

Feel free to email me with questions or comments.

See you later,

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I Tried Closed-Caption Glasses at the Movies

It has been a very long time since I have seen a movie at the movie theater. It is very expensive and many movie theaters do not offer open captioned films for all movies and at times I want to see the movie. I want to enjoy myself at the movies. Being able to follow the dialogue in the movie is very important. It is not fun to try to understand what was said or to miss a funny joke told by the soft spoken actress.  If someone really wants me to go out with them to see a movie, I will use whatever the movie theater has. But, I have not been absolutely thrilled with the listening devices or the rear view captioning devices most movie theaters offer.

That being said, I have not been interested in venturing out to the movies on my free time.

But then I kept hearing about Sony's new captioning glasses or Entertainment Access Glasses. I heard mostly positive reviews.

You can read more about these glasses here:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsccms/assets/files/mkt/digicinema/brochures/EntAccessGlasses-DI-0272_2.pdf

If you want to see how them in action, look at this YouTube video provided by OfficeRegalMovies:



When I was recently asked to go see a movie at the theater, I jumped at the chance, eager to try the new glasses.

First, I had to make sure the theater carried them. I used the website, CaptionFish, to see which movie theaters offered these glasses.

When I was first handed the glasses in the lobby at the service desk, I laughed at how silly they looked. They are big! But, I did not care. I just wanted them to work.


I was astonished at how well they worked for me!! I love them. I really like how I can move around the captions or words on the screen. If I want the captions to be beside the speaker's head, all I had to do was press the button on the top of the glasses until the captions are moved to the right of the speaker's head.

The glasses were comfortable. They did not distract me or interrupt my viewing experience. I eventually forgot that I was wearing them.

These glasses enabled me to follow the movie without any problems. I knew exactly what the actors said. I was never lost or trying to catch up.

Thank you Sony and Regal Cinemas!

Those who have tried them, what do you think?

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