Photo: Audiologist holds cochlear implant system in his hands; Copyright: PantherMedia/npudov

Why candidates for cochlear implants rarely get them


Many hearing loss patients are cochlear implant candidates, but few use this technology that could improve their hearing and quality of life. University of Miami and University of Michigan researchers looked into why.
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Photo: Employees at Starbucks Signing Store selling coffee in ASL; Copyright: Joshua Trujillo | Starbucks Stories

Accessibility as the basis of an inclusive shopping experience concept


While some people count shopping among their hobbies, people with disabilities are often not quite as excited about shopping. has researched and listed some easy ways for supermarkets to facilitate a more relaxed and calmer shopping experience for people on the autism spectrum and reveals where you can order coffee drinks in sign language.
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Photo: Mischa Gohlke plays the e-guitar on stage; Copyright: Stephan Olbrich

Music and hearing impairment: "Music is an universal language that doesn’t need words"


Music breaks down boundaries – that’s something the Association "Grenzen sind relativ e.V. - Kultur, Gesellschaft und Inklusion" clearly shows. Initiator and project manager Mischa Gohlke is a professional musician, who has been hearing impaired and nearly deaf since birth. He wants our society to get excited about a holistic approach to inclusion with the help of music.
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Photo: Birgit Nofftz using a mask for speech recognition

"Speech-to-text interpreters assist in equal access communication"


There is an alternative for hearing impaired or deaf persons, who are not able to or don’t want to communicate with the help of sign language: so-called speech-to-text interpreters reproduce spoken words into a text format onto paper, computer monitors or screens. inquired with the German Association of Speech-to-Text Interpreters and gained some insight into this profession.
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