Sunday, November 22, 2015

Douglas My Hearing Dog Is Doing Well

Douglas my hearing dog is doing just fine.  He still goes to work with me everyday and wears his orange vest there.  When my alarm clock goes off in the morning he wakes me up on time.  Being deaf is not easy and having this dog in my life sure helps. 

He loves to sleep on blankets or on pillows.  So I make sure I have plenty of those out for him.   I received him from the International Hearing Dog Inc. about two years ago.   A trainer from I.H.D.I. flew Douglas out here to N.Y. on a plane.  Then he helped teach me how to train him.

We worked on having the dog notify me of a number of sounds in my home.  And that went well.  Whenever I go shopping he goes in the stores with me.  Anyway I have to get back to the kitchen and finish cooking my dinner.  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Importance Of Singing To A Deaf Baby

It is needless to say about the importance of singing and talking to a baby. A little fellow cannot talk as of yet to be able to respond.  But just like “responding” to the facial expressions of parents, give a smile back or laugh at parents making funny faces, they are able to determine singing as another way of “talk”, conveying peace, warmness, positiveness, niceness. This is a therapy of sorts. This is why it is easy to put babies to sleep by singing them a song together with rocking and distracting with toys.
It is impossible to teach a baby sign language due to its tender age but while singing to a baby, we convey positive emotions; then again, we smile and/or make funny faces.  In addition, you do not stand still but accompany your singing with gestures entertaining the baby. It does not mean that parents should give up on sign language so far and wait until their baby grows older. Parents should keep going and teach their deaf baby just like a baby with hearing.
There is a hypothesis, that singing is the first lesson of language you give to your child. It will be too much to put headphones on a baby. It may cause damage to the ear membrane. Singing is the best way to introduce your baby to the music. When singing you regulate the volume of your voice.  And you will sing good melodies only.  So that will have a good effect and give positive vibes only on your baby. Moreover, it does not matter if you think you have no voice. Your baby will definitely like it because you are the closest person.
Start singing when you carry your baby in your tummy. Speaking of which, this is probably why they say that babies love the voice of a mother first. This is the first thing they recognize. When they do not hear, they feel it on the unconscious level. Of course, you could record the music for your baby you could sing instead but keep in mind that there is no recorder able to show emotions while playing like your face would.
 It is an interaction, which you share with your baby. Therefore, do not put it on a technical device “shoulders”. Just make sure you sit or stand somewhere in front of your baby just so it could see you, observe your mimic and gestures and both of you will benefit from it enjoying your moments together. They are priceless no matter what.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Deaf Lady Gets No Assistance On Plane For 40 Years

Just recently I flew home on Delta Airlines from Detroit on Christmas. Before I left I had notified the airlines that I was deaf. But once I boarded the plane it was all forgotten. Again I didn't understand a word being said on the microphone. This time I called the flight attendant over and we had a talk. I told her that I didn't understand a word she said during the safety demonstration. She said just follow the book.

Well I told her that is not the only issue. There were a lot of announcements being made over the microphone. And not all of them was about the safety demonstration. And I explained to her that deaf people have a rights to know every word that was said on the plane. We shouldn't be left out and ignored when announcements are being made.

She apologized about what I was going through. Though she didn't have to do that. I explained to her if they would close caption every announcement for the deaf passengers it would be more fair. Or they could have an interpreter on the plane when there's a deaf passenger. I have never been offered either option in forty years.

You can read the rest of what happened on the plane at:
Again No Deaf Services On Plane

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Douglas Goes With Me On Vacation

Good afternoon everyone. My summer has been going great. Just recently I took my hearing dog Douglas to Ohio with me. We went out to eat at some restaurants and he came with us. While he was there, he was quiet and behaved pretty good. He never barked in the restaurants. Now he responds automatically to the doorbell, phone, alarm clock and smoke alarm. When I’m not wearing my hearing aids I can’t hear a thing. So it is very helpful that he is here to notify me of those sounds.

You can read more about Douglas at:

The Crate

Bubbling Away From Home

Their Big Dog Came Charging At Us

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

More Articles About My Hearing Dog

As you know I haven't been here for a while. Things are going well, and I have been very busy. Of course I continued to write more about life with my hearing dog. So far things are going well, and he's a great dog to have. Douglas is very sweet and lovable. right now I'm still in the second month of training him. So far he is doing well at notifying me of some sounds I can't hear at home. You can learn more about him in my articles below.

Not Going Unless He Goes

Hearing Dogs: It's The Security Guard Again

Driving Him Around Everyday

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Hearing Dog Just Arrived

I was accepted to get a hearing dog from the International Hearing Dog Inc.a while ago. Finally the trainer, Robert Cooley from there flew Douglas down from Colorado. He is in town for a few days to teach me how to train the dog. Today we worked on training Douglas to alert me to the sounds of the doorbell ringing, knocking and a smoke detector beeping. This dog is very sweet and lovable. I am very excited to finally have a hearing dog in my life. It hasn't been easier being deaf. He will help to make my life better.

You can read all about this at:

Douglas Is Here With Me Now
Second Day Of Training Douglas

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Going To Meet Douglas

I had signed up for a hearing dog through the International Hearing Dog Inc. Since I can't hear things with my hearing aids off, it would help to notify me of things that make noises. It's a big help when I am home alone. If the smoke alarm goes off, phone rings, doorbell rings, and so on, the dog will notify me of those sounds. After I filled out the applications, I was approved to get a dog. The agency put me on a waiting list.

Last week, I received a picture of a dog they thought would be good for me. He looked absolutely adorable. And of course, I told them that's the dog I want. The hearing dog agency sent me a list of things I have to get before the dog arrives. So now I looking forward to meeting Douglas. I can't wait. It will be a big change to have a hearing dog in my life.

You can read more about this at: Can't Wait To See Douglas

Saturday, February 8, 2014

ASL Group At Spot Coffee In February

Tonight was the second time I attended the ASL group at Spot Coffee. This time I was looking forward to going. I have only been there once before, as I just learned about it on facebook. It is for people that know how to speak in sign language or that want to learn more of it. It doesn't matter if you are deaf or hearing.

The only deaf people that was there this time was the other two guys and me. Hopefully more deaf people will show up in the next few weeks at this event. It's a good thing a lot of hearing people want to learn sign language. It impresses me they care to know how to communicate with those that can't hear. I enjoyed meeting new people tonight and I am going back on February 22nd. The group is meeting every two weeks for now at the coffee shop at 7pm.

My sign language skills are improving. Long time ago I knew how to sign very well. That's because I went to N.T.I.D. in the past. Over the years I have forgotten how to speak fluently in sign language. Now it's all coming back to me and I'm catching up. Sooner or later I'll remember how to sign most of the words that I have forgotten. This is a good social even to go to.

ASL Buffalo Social Group Event
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