DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 31, 2017


— a laser pointer and a deaf person

David Uzzell is a deaf chef in a busy Washington, DC
restaurant. He is responsible for sauces that diners
eat with stews, hot hors d’oevres and sautes. Every
day the owner/chef writes down list of things to do.
And the deaf chef is used to the staff poking him
on the shoulder to get his attention. Laser pointer?
Yes, as another way to get his attention from far
across the kitchen. A picture is at:



— comment by owner of a salon

A woman who owns a beauty salon made this
comment about Deaf Eyes:

the deaf have an eye to capture the beauty in people


— possiblity of no more free internet due to ADA laws

Surfing the internet is free; anti-ADA advocate said
that too many ADA discrimination lawsuits may cause
future internet use to cost money, instead of being free.
As an example, University of California shut down
all of its free videos rather than to put in
captions. What this may mean is the future possibility
of paying to watch these formerly free videos
(to offset costs of putting in captions).


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf-owned internet service provider

8/27/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 30, 2017


— these hated questions

With good humor, a deaf woman posted a video
saying she is used to questions hearing
people ask of her –

Can you marry and have children?

Can you read and write?

Can you date hearing men?

Can you drive a car?

Do you use wheelchair?

Can I yell behind you to see if you can hear me?

Can you read my lips?

Do deaf people use same sign language everywhere?


A picture is at:



— says a hearing boss of his several deaf employees

A hearing boss said:

I often miss details, or forget some things
at work, but my deaf employees don’t. They
catch things that hearing employees miss!


— a horrible thing in Russia

In St. Petersburg, Russia, several government
agents entered a local deaf club, arrested
nearly 40 deaf people. Some of them were
sentenced to death while others were sent
to prison labor camps. It took place in
August 1937 while dictator Josef Stalin
controlled Russia. And during the court
trials, interpreters were forced to lie.
Some of the deaf were scientists, artists,
athletes and teachers. It didn’t matter
to Stalin.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Japanese contradiction

8/27/17 Blue and Gold editions at:




DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 29, 2017


— unusual coffee shop owned by a coffee-hating deaf man

Mats Gilbert, who is deaf, is a professional rugby
player in Great Britain. Like many professional
athletes, he worries about his future once his
playing career ends. Mats, who hates coffee,
thought of a coffee shop business and in fact
has established it in an unusual location.
Take a look at it:



— must be 30 or higher or else

In Vancouver, Washington, an agency has worked with
Regal Cinema Movie to provide open captions once
a month. But because deaf attendance at the open
captioned movie has been low, the movie house
has changed the arrangement to once every two
months, instead of once a month. It has come
with a warning – that attendance must exceed
30 or more deaf movie goers, otherwise open
captions will not be shown!


— lipreading machine may be dangerous

From time to time we read stories of machines
(actually software) that can read lips,
supposedly to help the deaf. Well, a magazine
article said it could be dangerous! If the
lipreading software is “perfect” then
governments, as well as criminals, could use
it to read lips of hearing enemies. A
question here – many hearing people speak with
lisps; could these lisps be lipreadable?



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf physician, frustrated

8/27/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 28, 2017


— a lonely deaf lawmaker

Mojo Mathers, who is deaf, is an elected member of
the New Zealand parliament. She relies on interpreters
and captions to function as a lawmaker. In an
interview, she said that not only the job is stressful
but also lonely. As an example, women of different
political parties can get together to try to resolve
a legislative issue. She cannot – and for some reason
New Zealand is not that 100 percent accessible to the
deaf. A picture is at:



— five strikes, not three strikes, and you’re out

In baseball and softball, three strikes at bat and
you’re out. Well, at Walmart, the policy is five
strikes before the employee, especially the
deaf and the disabled (as well as hearing) can
be fired. A Walmart workplace violation is counted
as a strike. Said a disabled employee, the
pressure to do well at Walmart can be overwhelming!
It would be unfair for deaf employees that have
communication problems with their supervisors.


— 7.5 million deaf, fact or fiction

A survey by a religious organization said there are
7.5 million culturally deaf Americans. Fact or




— Eva is the first affordable hearing aid designed only for women

Eva is the first affordable hearing aid designed only for women to
address women’sanatomical and physiological characteristics,
lifestyle preferences, and aesthetic sensibility. Women generally
have smaller ears, making hearing aids designed for men feel bulky
and uncomfortable to wear. Eva is highly miniaturized for
inconspicuous wear behind a woman’s ear and offered with smaller ear
accessories to fit more comfortably inside the ear in closer
proximity to the eardrum for an exceptional hearing experience. The
low-profile design fits securely around and in the ear to maintain a
secure fit for an active lifestyle including working, exercise and
even swimming. Eva is offered in a slim, compact design with an
assortment of feminine color options, including grey and red.

Eva’s sound processing is tailored for women’s hearing loss
patterns multiple sound profiles for treatment of common hearing
loss patterns of women are included for superb out of the box
experience. Sounds above 85 dB are suppressed for a comfortable
listening experience in loud settings, along with independent
suppression of low level noises for a more comfortable long term
listening experience. Eva also automatically adjusts to enhance the
characteristics of male and female speech in challenging listening
situations such as noisy restaurants and social gatherings.

Furthermore, In addition to the EVA launch, there is a lot of
activity around the OTC Hearing Aid Act of 2017 which just passed the
house and will likely pass in congress end of July and iHEAR has been
in the forefront of this bill as they were the first company to make
affordable hearing aids under $300.

Eva’s picture is at:

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