Some of the Causes of Tinnitus

The tinnitus could possibly be constant or it might be intermittent. Due to the fact that it is caused by hundreds of different factors, it can be difficult to treat. Practically everyone has experienced tinnitus that’s thought to impact all ages.

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There are a number of causes of tinnitus. It is commonly known as a ringing in the ears. It is not a disorder on its own, rather it is caused due to several other problems and the combination of all those is together gives rise to tinnitus symptoms. It is regarded that tinnitus isn’t a disease but an early symptom for assorted wide ranges of issues. Tinnitus isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom rather. As it can occur in a person in any phase of his life, it is necessary to take precautionary measures. According to Otolaryngologists or ENT, Pulsatile Tinnitus is normally brought on by irregularities of blood circulation in somebody’s arteries found in the neck or head, abnormalities in brain structure and at times it is brought on by brain tumor.

There are in fact two different sorts of Tinnitus. It’s believed there are two different kinds of Tinnitus. From time to time, because of excessive wax in our ears, tinnitus will probably occur. That is why single ear tinnitus ought to be investigated immediately.

You should understand by now that having the ability to pinpoint the origin of tinnitus is essential to be able to supply the appropriate tinnitus treatment bring positive outcomes. Tinnitus takes place when something is wrong within the body.  For sufferers often external noise is a relief, which is a distraction many sufferers are avid music and movie watchers for this reason.  The relief resulting from a good movie or song can be immeasurable for some sufferers, so it’s useful to use such services like Netflix which supply distraction on demand.  For users unable to access these due to their location, it’s worth investing in a VPN to help – you should read this article on Netflix blocking VPNs first though!

Pulsating tinnitus isn’t common. however, it can be effectively treated.  Although it often fundamentally  results from some sort of neural activity different from someone’s heart beat. So sometimes, tinnitus functions as an alarm allowing you to know that something isn’t right with your entire body. Pulsatile Tinnitus can impact all parts of your existence, particularly if you develop anxiety related troubles.

When the cause was pinpointed, the treatment can begin. Treatments are advised in accordance with the causes identified. There’s absolutely no particular treatment for it, but there are specific home treatments for tinnitus which could ameliorate the status. Each treatment was made to work depending on the causes of your tinnitus. Treatments for curing tinnitus entirely be based on the basis for tinnitus condition.

For most patients afflicted by Tinnitus unfortunately there very often isn’t a cure. What works for a single sort of tinnitus, won’t do the job for a different type! It’s an acknowledged actuality that tinnitus may be caused by certain medicines (for instance, vast amounts of aspirin.) Deciding what tinnitus treatment to utilize for your ear ringing actually is a struggle.

John Williams

Author of UK Proxy Online, Weber Press, 2015

How Technology has Helped the Deaf

There’s no doubt that technology has improved the lives of deaf people but what exactly are those advancements?  If we roll back only a few years, deaf people had little choice but using the postal system if they wanted to communicate which obviously was hardly easy.  SMS might seem quite a simple technology but it has transformed the lives of many deaf people.  It’s sometimes easy to forget how dependant we are on using phones to communicate at least twenty years ago, but the deaf were pretty much excluded from using these devices as most can’t hear voices on phone lines.

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The SMS followed the invention of things like the textphone which allowed people with hearing problems to type to one another with words appearing directly on the screens.  Many deaf people also invested in expensive Fax machines as another way to communicate.

Nowadays there are loads of options that technology has made available for deaf people to communicate more easily.  Social networks like Facebook are especially popular for deaf people were there is no disadvantage in communicating without being able to hear.  Even people in restrictive societies where internet access is often filtered can use something like a British VPN to use the internet freely.

The other major development is being able to use video on most network enabled devices so that deaf people can use lip reading or sign language across the internet.

There are other significant improvements for deaf people in the improvements in hearing aids and cochlear implants.  These are now much more effective and can be integrated with other devices like smart phones or music players via Bluetooth.

New innovations are appearing all the time, using video is now pretty much mainstream and has certainly helped the deaf in more formal situations like meetings.  There are now devices and software which can translate automatically between sign language and English.  Projects have often focussed on the popular BSL (British Sign Language).

There are many deaf resources also available on the internet, for example check out the great deaf magazine from the BBC called See Hear.  All these resources have certainly improved the lives of deaf people all over the world but particular for those in developed countries where deaf people have easier access to these technological aids.

For further information on how to access the BBCs resource for deaf people outside the United Kingdom using a proxy server – please see this site.

 

Being deaf – no reason not to have fun

Having only a slightly reduced hearing, I sometimes have a hard time to understand what my deaf friends are going through. I don’t have a problem sitting a bar in town, enjoying the music, even though I ofte thing it’s being played at to low a volume. But many of my friends, don’t really like that, even through they can’t hear the music, the powerful bass is quite annoying and many of them feel a bit out of place in those places, which of course is quite understandable. It’s also embarrassing for many to be asked to dance and having to refuse it, just because you really can’t hear the music. But just because you are deaf, doesn’t mean that you cant have fun.

For instance, next month here in Aalborg is a thing called Fastelavn, where people dress up in fastelavnskostumer or other types of kostumer, and goes out and parties with others. It’s one of the few parties where music isn’t in the center and it’s more about being with your family and friends, and having a good time, rather than just getting drunk and having a blast of a party. Because of this, most of my friends actually love fastelavn quite a bit, they get to dress up in a costume, which also tends to protect them a little, since putting on a costume, is ofte like choosing a new personality, and for some it’s a good way of hiding any hearing aids. The fastelavnsfest I will be attending next month is in a skurvogn, which is a special designed container, or rather a bunch of container units from DC Supply, put together so that they form a big hall, with lights and more than enough room to play hit the barrel, or beat the cat out of the barrel as it’s also called. In the old days, they actually put a live cat in a ball and then took turns hitting the barrel with a bat. Today the ball is fulled with candy instead, much like the Mexican tradition Piñatas. The main difference is that here, both the kids and the adults are dressed out in a special costume called fastelavnskostume, which can be obtained from most shops selling billige kostumer or similar costumes. This tradition is several hundred years old, and something that people still love to take part in.

There are many other ways of having fun, without going to a party or getting drunk with your friends.. Personally I prefer activities that involves putting on a costume and becomming someone else. But many of my friends enjoy sports, of course not all sports are equally easy to play when you are unable to hear anything, especially many team sports can be quite challenging. This doesn’t mean that it’s not possible, as my good friend Philip have proved. He is actually one of the best soccer players I know, and the best scorring player on his team. Of course his hearing problem is often giving him problems, and will probably be the one thing that will prevent him from going pro, but he is still having a great time when playing, and being able to show people, that even while you can’t hear a thing, you can still beat the other guys in sport. He is an inspiration to many.

Being deaf in todays society

billige vinduer - valg af vindue til dit hjemA question I often hear these days is, is it harder to be deaf in todays society compared to what it was like 10-15 years ago? According to John Vinduer, It’s not a simple question to answer, if you ask they older generation a lot of them would say yes. With the huge amount of new technology we constantly get, it can be a little hard to learn all of this without someone to explain it. If you ask the younger people they are having an easier time. The reason is also due to new technology, and that a lot of today’s communication has moved to the social medias like twitter and facebook. The young people of today actually communicate a lot less with spoken words and a lot more with written text. John Vinduer from DTV Transtion and Brænde did a large poll amount 200 people with hearing problems, and it turned out that for a lot of deaf people it made it lot easier to feel like a part of the group. While it may be difficult for them to take part in a discussion on the street, they can take part in one on facebook on the same terms as anyone else. Because of this a lot of deaf people are using the social medias with a huge joy. Being able to take part in something on exactly the same terms as everybody else is a big blessing.

Another of the benefits with new technology is for the huge group of hearing impaired people. Due to new progress in technology things such as mobile phones and computers, have become a lot easier to use. But the big improvement is in hearing aids, they have over the last 10 years become much smaller, but also a lot more effective. New types has even made it possible for people who couldn’t use a normal hearing aid to be able to get some of their hearings back. One example of this is the cochlear implant. A cochlear implant is a new type of hearing aid, a complex piece of electronic that can help a deaf person, by providing a sense of sound. It’s still a long way from a useful solution, but it can for many improve their lives quite a bit. With futher development in this area, we can expect even bigger progress over the next few years.

New types of surgery have also been developped that can help improve hearing for a lot of people. But nothing really exciting are being researched at the moment in thi area. But as we gain a better understanding of the human mind and body, get better access to nano technology, it’s not unlikely that in 5-10 years we will begin to see some huge improvements in this field of work too. So if you are young and may have been told that there are nothing the doctors can about your hearing problem at the moment. There is a good chance that this will change sometime in the futher. You have a hope that the generations before you never had. It sure will be interesting to see how all of this turns out, and if all the money we are constantly putting into search finally begins to pay of.

Source
dtvtransition.org
Web: http://www.dtvtransition.org/

Innovative New Hearing Program Launched

Cathy Zimmerman uses various technology — low and high — to counter her hearing loss.

She uses sign language and has hearing aids and a captioned phone.

“I lost my hearing in my own teens. I did not understand it, because it was slow.”

She’d what’s called sensoneural hearing loss, due to injury to the inner ear.

“I can hear you, and I am reading your lips,” she told a visitor.

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Zimmerman learned American Sign Language about 20 years past but had no one else to communicate with.  Evolving standard practice is required by vocabulary, she said.

Extending one somewhat cupped hand before her face, she illustrated the “selfie” signal.

An organization of “Saturday Signers” consistently meets in the society’s Samaritan’s Well building, next to the St. Vincent de Paul shop, to keep up their abilities.

“We get anywhere from five individuals to a dozen. We are all at different degrees,” Zimmerman said.

“We had a meet and greet in Perryopolis in December for anyone who signed. We got two individuals from DuBois. They needed the social interaction,” she said.

In 2003, when she was 60, Zimmerman began school, earning a bachelor’s degree in family studies and human development .

“I never went to school because I could not hear,” she said.

As a part time job instructor for Transitional Employment Consultants, she accompanies new workers with other impairments or hearing loss as they learn their occupations. Signing the word “thought” — a pinky flick off her brow — she came up with Hear Fayette.

“I understood how isolating (hearing loss) is.

“Cathy not only saw a demand, she developed a treatment for the demand.”

Hear Fayette offers sign language classes two times annually and contains a 725-subscriber list because of its bimonthly newsletters. St. Vincent de Paul worker Jeff Martz, who’s deaf and mute, instructs from the American Sign Language University program.

“Jeff uses lots of pantomime. I do believe he is a natural-born performer,” Zimmerman said.

Contributions are taken, although there’s absolutely no charge for the lessons. Hear Fayette volunteers distribute literature and supply loudspeakers and service referrals.

It is a volunteer centre for Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology Lending Library, Telecommunications Device Distribution Plan and Assistive Technology.

In addition, it helps with programs for free or low cost hearing aids and telephones.

“It is among the most effective things that ever occurred to me.

Across a tiny display, text scrolls through the telephone ‘s voice recognition technology.

“Occasionally you acquire some funny things. …

The plan has worked with police departments, teaching them the signal for “mistreatment,” so they can comprehend a deaf casualty. It is hoped that many other technologies which can help deaf people will have a focus within these new support centres. Many technologies can help deaf people in all sorts of circumstances, even using a simple VPN program like illustrated here, can allow deaf people to access programming with proper captioning that may only be available in certain countries.

“We want to do as much as we are able to in order to get the term out that we’re here for folks, as well as for others to value the hard of hearing. … I simply wished to help other people who have hearing loss find out they’re not by yourself,” Zimmerman said.

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Improving your social life

imagesA lot of hearing impaired people tend to stay to away from public social events and parties. They feel uncomfortable in a crowed, always risking being considered rude if you don’t hear the question from the guy next to you. For many this affects their social life and makes them avoid these kind of events. Some of them should consider giving a costume theme party a try. A thing like the Oktoberfest where all are dressed out in tyroler kostumer, or going to a carneval where every is wearing some kind of dress or costume. Putting on a costume is more or less like putting on a new persona. You are suddenly no longer Deaf John from down the block, but an accepted part of a theme. Me and 3 hearing impaired friends went to the local karneval last year and all of us had a good time. At first i felt a little sorry for my friends, that they were unable to hear the cool music, but they were still able to feed the mood and pick up on the amazing atmosphere there was there. Because of the loud music (which can be annoying to some people who can’t hear), all the other noise around you, and the fact that you are wearing a costume over your head, suddenly gives you a completely valid reason not to hear a question someone may ask. And because of all the dancing and more or less drunk people in the crowd, very few will pay any attention to your sign languages. You are actually a lot more likely to be able to communicate with your friends there, than other people are. A bit part of going to such an event is the costumes. You can ofte find some good cheap costumes online at shops like karnevalsshoppen.dk or similar online webshops. Ofte you can find the kostume much cheaper onlie, and they have a better selection of kostumer there, compared to the local shops. Picking out the right costume is a big part of the fun, something that isn’t any less fun just because you are having a problem hearing. Try for instance dressing out as a blind person, and watch how other people react to you, some will think it’s a great costume, others will wonder if you are actually a blind person, who have just stumpled into the party by a mistake. One my the guys i was at the karneval with, did exactly that, and we all had quite a lauch watching how other people react to her.

Being able to dress out in a costume, really makes quite the difference. It’s kinda like putting on some kind of armor that protects you a little more from the rest of the world, and it makes you part of something larger than yourself. I can really recommend that you give it a try. Spend some time picking out the right costume and find something you will feel comfortable in and fits the theme of the party you are going to.

For inspiration take a look at this private blog here at http://kostumer-udklaedning.weebly.com

Being deaf in the modern world

braendeBeing unable to hear is quite a problem for many. Lucklily there have been more and more focus on this problem over the last 20 year. There have been developed several new things to help make life a little easier, for people having a problem hearing, but it’s often far from enough. One of the things that have made it easier feeling normal with a hearing problem is the use of social media. Way to many people, especially young people, spend hours every day in front of the computer or on their smartphones using twitter, facebook, instagram etc. In this “virtual world”, being deaf, unable to walk, or talk doesn’t really matter. Here you can share texts, images, videos etc. with others and communicate on the same level. For many younger people with hearing problems, this have been a great way to feel like everybody else, and play with others on exactly the same level. The same goes for many types of online gaming such as world of warcraft, brænde, diablo 3, elder scroll online, call of duty etc. here you can play with others, both young and adult. Things such as your age, color, hearing problems doesn’t matter at all. Even competely deaf people can be among the very best players here and play with others on the same level. While it often can be hard to goto town friday evening and meet new people or find your soulmate, this have also become much easier by using some of the online services there. While it can be almost impossible to communicate with a person who don’t know sign language in a bar, it’s much easier in front of the computer. There are a lot of online communities, dating sites, chat sites etc. where you can easily meet new friends and talk to them over the computer. This was for many a big problem just 20 years ago, now with everybody being on the Internet several hours aday, it’s very easy to meet new people and get to known them well without having to even meet them.

New technology have also made it a little easier being deaf. Webcams have made it possible to communicate with others over a distance using sign language. Better and smaller hearing aids have reached the market, increasing the life quality for those who had a limited hearing function. Smartphones also had a huge impact on this. Both as a tool to send text message, but also to communicate through sign language. It has for many come a lot easier having a hearing problem than it was for the generation before us. It will be exciting to see what the future brings and how technology will continue to improve life for those who are having a hearing problem. There are also several Perl developments with focus on this problem, and it will be interesting to see what they come up with.

Source:
Perlcritic.org
Web:http://www.perlcritic.org

How Hearing Aid Works

susanne-schjerningNot all people are born having normal hearing. There are people who are born having hearing deficiency. There are deaf people who are born deaf by birth and some caused for some reasons. Hearing loss can definitely affect your life in many ways. Hearing aid would help you hear well and greatly increase the joys in life. You may originally assume that your condition is something that normally comes along with getting older. Yesterday I was out to buy some Susanne Schjerning sengetøj, but as I didn’t have my hear aid with me, I couldnt quite communicate with the shop clerk and I ended up not buying the Susanne Schjerning sengetøj that day. You need to realize that your condition will definitely affect anyone at any age. Although you have not necessarily had your condition diagnosed, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still live a. active and happy life. Are you aware that your ability to hear is one of the 6 senses that can help you safe? Pay attention and take a look around to how noisy your environment is. When you have not noticed yet, today is society is not exactly quiet. It does not matter wherever you go, it will help you to have ability to hear in order to keep away of dangerous and risky situations. As expected, there are people who are born deaf but there are those who become deaf because of some reasons. But it is actually different thing altogether if you have to learn how to live with moving back ability to hear after being able to hear for how many years.

A lot of people who end up dealing with some degree of losing hearing about their ears tend to withdraw from the world. They are not as carefree or cheerful as they used to be. They are not participating in as lots of social activities as they once were. They also are not comfy utilizing some of the newest electronic devices without aid. Hearing aid does a lot of functions for deaf people. This will help them hear normally. They are able to hear without any problem. Deaf would experience disability to hear normally. This will never give them easiness to communicate. Therefore, hearing aids are invented just to help deaf people. It is designed for deaf to hear normally. It is true that deficiency to hear is not easy. They have to encounter lots of hardship. Kids who have hearing disability would never experience easiness in life especially when they are schooling. It is not easy for them to hear normally in schools.

Wearing a hearing aid is not a bad thing especially if this entirely helps a deaf with equipment such as Sengetøj or Briketter. It is something that you are able to continue living a life your way on your terms. You can recover your ability hear and feel comfort while you live life. You are able to get a second chance at hearing and to learn how to protect your ears correctly from this day. You may take a trip to your hearing center and you can now learn how exactly to care for your unit. You are able to get now the best performance of hearing aid. You need to take care of the unit just to continue the ability of hearing and live life normally.

Source:
dtvtransition.org
Web:www.dtvtransition.org

Deafness as a Disability

Those of us that suffer from a lack of this important sense of hearing often find ourselves included among people with disabilities and are often excluded from many activities because of it. Yet there are so many things that we are still quite capable of doing that does not require the need to be able to hear.

It seems as if there are still so many social and peer obstacles that need to be surmounted in order that the many disability views that still exist can be disassembled. This is an important aspect of life that can be taken into consideration by those not afflicted with this particular physical handicap so that we can join in with others in enjoying life to the full.

As an example, in sports today there are many participants that have certain physical limitations that they have overcome in a quite public fashion by way of the immense popularity of the modern Paralympics. To such an extent has this aspect of sports been raised in the public eye that the media and the advertising machine that drives it are fully behind it.

Of course there are also some aspects of life that will by definition naturally exclude us from participating in simply because they are wholly aural in nature. Probably the most obvious examples of this is music, since it cannot be translated into a visual entity that would enable the hearing challenged to appreciate it as it really is.

If that concept is difficult to grasp, consider how impossible it would be to describe the colour blue to a person blind from birth that has never experienced the sense of sight. There would just be no way to enable such a person to use any of their remaining senses to decipher and comprehend what colour is.

It is the same with deafness when there is no point of reference or experience to draw from that would allow the person to comprehend sound, especially musical sound. Of course many people that suffer total deafness are able to sense the physical aspect of music, such as a drum beat or the sound waves of low notes such as from a bass guitar or an amplified bassoon or cello.

However, there are many more ways in which a person without the sense of hearing can participate in certain aspects of life that have traditionally excluded them. It is not necessary to be able to hear to be able to engage in most sports, to work at most jobs, to enjoy most types of vacation or to simply be accepted as an equal in social situations.

Reference: National Institute on Deafness

Yet Another Supposed Tinnitus Cure

For people who are not aware, tinnitus is a hearing ailment that may for some lead to a constant ringing in the ears. Up until a few years ago, tinnitus was something that individuals thought they would just need to learn to live with. And together with tens of millions of people suffering from this it really is an issue. Which is precisely why we decided to take a closer look at the “Tinnitus Miracle”. According to the developer of this program people can begin getting relief of their tinnitus within the very first week.

The fact that this particular system will not rely upon surgery or drugs will make it a very good option. This system examines the causes of tinnitus and then utilizing a 5 step system attacks the causes until you are living tinnitus free. On of my favorite things relating to this approach is that this program is a holistic treatment, which means I don’t have to worry about any adverse reactions from harmful drugs.

They get started by claiming that you can get dramatic relief within 7 days and be entirely cured within 2 months. While these may seem like bold claims, there web site is loaded with success stories of men and women who used to be afflicted by tinnitus and are now cured.

This system took Thomas Coleman over 14 years to ultimately find the way to treat tinnitus with out using drugs or surgery. 45,000 hours of research went in to this system and if you actually do the math that is over 5 years of research working 24 hours every day. One of the main reasons Thomas decided to go in to this field is because he himself endured from tinnitus the vast majority of his life.

At this stage after the doctors were not able to help him, he decided to seek out the cure himself. He uncovered his help with holistic healing. As he makes clear, you can not simply attack one source of the problem, you need to attack tinnitus on all fronts. Once he learned everything he could regarding what worked and what did not he created his 5 step program which has at present helped thousands of people start living a tinnitus free life. And from that point on this 5 step technique was known as the “Tinnitus Miracle”.

In his program you will discover what the 5 steps are to treating your tinnitus. You will furthermore find out that there are 8 foods that you can eat that he defines as anti-tinnitus foods. While there are effective foods there are also foods that can damage your fight against tinnitus and Thomas will reveal these foods to you as well.

If you or someone you know suffers from tinnitus, this is one course you really should take a look at. You will not only learn how to cure your tinnitus, but you will additionally find out what brings about tinnitus to begin with. Believe it or not there are actually multiple causes for tinnitus, not simply one. You likewise need to remember that nearly all of the drugs on the market deal with the symptoms of tinnitus, not the underlying cause.

To conclude, this 5 step system is actually a program that can certainly help you remove your tinnitus forever and it has been verified to work time and time again.. And this program is recommended at an introductory price of $39, and I believe that is a small price to spend to cure your tinnitus.

Thomas Belvedere

Sources : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzwP5Y2tyms

Reference Using VPNS – http://www.changeipaddress.net/what-is-a-vpn/

 

Deaf Sky Customers Win Cancellation Battle

We’ve all been there, that service or subscription that we need to cancel yet the firm makes it as difficult to cancel.  It’s something I’ve just experienced and I can confirm it’s a bit of an ordeal, my attempt to cancel my Sky subscription (a Satellite TV service like cable) was successful but very hard work.  You start with an initial phone call which gets passed to a ‘special department’ where you’re quizzed and tempted with bonuses to reconsider, you can of course cancel – Sky is billion dollar multinational after all – but it’s tough.

Consider now, trying  this if you’re hard of hearing, my mother for example can just about manage very basic phone calls but not much else.  Trying to fathom her way through different electronic options and then trying to hold long phone calls with persuasive call center staff is extremely difficult.  Which is where the problem lies with Sky, the phone call was previously the only acceptable way to cancel a contract.  No quick email, no ordinary letter or fax – the only option was to run the gauntlet of departments designed to change your mind – clearly an unacceptable situation for the hard of hearing, and impossible for those who are completely deaf.

In the light of some very strong criticism and a decent media campaign by a couple of newspapers the company has relented and changed it’s requirements.  Now the approximately 15% of the population who have some hearing difficulties will not have to use the telephone to cancel their contracts.  They will be able to use email and ‘textphone’ to stop their subscriptions and cancel the service.  They have ruled out written letters for security reasons, which we find rather baffling as it’s ultimately at least as secure as email but a success never the less.

The company have upgraded their accessibility pages, in light of this criticism so they’re worth a look for the disabled and hering impaired – accessibility.sky.com.  There is talk of a video relay service which could be used by sky customers to use sign language to communicate with specially trained staff.  Although I’m not so show this is something that would be that appreciated, after all if you want to cancel you want to do it quickly and easily.

Many of  the bigger media companies seem to think it’s an acceptable way to keep customers, simply making it as difficult as possible to cancel their contracts.  The reality is that there’s huge competition especially online where anyone can with the right tools watch just about any media programme they like if they know where to look.  Imagine watching all UK terrestrial channels anywhere including the USA – iPlayer USA.

For the deaf community, technology generally makes life much easier for them. Simply being able to communicate online via text or email to order goods, manage accounts and other administrative tasks is much more straight forward.  Indeed with the rights skills and a few tools like good VPN software and a fast internet connection there’s not many aspects of life that can be controlled in this way.  So to be fair to Sky they have backed down and helped all those hearing impaired people who just can’t use a telephone easily.

 

Phoenix Priest Invents the Computer Based Confession

It might not seem a priority for many deaf people, but for some Catholics it’s an important part of life – the confession.  It could be difficult for many deaf people who have problems communicating and obviously using an interpreter is perhaps not always appropriate for a confession.

Well a retired priest called Reverend Romuald Zantua, DS based in Phoenix Arizona has now come up with a potential solution, which could possibly help thousands of deaf people across the world.  He has utilized technology to produce a computer based confession system that anyone can use.

It uses two connected computers complete with ASL instructions and videos (ASL is American Sign Language), those priests who can’t sign will be able to use the chat function to communicate with their parishioner.

The software running on both machines thus allows communication in a variety of forms, the sequence on the computer follows prescribed church practice for the confession.  Without this method you’d probably have to resort to pen and paper which restricts the relationship between the priest and the individual.

It’s a perfect example of a task that can cause great difficulty to a hearing impaired person, and illustrates how special needs can usually be accommodated with just a little thought and effort.   It is hoped that perhaps this method may be able to be used online over the internet.

It is hoped that perhaps with some security and a willing host that a confessional service could be expanded to other locations.  Perhaps the Priest or individual might need use an elite proxy switcher to ensure secure communication and then the confession could be taken in complete privacy.   There are other issues involved when trying to broadcast to certain countries which filter and control access to sites, but these can be resolved easily with a combination of the proxies mentioned and a DNS service.

There’s a video here about the communications issues involved –


There are now over 360 million people in the world with a hearing loss disability according to a WHO report from this year. In 65 years old and above, over 30% have some sort of hearing difficulty. The number of priests who are either deaf or have the ability to sign is unknown but it is suspected that there are nowhere near as many as required.

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