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Being Deaf
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     challenging words:    amplify, beethoven, programmers, injury, artists, repaired, ongoing, clocks, close, schools, ballet, jobs, public, hearing, boring, cochlea
     content words:    Heather Whitestone, Miss America, In Heather


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Being Deaf
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     Close your eyes and listen. What do you hear? There are many things we hear all the time. Now imagine you can't hear these sounds. That is what it is like to be deaf. A deaf person can't hear. But how does this happen? How do we hear?
 
2     The ear is amazing. You know how sound waves enter your ear through the ear canal. They hit the eardrum and make it move. Then three small bones called the hammer, anvil, and stirrup pass the sound to the cochlea. Inside the cochlea are tiny little hairs that move. The cochlea is attached to nerves. These nerves take the sound to the brain. The brain tells you what you hear.
 
3     Deafness can be caused by illness or injury. A baby may be born deaf. Listening to loud sounds can damage your hearing. Many things can cause deafness. If part of the ear doesn't work, a person is usually deaf. Doctors do what they can to help. Sometimes they can fix the problem. Eardrums are repaired. The small bones in the ear can be replaced. Hearing aids also help deaf people. Hearing aids amplify sound. Some types of hearing aids can be placed under the skin. When there is no cure, there is help.

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