II. While Reading Activities
- entrepreneurs |ˌäntrəprəˈno͝or, -ˈnər|-noun-a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
- device noun \di-ˈvīs\-a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function; an electronic device.
- substantial səbˈstanCHəl|-adjective-of considerable importance, size, or worth: a substantial amount of cash.
- thwarted |THwôrt| -verb [ with obj. ] prevent (someone) from accomplishing something: he never did anything to thwart his company making the product.
- disability |ˌdisəˈbilitē|-noun ( pl. disabilities ) a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.
- essential-|iˈsenCHəl|-adjective-absolutely necessary; extremely important: [ with infinitive ] : it is essential to keep up-to-date records | fiber is an essential ingredient.
- detect |diˈtekt| verb [ with obj. ] discover or identify the presence or existence of: cancer may soon be detected in its earliest stages.
- prototype |ˈprōtəˌtīp|-noun-a first, typical or preliminary model of something, esp. a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied: the firm is testing a prototype of the weapon | the prototype of all careerists is Judas.
- conceived |kənˈsēv|-verb [ with obj. ] form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind: the dam project was originally conceived in 1977.
- impact |ˈimˌpakt|-noun- have a strong effect on someone or something: high interest rates have impacted on retail spending.
- As the crowd gave them a standing ovation, tiny LED lights flashed and faint vibrations could be seen and felt.
- We have designed this bracelet specially to help people with hearing disabilities get independent.
- Deafness is ultimately an invisible disability – you can’t see it in the way that you can see someone who has lost an arm or a leg.
- The major barrier [for deaf people] is trying to communicate like everyone else does, especially when dealing with strangers.
- The answer to cheaper innovations may actually be resting in our pockets.
- F-The winners of the country’s INJAZ Young Enterprise of the Year Competition were from Qatar University.
- T-The young entrepreneurs designed, prototyped and even sold their idea called VibroHear.
- F- The VibroHear is a little bracelet that will help alert deaf people to potential dangers.
- NA- Some of the students who helped invent the VibroHear were deaf.
- F- The VibroHear still has to overcome some substantial barriers.
- T- Deafness is ultimately an invisible disability.
- NA-People in the deaf community are anxious about the new devices.
- F- Deaf people tend to rely more on technologies (like subtitles, captioning and hearing aids.
- T- Researchers from the Korea designed a pair of glasses that can help deaf people “see sound”.
- T- The biggest obstacle to developing niche technologies for deaf people, is a case of supply and demand.
IV. Listening Activity
- F- The email was sent by a woman in Mobile Alabama whose mother had an injury that resulted in partial hearing loss.
- T- Single sided deafness means the person has hearing in one ear only.
- F- Dr. Dereberry specializes in the treatment of hearing loss.
- F- Dr. Dereberry is from Los Angeles, California.
- T- There are two parts to this device, one part is a microphone that fits behind the ear, the other part fits over the tooth.
- F- The device helps a person hear through the teeth.
- T- The sound is transmitted through the bone.
- NA-The device is very expensive.
- F- Good candidates for this device are adults 18 years and older who have normal hearing in one ear.
- T- People can eat and drink with this device.