By coincidence, new country statistics from Ireland and the UK for newborn hearing testing, became available the same week this month. The figures from the Irish Times paper show that since April 2011 over 8,000 babies have had newborn hearing tests in Cork one hundred babies were referred for further hearing testing all received intervention
Parents who learn their child is deaf, have massive decisions to make – and in this post for the NY Times, one mum describes the route her family took. Read: Teaching A Deaf Child Her Mother’s Tongue Both daughters in this family had a valuable head-start in life, in that their hearing issues were detected
Most parents are not prepared to learn that their child is deaf or hard-of-hearing, and can experience a full spectrum of emotions on receiving the news. UK writer Oliver Dennis, is very honest about his own emotions when he learned his daughter was deaf (Sunday Times magazine, April 15th). Read more: What It Feels Like
Traditional deaf schools in the United States face an ‘uncertain future’ as more parents (and children) choose cochlear implants, with a correlating 85% of deaf children now attending their local mainstream schools. Read: Cochlear Implants Redefine What It Means To Be Deaf Statistically in the US, over half of all children with hearing issues now
Soundfields for learning, and their procurement, are a recurring question Sound Advice gets from parents and educators. Here’s a “Soundfields 101” piece to demystify the obtaining and use of these audio-systems. Soundfield presentation from Sound Advice’s EdTech event in October 2011: Soundfield Classroom Audio (Andrew Taylor, Classroom Comms) Q: What is a soundfield (audio) system? A:
As Ireland’s health service rolls out newborn hearing-screening services in its HSE South region, some valuable lessons can be learned from the state of California. In rural areas, a tele-audiology service enables families to follow up in the event that a newborn baby’s hearing test results give any concern. A major benefit is that newborns and
To mark World Book Day Ireland (March 1st), Sound Advice will make a draw of the names of everyone who follows our Facebook page by March 5th, 2012. The prize is a copy of the Sound Advice children’s book, “A Birthday For Ben”(2009). Make sure to ‘Like’ our new Facebook page by March 5th to be in, to win!