The National Audiology Review is inviting submissions from parents & carers of deaf children and service users, before March 19, 2010. This feedback is from a mother of a 4 year old boy who was diagnosed as being profoundly deaf at 14 months old. 1. Newborn Hearing Screening: Why do babies not automatically have hearing
A teacher recently asked IDK how to source a soundfield system for a child at their school. The system needed to be movable between classrooms. Our first response was to ask if the school has any contact with the Visiting Teacher service for deaf students at the Department of Education (DES). If yes, the visiting
A pilot scheme in the UK which aims to improve service co-ordination for children with deafness, is expected to be underway by early 2010. The Local Record of Deaf Children in the UK seeks to improve services and raise awareness of the numbers of young people living with hearing loss. Information will be shared by
A parent recently asked IDK about Auditory Neuropathy (AN), after searching online for details about the condition. “Think about driving your car with the radio on, but you have a frayed wire somewhere between the radio and the speaker system. The sound is entering the perfectly operational radio but is not able to get through
The Lamh sign language is used in creches, preschools & schools around the country. However, a significant number of parents, carers and teachers expressed concerns to IDK (now Sound Advice) about being unable to give children full access to the Lamh language due to its current training structure. To promote discussion, we are sharing a
After receiving several queries about Lamh, the manual language, we asked Mary Cullen, Lamh Development Officer, a few questions. What is Lámh? Lámh is the accepted manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability in Ireland. Some people use Lámh as their main way of communicating while others use Lámh together with
A new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests computers are now better at lip-reading than humans. The performance of a computer based lip-reading system was compared to that of 19 human lip-readers. Results showed the computerised system was over 50% better at recognition than the humans completing the same task. Simultaneously, the
A low-cost way of video-streaming to use and distribute information online has been described in the US by Thomas McNeal Jr. and Landon Kearns. Their article, “Using Video Streaming: Setting up a Cheap System for Distributing Information to Teachers and Students” explores how to set up a streaming system, using tools readily available in classrooms.