Ireland’s hospital waiting lists for routine procedures often feature in national news reports. Otolaryngology (ENT) wait-times were the third-longest of the publicly visible waiting lists at January 2016. Accordingly, Sound Advice was invited to present at an Open Health Data Night at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, on January 20th, 2016 in a panel
A certain irony existed in being asked by Dr Peter Sloane, to join a panel at the Vasco da Gama Movement Forum in Dublin – after doctors in the 1970s had said I would never talk. Before this call to speak on the science of cochlear implants, the VdGM (Vasco da Gama Movement), the WONCA Europe Working Group for New
The What Works Ireland initiative from DCEDIY ran an Online Festival of Learning in November 2020, focusing to prevention and early intervention in government and social services. Four types of public entrepreneur were named at the outset: Efficiency Drivers. Driving workflow innovation for efficiency. Bureaucracy Hacker. Creating value with process innovation. Market Shapers. Grant making,
The second CI Futures 2020 webinar on August 5th, explored innovations in no-touch hearing care pathways for covid 19 times. Trisha DiGiovanni, a CI user, described how remote consultations blended with in-clinic processes before her surgery. Strong broadband, multilingual manuals and flexibility with time zones mattered, with patients taking responsibility for their own care due
Deafness is different in the twenty-first century. With today’s digital hearing technology, why consign potentially talented students, teammates and/or work colleagues to lesser life-roles as people? Changing What ‘Deaf’ Means I never learned sign language in a family or institutional setting, so don’t act so surprised when I tell you I don’t sign. Many hearing
Young deaf children with bilateral cochlear implants can learn words faster than hearing peers at 12, 18 and 24 months after implantation, electroencephalography studies show. We observed that when deaf children get their implants, they learn words faster than those with normal hearing. Consequently, they build up certain word pools faster. ~ Niki Vavatzanidis, scientist at
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