Hearing-device wearers report that assistive technology to contain background noise is still a holy grail and needs industry co-operation, according to an Action on Hearing Loss survey: Ninety-six per cent of respondents said hearing in noisy settings is a major challenge. Just 12% of hearing aid users and 27% of cochlear implant wearers are satisfied now. Help From The Hearing-Device Industry
On average, each deaf child in Australia is left AUD $10,000 short of public funding to access early intervention listening and spoken language services from birth to age three, with non-governmental organisations fundraising the balance, according to recent media reports. #Australia: Each #deaf child $10K short for hearing-and-talking #earlyintervention. https://t.co/79wSkNaDit #NDIS @FirstVoiceAus (@guardian) — Caroline
Researcher Ann Geers, (Pediatrics, June 2017) published some very compelling data about children with cochlear implants and sign language use. Specifically, no advantage existed for parents to use sign language before or after an infant underwent cochlear implant surgery. Overall, deaf children with implants who never learned sign language had better language, reading and spoken language
Audiologist supply and quality hearing services are vital for born-deaf infants to get to hear and talk, according to Susan Daniels, CEO of the UK’s National Deaf Childrens’ Society. In a recent Huffington Post article, Daniels emphasises: Audiologists, hearing specialists in hospitals and health centres, are a vital lifeline for the 45,000 deaf children in the UK
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