Talking to your baby from birth [especially when hearing-devices are worn], is crucial for their infant language development. While most babies hear for two months before birth, there will be babies with hearing devices who need to build up their word and sound-vocabulary after missing sounds earlier on. Chatting During Family Time One book, Small
Radio station, Newstalk 108FM, sent reporter Henry McKean to Specsavers Hearcare in central Dublin, to have his ears filled with putty to block sounds. McKean then had a taste of “being deaf for a day” in Dublin city centre. Listen: What Is It Like To Experience Deafness Overnight? A transcript of McKean’s commentary is here,
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
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