After this post, families in Ireland organised via the Sound Advice Facebook group, into the ‘Happy New Ear’ campaign for bilateral implants. At end-2013, the HSE announced that bilateral pediatric cochlear implants in Ireland would be funded. Despite the progress of Ireland’s national newborn hearing test programme, parents have concerns about the lack of two (bilateral) cochlear implant
A female social entrepreneur in Singapore, Ong Jin Yun, herself mainstream-educated with hearing issues and strong support from family and friends, is tackling employer prejudice against graduates with hearing issues. Read more: We’re deaf, not inferior Ms Ong took action, knowing of the extra work deaf students put in to match peer attainment, and realising
Piloting planes? Impossible for people with hearing issues? Wrong! Prepare to change your thinking after reading these personal accounts. Read: Deaf pilot spreads the word: You can fly As this pilot reveals, “[using visual cues for] deaf and hard-of-hearing people applies to everyone using English as a second language”, with safety enhanced for both types
It makes perfect sense. Carrie Spangler, an educational audiologist in Ohio, was mainstream-educated as a child and teen with hearing issues. She’s now mentoring teen students like herself, who are in mainstream classrooms with hearing peers. Read more: Hitting Her Stride The advice in business is to use what you know, as Carrie Spangler is
Amy Jordan, a student at a mainstream (Irish-speaking) gaelscoil in Dublin, shares her experiences with exams and teachers while using a FM system with hearing-aids at school. Read more: Mainstream Education Through Irish Recently, Amy did a week’s work experience with Sound Advice, to learn more about working with deaf children in Ireland, a career area
Some years ago, Sound Advice’s Facebook page showed a photo, advising us all to “Keep Calm and Celebrate Diversity”. Our point was that diversity exists in the deaf population too, and some people don’t know – or acknowledge – this fact. Diversity In The Deaf Population Read: Different Models of Deafness In Ireland, the media
New Zealand’s newborn hearing test and early intervention programme has run since 2010, with about 170 babies born per year with hearing issues. Read more: Opening A Door To The World Of Sound Pathways lead from this national newborn hearing test service, to early intervention programs with the family’s chosen communication method. One service is
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