Certain parts of Ireland’s paediatric audiology service work superbly, with a world-class cochlear implant centre in Dublin, yet at end-September 2020, 17,000 children and adults awaited initial audiology services nationwide. Of this total, over 7000 were children, with almost 8000 being adults over the age of 65. One-third of these children had waited over a
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
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
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