Random conversations can be life-changing, often without our knowledge. In October 2010, a lady asked Sound Advice if Hearing Dogs are trained in Ireland. She has severe bilateral hearing issues and believed a trained dog would restore some independence by alerting her to everyday sounds in her environment. Knowing most Hearing Dogs are trained in the
Reading is a key skill for deaf children to develop, as our world is driven by information. Think about it – your child and their peers will grow up with email, texting, computer tools, captioned TV, DVDs and online video clips. As this website noted recently, digital tools like email, webtext, Skype, video relay or chat, can
Deaf children can learn new words and language visually, so pictures or simple drawings are key to developing their ability to link words and meaning before they actually read. Informal diaries with stick figures, line drawings and specific pictures can help reinforce this link by recording what’s been learned in daily activities. This way, both
Hearing Dogs – not yet widely seen in Ireland – are companions to deaf people, and alert their owners to everyday sounds like doorbells, door-knocks, phones and cooker timers that otherwise might go unheard. Smudge the Hearing Dog features in this contribution to the website by his owner Tina Lannin, from Co Derry & Co Down, but who now lives in
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