After a child has meningitis, the family has only a small time-frame in which to plan for cochlear implant surgery. Meningitis causes the cochlea in the ear to harden soon after the illness, so quick decisions have to be made. This Kiwi family tells the story of how a cochlear implant helped their son to
Today, the irishdeafkids.ie website is five years old! The website domain was registered on August 26th 2007, exactly five years ago on this date. Mycro Sportsgear in Cork has given us a birthday gift to share with you! It’s a customisable GAA sports helmet, to which metal grids can be added over the ears to guard
Recommended reading: when teachers learn a child with hearing issues is in their class, they may not know what to expect. This piece has solid advice for teachers in Ireland/the UK, and explains how the child may be feeling. Read: Eleven misconceptions about children with hearing issues Every child is different. Get to know your
A family’s experience when their son’s deafness was misdiagnosed despite repeated hearing tests, recently featured in The Irish Examiner newspaper. Read: “If it happened to our son, it could happen to others” The family went public with fears that misdiagnoses might happen to others. Feel free to comment on this piece below, in the space provided. Further
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
Traditional deaf schools in the United States face an ‘uncertain future’ as more parents (and children) choose cochlear implants, with a correlating 85% of deaf children now attending their local mainstream schools and fully participating in their own local communities. Read: Cochlear Implants Redefine What It Means To Be Deaf Statistically in the US, over
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