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
Everyone lipreads to an extent regardless of their hearing, to get a sense of what people are saying to us. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people can rely almost fully on lip-reading, as they may not have the sound input to know what others are saying to them, or to follow a conversation. Charlie Swinbourne, a deaf writer
Two recent articles in the Irish press highlighted two essential issues facing families with deaf children in Ireland. These are the need for: hearing-aids from as young as possible (under 1 year old), and early spoken-language intervention for children with severe to profound deafness How Does Hearing Lead To Education? Newcomers to deafness may ask,
The development of deaf children fitted with a cochlear implant is being profiled in a study at Malaga University, headed by Ignacio Moreno-Torres. Three months after receiving an implant, all children profiled could recognise sounds in their immediate environment. Social and family factors were also analysed in the study for a more in-depth result. Children
A teacher recently asked IDK how to improve their classroom environment for a young child who hears on one side only. Background noise complicates listening for children who rely on one ear for hearing, so teachers need to manage ambient sounds in the classroom. Environmental sounds from school playgrounds, assembly halls, traffic, outdoor machinery or even inside the classroom
The IDK article “Toys & Games for Deaf Children” is one of the most-read on this site, so this complementary piece suggests toys for early development. Developmental Baby Toys for 0 – 24 Month Olds Remember, children who’re deaf have the same toys as hearing children, even if you may think otherwise! Handheld rattles will develop your child’s
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