For the last blog post of 2014, here are some recent media pieces, to remind ourselves how early access to hearing and speech services can improve childrens’ life prospects. Lydia Denworth (author of I Can Hear You Whisper) Lydia Denworth’s recent post in Time Magazine, Raising A Deaf Child Makes The World Sound Different, will resonate with parents of
The Phonic Ear hearing-aid, that big beige box worn in the 1970s by kids who were deaf. Book illustrator Cece Bell rewrote her life story this year, with a Phonic Ear giving her super-powers in a graphic novel. Bell’s self-deprecating humour about wearing the hearing-aid and the everyday social interactions it generated will be welcomed by fellow wearers. Interview: Cece
The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) held a conference in Dublin, ‘Disability Through The Lifecourse‘, on September 16th, 2014. This event was very relevant to Sound Advice, with the keynote speaker, Professor Sheila Riddell from the University of Edinburgh, citing post-school transitions research from NDCS in her keynote presentation. Most of the social group profiled from
Babies whose hearing issues are detected at birth, who receive hearing-devices and who start auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) before their first birthday, can have age-appropriate language within six months, according to a recent webinar from Hear And Say (Australia). Founder, Dimity Dornan, presented Is Auditory Verbal Therapy Effective? to highlight the family-centred teaching approach of social skills and listening-based cognitive strategies. Meantime, The Hearing Journal noted in
The Educational Audiology Association (EAA) in the US is hosting a webinar on July 22, for which families and professionals may like to register. Educational audiologists maintain school acoustic quality and students’ cochlear implants, hearing aids and FM systems during the day. Based on district policy, aural rehabilitation (sound practice) may be in their remit. Contracted
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