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
On July 20th 2013, The Economist published a very damaging article about cochlear implants, which give families with born-deaf children valuable opportunities, such as using two spoken languages in the family home. Read: Listen Up: Technology That Lets Deaf People Hear Team Sound Advice recommends reading the below response from the founder of the Cochlear
What is the “deaf debate” with cochlear implants? Why can they be seen as controversial? This is one of the best pieces we’ve read on the topic, to date. Read: The Deaf Culture versus Oral-Only Debate Many people are curious about this debate, as a result of the Happy New Ear campaign which is seeking
Most parents are not prepared to learn that their child is deaf or hard-of-hearing, and can experience a full spectrum of emotions on receiving the news. UK writer Oliver Dennis, is very honest about his own emotions when he learned his daughter was deaf (Sunday Times magazine, April 15th). Read more: What It Feels Like
With modern hearing-aids and cochlear implants, many deaf kids soak up language without any obvious reinforcement. Some with cochlear implants learn by overhearing incidentally. Others need natural language practice with their families, at home or out and about. Daily, simple interaction with your kids is what’s required. The key points are: Parents who understand their
Explaining hearing-devices to children (a deaf child, siblings, family, friends or peers) can be a challenge in making sure everyone understands the facts. Concept books are great for explaining to all children the specific frustrations and issues deaf children can experience. Understanding is increased, with the deaf child realising others are in their position, and hearing children
Deafness isn’t the tragedy that it was, at one time. With sustained early intervention and hearing-devices from birth to age three, a baby or child who is deaf achieves a good quality of life with their own personal milestones. However, if deafness is diagnosed at a late stage (after the child is 2.5 years of
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