People with hearing loss can dream of a future when hearing
aids might also serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering
clear, customized sound from inside their
ears. The American Academy of Audiology and the Hearing Loss Association of America have announced a collaborative public education campaign, “Get in the Hearing Loop” to help introduce this new technology that uses T-Coils to transmit sound magnetically to hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Chris Cairns an international cricket star recently discovered that their newborn daughter Isabel was born with profound hearing loss. Cairns recently relocated to Canberra with his wife, Melanie, in order to be closer to extended family that can provide support; Isabel is also scheduled to receive cochlear implants in April and will then become a pupil at the Shepherd Centre for hearing-impaired children.
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The problem of hearing loss is so common in kids, researchers are asking
parents to be more vigilant about volume; small modifications can make
all the difference. A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds
listening to loud music may be responsible for a spike in hearing loss
among adolescents. Experts at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles say parents need to remind their teens that hearing loss is irreversible.
OSERS issues this Q&A document to provide State educational agencies
(SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, advocacy
organizations, and other interested parties with information regarding
the requirements for serving children with disabilities placed by their
parents in private schools. This Q&A document represents the
Department’s current thinking on this topic. In addition there are new topics, such questions have been added to address
the consultation process, response to intervention (RTI), the process
for developing a services plan, the difference between a services plan
and an individualized education program (IEP), child find, and child
Dr. Layne M. Garrett, an audiologist at Timpanogos Hearing and
Balance, has given the gift of improved hearing to hundreds of
people in Ghana, from the capital city of Accra to tiny villages
across the country. Dr. Garrett remembers one small boy, about 3 years old, in Ghana in
2005. The boy’s family knew he couldn’t hear, so they brought him
to Garrett’s clinic, where the boy was fitted with a hearing
aid. He was then able to hear his mother’s voice for the first time.
Deaf and Blind students attending at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf and Blind recently had their first day of school, which was filled with a bit of extra excitement with the opening of a new playground built with their special needs in mind. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new playground built for the deaf and blind students was recently held and brought anticipated cheers and applause, but the real excitement came with the chance to climb and twirl over the new playground.
Surgery patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital receive a kit from Josh and Friends. It’s a therapy tool that includes a stuffed dog and a book about Josh the dog going to the hospital. Now the Downtown Sertoma Club is teaming up with Josh and Friends. The Sertoma version of the Josh and Friends kit would include the plush
toy and an “I’ll be OK” book chronicling Josh the dog’s cochlear implant
Northgate Public Services and NHSP announced that they have been awarded a contract by the Health Service Executive to provide a newborn hearing screening service in Ireland. The service which has initially been commissioned in Cork University
Maternity Hospital will be rolled out across the whole of HSE South by
early 2012. Once completed, Northgate will be screening over 17,000
babies per year at hospitals in Cork, Wexford, Waterford, Tiree,
Kilkenny and Tipperary.
A $4.5M Federal Grant will establish the Deaf TEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students at NTID. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students are underrepresented in the technological and scientific professions and this new technical institute will help such students advance in the growing field.