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.
A new role for a protein that is mutated in Usher Syndrome (the most common form of deaf-blindness in humans) has been discovered by University of Iowa Scientists. The study indicated that the protein called harmonin, which is known to
be involved in sound sensing in the inner ear, may also play a role in
the transmission of sound information to the brain. The details in depth of the study can be found as published in Nature Neuroscience.
Four Utah State University graduate students and two professors recently spent a month in Vietnam, where they trained teachers to work with hearing-impaired children. They also took with them thousands of dollars worth of hearing aids and
other equipment to help treat Vietnamese children who have hearing loss. The USU group was invited on the trip by Seattle-based Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss.
Thirteen other audiology and deaf education professionals from around
the country joined them to share their knowledge and latest techniques.
G Krishnakumar discusses a few basic things that parents should know about hearing aids for children. “It is important to understand how hearing aids work and how to select,
operate, and care for them. Working hearing aids and consistent use of
hearing aids will help your child hear and develop good speech and
The Utah Department of Health’s Hearing Aid
Recycling Program (HARP) is seeking used hearing aids for families who
cannot afford them and don’t qualify for Medicaid.
The recycling program reconditions used
devices that are in good shape. Those that can’t be used are sold for
salvage or sent to a manufacturer for credit toward the purchase of new
To donate hearing aids, make a cash donation, or to see if your child qualifies for HARP, call 801-584-8215.
Ryan Roberts, a resident of North Central Texas was selected to receive a scholarship that will allow him to visit the Grand Canyon this month and there he will collect sound data for an online campaign to educate the public about hearing and hearing loss. The Hear the World Sound Academy program brings 17 students of mixed
hearing abilities (most with varying degrees of hearing loss) together
to explore the role that sounds plays in our lives.
A task force formed by the State Board of Education has been examining the role and effectiveness of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind and has presented several recommendations, one of which includes that the agency relocate from Ogden to Salt Lake City and another that its advisory council have a stronger role. The State Board hasn’t taken any action on the report, but plans to further study the recommendations.