Awareness

Hearing loss impacts school attendance among Australia's aboriginal children

 

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A pioneering recent study among Northern Territory (NT) aboriginal children in Australia has shown that preventable hearing impairment is negatively impacting their first years of primary school attendance.

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Oticon rewards 2019 hearing heroes through its Focus on People Awards

 

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Gary Rosenblum President Oticon Inc., with (left) Tony Reisdorff, Catherine Fitzgerald and (right) Emma Faye Rudkin, Jennifer Lightfoot Oticon

The 2019 Oticon Focus on People (FOP) Awards has honoured 13 people for their roles in showing that hearing loss does not limit a person's ability to live a full, productive, and inspiring life.

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Japan: International Sign language learners triple ahead of 2020 games

 

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A drive to increase sign language skills ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has seen interest tripled in learning to communicate with deaf visitors through the pidgin system International Sign.

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Award for architect of Ireland's Cochlear Implant Programme as "outstanding global leader"

 

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Professor Laura Viani (left) with her Cpl World-Class Talent Award and Cpl CEO Anne Heraty - ©Cpl

Professor Laura Viani, the founder of Ireland's National Cochlear Implant Programme has become the first winner of the new Cpl World-Class Talent Award.

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A trek too far for an old soldier's cochlear implant care

 

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US veterans in need of cochlear implant (CI) care face daunting journeys to far-flung centres, with 20% of hearing-affected ex-military needing to travel over 200 miles (320km) for specialist appointments.

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Scotland is first UK country to ban plastic cotton buds

 

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Plastic cotton buds—for long used inadvisably for ear cleaning—have been banned by the Scottish Parliament.

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Finally! Apple hearing aid and disability emojis on the point of rolling out

 

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A hearing aid and deaf person icon are among long-awaited Unicode 12 emojis on the point of being released by Apple.

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Spanish audiology experts stress dangers of sound amplification apps

 

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Prolonged use of sound amplification apps such as Google's Sound Amplifier may cause hearing problems instead of easing them, warns the National Association of Audiologists of Spain (ANA).

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Noise from Rugby World Cup tourism worries councils in Japan

 

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There will be a massive roar in Japanese stadiums hosting the Rugby World Cup, which starts on Friday September 20, but it will barely compete with the street noise in the country with the world's worst acoustic pollution problem.

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Games app Hearoes gives new CI users keys to recognising sounds

 

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Audiologists from Australia's Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) have helped update a recently developed app—HEAROES—designed to help new cochlear implant (CI) users adjust to their new sound environment.

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