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Research participation – Evaluation of the Nucleus Smart App

National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) is conducting a research study looking at how people engage with, and think about the Cochlear Nucleus Smart App. This project is sponsored by Cochlear Ltd. NAL wish to understand whether adult (18+ years) cochlear implant user, or parents/caregivers of young cochlear implant users (0-12 years) feel that changes made using […]

Sounds & Signs May 2024

The May 2024 edition of Sounds & Signs – the official newsletter of Aussie Deaf Kids – is now available. Read it online: Sounds & Signs – May 2024 Subscribe to Sounds & Signs

Webinar – Giving your children a strong Auslan foundation

The recording of our latest webinar “Giving your children a strong Auslan foundation” is now available. In this webinar, Dr Louise de Beuzeville offers insights for parents on giving their children a strong foundation in Auslan. She provides:  A short introduction to the differences between Auslan and English Ensuring your child has access to fluent […]

Webinar – Hear For You, hear for who?

Register for our next free webinar where John Lui, National Manager of Hear For You, will be in conversation with Ann Porter, CEO of Aussie Deaf Kids. John and Ann will discuss where Hear For You sits in the hearing health landscape and what makes it unique. John will explore how the life experiences of […]

7 Positive childhood experiences

Research demonstrates that both positive and adverse experiences shape brain development and health across the life span. Studies on child development show that Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) lay a foundation for optimal childhood development and flourishing adult mental and social connectedness despite co-occurring adversities. The 2019 study at Johns Hopkins University identified 7 Positive Childhood […]

Connecting with other families

From sharing tips, exchanging advice or being a support network to one another, connecting with others going through similar experiences can be invaluable. Parents, carers, children and young people will benefit and feel less isolated when connecting with other families on their journey of childhood deafness. There are many ways to connect, so choose what […]

Sounds & Signs April 2024

The April 2024 edition of Sounds & Signs – the official newsletter of Aussie Deaf Kids – is now available. Read it online: Sounds & Signs – April 2024 Subscribe to Sounds & Signs

Sounds & Signs March 2024

The March 2024 edition of Sounds & Signs – the official newsletter of Aussie Deaf Kids – is now available. Read it online: Sounds Signs – March 2024 Subscribe to Sounds & Sounds

Sounds & Signs February 2024

The February 2024 edition of Sounds & Signs – the official newsletter of Aussie Deaf Kids – is now available. Read it online: Sounds Signs – February 2024 Subscribe to Sounds & Sounds

Sounds & Signs December 2023

The December 2023 edition of Sounds & Signs – the official newsletter of Aussie Deaf Kids – is now available. Read it online: Sounds & Signs – December 2023 Subscribe to Sounds & Signs

Sounds & Signs November 2023

The November 2023 edition of Sounds & Signs – the official newsletter of Aussie Deaf Kids – is now available. Read it online: Sounds & Signs – November 2023 Subscribe to Sounds & Signs  

Self-advocacy story

My youngest son has a moderate-severe hearing loss in one ear, but has only a mild loss in the other ear. He is 7 years old. I thought I would share a story in as close to his own words as I can remember. “Mum, I hate it when we play Chinese Whispers and Karen (his […]

Bec’s journey

Bec Stewart was a presenter at the 7th National Deafness Sector Summit in Melbourne in April 2012. This is the story she shared… I am 19 and I was brought up in a mostly hearing impaired family. I have 10 deaf and hearing impaired relatives and was fitted with hearing aids at five when I […]

Hannah tells her story

Hi my name is Hannah.  I am 10 years old and live in WA with my Mum and Dad and little brother. I have unilateral hearing loss on my right side. I was born with this type of hearing loss and my Mum and Dad only found out about my hearing loss when I was five […]

Felix’s story

Felix was born in April 2009, a younger brother for Amelie who was almost 3. He was just perfect. He was keen to get out into the world and even beat the obstetrician, much to the midwives’ horror. Within 24 hours he had his first SWISH screen which he didn’t pass. I was told that […]

A father’s perspective

When I found out Misha had a bilateral profound hearing loss I was shocked. A couple of days later, after I had gone through a box of tissues, I looked at my chubby, 10-month old, adorable angel, the picture of health, and thought – “This is only news to me.” Nothing for him had changed. Very […]

Olivia and genetic testing

We discovered our daughter Olivia’s hearing loss through the SWISH test at birth, but by about 18 months, it had worsened. Due to the fact that it had gotten worse, and because of the pattern of her hearing loss, the ENT and audiologist suspected Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS) and ordered a CAT scan and […]

Misha’s story

When I found out Misha had a bilateral profound hearing loss I was shocked. A couple of days later, after I had gone through a box of tissues, I looked at my chubby, 10-month old, adorable angel, the picture of health, and thought – “This is only news to me.” Nothing for him had changed. Very […]

Teens dealing with social isolation

It is quite normal for our teens who are deaf or hard of hearing to feel isolated at times. However, if they are experiencing persistent feelings of loneliness, it’s important to seek solutions. There are things your teen can do to feel less isolated: 1. Talk Encourage them to reach out to you (parent/carer) or […]

Social model of disability

As parents of children with hearing loss, we want to protect our kids from discrimination and ensure they have equal access in society. Deafness and hearing loss are complex issues that affect each child differently. A social model of disability accepts their individual differences and removes barriers so they can participate in their community and […]

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