Dec 2018 9News.com.au
A transition to school program that helps children with hearing loss reach their full potential needs public donations after the NSW Department of Education ceased funding it. The program helps children before they start primary school to develop skills including literacy, numeracy and ways to adapt to noisy group environments. The problem is, the transition to school program isn't funded by the Education Department or the National Disability Insurance Scheme. "Donations from the public are incredibly important for us," Jim Hungerford, The Shepherd Centre CEO, said. "We used to be funded by the Department of Education, very sadly this year, that has all gone away and we've lost over half a million dollars."
Olive O'Hagan is entering the program
Research has shown that the transition to school program can make a huge difference. "It makes a mammoth difference. We know from studies around the world that typically children with hearing loss come out of school two years behind every other child," Mr Hungerford said. Early intervention can also help children improve their pronunciations. Hearing the ending or beginning of words can be very challenging, even with cochlear implants or hearing aids. "Teachers may also need education in how to structure their classrooms and effectively use technology that assists a hearing impaired child to listen within noisy school environments," Dr Anne Fulcher, Principle Listening and Spoken Language specialist, said.
Olive's parents Rachel and Adrian with her brother Angus
Olive O'Hagan, 5, is embarking on the program after receiving cochlear implants at an early age. "The transition to school program is going to set her up," her mother Rachel O'Hagan said. "These 12 months we're throwing everything at it to give her this chance."
Here at last is our 2018 revision of the "Hearing Loss and Hearing Solutions - A Guide" that we have published in PDF format for the enjoyment of users. Our original version was reviewed very favourably and attracted a lot of viewers.
You can view/download it from this link: Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources - A Guide (91 pages, 2.4 MB size).
Here are some of the professional comments about our new 2018 version.
Overall Reactions to Second Edition:
Monica Bray (Cochlear): I’ve just discovered the wonderful Hearing Guide. It's an awesome resource.
Jade Parr (Advanced Bionics): What a great resource.
Roberta Marino (Fiona Stanley Hospital) with permission:
I really enjoyed reading the guide! It's brilliant. So comprehensive, easy to read and relatable. I'm really impressed with the level of detail and can only imagine the hours you've spent researching new updates. The guide will positively impact so many people including professionals. I can see it being so useful for instance, at our hospital when new medicos have a rotation in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department or when we have new Audiology students in our Department who are new to implant devices. Again - well done! It's fantastic there's people like you who are so pro-active and care enough to put in the hundreds of hours required to develop such a useful and thorough guide.
Overall Reactions to First Edition:
Margaret Anderson: It's going to be a great resource for consumers and all sorts of people. Well done for tackling it!
Marie-Louise Hekel: Congratulations on this most thorough publication. You have done a splendid job. It would be a very valuable resource, not only for hearing impaired people, but professional audiologists in particular.
Roberta Marino: I think you’ve done a brilliant job. You really have a great understanding of how the different devices can be applied. If you don’t mind, when the product is finished, I’d like to pass it on to training ENT’s at the major teaching hospitals here in Perth and also the upcoming Audiology students.
Sarah McCullough (Advanced Bionics): Well done on all your hard work
Linda Ballam-Davies (Cochlear): It looks great and you've done a top job.