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After careful consideration, the Cicada committee has made the decision to cancel all remaining Morning teas and BBQ’s for the balance of 2020, including the AGM in November.

Even though cases of Covid-19 are very small at the moment, there is a very real prospect that there will be a spike in numbers as restrictions are lifted.  We are very mindful that many of our members and those that attend our functions are at the age where they are more vulnerable to the virus, which has strongly influenced our decision.

This means that all being well, we can start afresh in 2021.  You can keep up to date by visiting our website, at where information will be posted and updated.   Alternately phone Sue Walters at SCIC on 02 9844 6827  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. We now have this Guide in two formats: Desktop or Tablet version; iPhone/Android version.

You can view/download it from these links:

For desktop or tablet -  Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources - A Guide (91 pages, 2.4 MB size). 

For smartphones - iPhone or Android - Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources - smartphone version (101 pages, 1.6 MB size)

We welcome edits, corrections, updates, suggestions etc. Contact the authors via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

CICADA AUSTRALIA INC is a volunteer support group for cochlear implant recipients and we are hosting this event in conjunction with implant companies to bring awareness to  ICI Day and World Hearing day.

The guest presentation will be live streamed so anyone can hook into the presentation or watch it later on the link.

International Cochlear Implant Day Celebration

World Hearing Day is on 3rd March 2020. The World Health Organization published an infographic in 2018 that shows how hearing loss in on the rise and by 2050 there could be 900 million people affected. You can get a copy of this 4-page document here.World Hearing Day 2020

Toowoomba district in Queensland has a new cochlear implant support group. Their first gathering is on WORLD HEARING DAY 3rd March 2020, followed by monthly gatherings first Tuesday of the month.

Please support them if you can, it's great to have a local group of recipients to help each other and tell others about your cochlear implant.

Cochlear is collecting information about the experience of cochlear implant recipients with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  Sharing your feedback is easy – simply go to the link below.  Thank you for your consideration and please spread the word.

These are some of the challenges faced by every hearing impaired person. In my own experience, the majority of hearing people never think about the relatively simple things that can make life easier for all of us. This poster illustrates a few of them.

Pat. Mitchell - Bi-lateral cochlear implantee.


CICADA celebrated International Cochlear Implant Day on Sunday 24thFebruary (though the official date is 25thFebruary). It was a fantastic gathering of almost 200 people. Cochlear Ltd assisted with sponsorship for this event, cupcakes, a Coffee Cart and DARE the wonderful magician who roved around entertaining us with astounding tricks. RIDBC/SCIC staff came to the party with their valued help and CICADA would like to thank SCIC for the continued use of the premises at Gladesville, which are so well suited to holding these gatherings.

 We had a number of other stalls to really add to our day and I am grateful to those who attended and shared their resources- MEDEL implant company, Deaf Society, Hear For You, Pauline Findlay with her book “Can You Feel It?” about a teenage girl with hearing loss, Andrew Stewart with his new business HEARING CONNECTIONS.

We began with some presentations in the Conference Room. Polly Templeton was there to do the live captions and Steve Pascoe generously offered his services to LIVE STREAM for us.

This was a FIRST for CICADA !! Steve captured the live presentation, which can be viewed on this link:

Our presentations were captured LIVE so there are a few typos in the captions that cannot be corrected.

Professor Cathy Birman spoke about the services of SCIC and Cochlear Ltd introduced us to a lovely young man, Kunal Amalean, from Sri Lanka, who has just celebrated 20 years with his implant. The surgery was performed by Prof Bill Gibson in Sri Lanka when Kunal was 9 years old. Kunal came to Sydney a couple of months ago to have bilateral surgery so he is still adjusting to the sound from his new implant.

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