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Understanding hearing loss
At the 5th Australian National Deafness Summit in Canberra during May 2008 I was astounded to hear some of the statistics on the increase in prevelance of deafness. While the statistics I quote are for the Australian market they apply to all markets.

Understanding the excitement of hearing
When a child hears for the first time, what causes the excitement and joy? Is it the sound of his mother's voice or is it something else. It is exciting and it is wonderful that the child is now hearing but it will take time for them to learn to listen and understand what they are hearing.

Unrealistic Expectations from hearing technologies
A lot of people with a hearing impairment express their frustration with family and friends who think that just because they now have hearing aid or even an implantable hearing solution such as a cochlear implant or baha, they are expected to hear perfectly again.

Using a hearing aid
You just buy a hearing aid and stick it in your ear and you can hear properly again Ė thatís right isnít it? Wouldnít it be great if it was that simple, but itís not.

Using a phone
When you need a hearing aid of some kind, using a phone can be tricky. This article looks at some ways of using a phone with a Cochlear Implant....but some of the things also apply to using a phone with a hearing aid.

Volunteering
Dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, kitchen gadgets of all sorts. Then there are our modern toys. All these things to make our lives easier, to help us communicate, easier, better and give us more free time. But do we really have more?

Waiting time for a Cochlear Implant
Waiting time for a Cochlear implant can be years, but one state in Australia recently allocated funds to clear the back-log

Wearing a hearing aid and Cochlear Implant
When cochlear implants were first available only one ear was implanted. However, the importance of creating the hearing experience to be as close to normal as possible is recognised. Cochlear implantees are encouraged to use a hearing aid in their unimplanted ear.

What are Assistive listening devices?
Isn't an assistive listening device just a hearing aid? Read the article to find out what they are, how they help you hear and where they can be purchased.

What happens at a hearing test?
Thereís no need to be afraid of taking a hearing test. You wonít be poked with needles or asked to strip off your clothes! A hearing test is simple, has no risks and causes no discomfort.

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