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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?
There’s no need to be afraid of taking a hearing test. You won’t be poked with needles or asked to strip off your clothes! A hearing test is simple, has no risks and causes no discomfort.

What is a Cochlear Implant
A Cochlear Implant is not an alternative to a hearing aid. It is only an option if a person cannot effectively use hearing aids. It is not a high powered hearing aid and does not amplify sound. It is a serious decision, one which is taken after testing and all other avenues for hearing are explored.

What is a Hybrid Cochlear Implant
A recent development in cochlea implants is the Hybrid or electroacoustic implant. What this means is it is part cochlea implant and part hearing aid.

What is Totally Deaf?
Recently I was asked a question “What does totally Deaf mean? Is it totally without any sound or does it mean lack of comprehension even if you can hear?”

What language should my deaf child learn?
Everyone needs to be fluent in the lanugage of their country so the real question is not what language should my deaf child learn but rather should they be taught sign language first?

What's it like to get your hearing back?
I had been living deaf for about 10 years when I decided I had to do something about it

What’s it like to go deaf?
I was born to hear. I learned language at my mother’s knee and attended main stream schools. I had everything going for me and deafness didn't even enter into it. The sense of loss was enormous and I almost lost myself.

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