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I thought needing captions meant I was getting old. Not so.

I thought needing captions meant I was getting old. Not so.

I thought needing captions meant I was getting old. Turns out it is all the rage among the kids. By Arwa Mahdawi writing for The Guardian Apparently, four out of five viewers between 18 and 25 put subtitles (captions) on – but it is not for the reasons you might think. First, there were the creaky […]

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“How can we accept that our loved one has died from an ear infection in the 21st century”

“How can we accept that our loved one has died from an ear infection in the 21st century”

The NSW Coroners Court has found the death of an Indigenous man in custody, stemming from a middle ear infection, was preventable. Image: Mr Shillingsworth’s family conducted a smoking ceremony outside court. (ABC News: Tim Swanston) WARNING: This story contains details of an Aboriginal person who has died and have been used with the permission […]

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16,000 people use Auslan: Census

16,000 people use Auslan: Census

For the first time, the National Census in 2021 included Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as a prompt when asking what language was used at home. The new Australian Census report shows slightly more than 16,000 people use Auslan at home. The numbers include people for whom Auslan is their primary or only language, and also […]

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Ukraine: hearing loss caused by bombings

Ukraine: hearing loss caused by bombings

A team of a hearing care professional and an ENT specialist has been working the streets of war-torn Kiev, discovering a high number of people who have lost their hearing as a result of bomb explosions and artillery fire.   And they have been working on wheels, touring districts in a specially equipped van in […]

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Spot audits on TV closed captioning obligations

Spot audits on TV closed captioning obligations

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) puts its focus each year on key areas for improved industry compliance. In 2022-23, ACMA will shift from investigating individual complaints to conducting spot audits to determine whether TV broadcasters are consistently and reliably meeting their captioning obligations. Captioning of TV programs is essential for many audiences to […]

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New Shepherd Centres for kids with hearing loss

New Shepherd Centres for kids with hearing loss

As part of the new Government’s promised spending in healthcare, three new Shepherd Centres will be created. Shepherd Centres provide support services to children with hearing loss, including the development of speech and communication skills, life skills and emotional resilience. These are all areas where hearing-impaired children and young people need intensive clinical support, including […]

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