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16,000 people use Auslan: Census 2021

16,000 people use Auslan: Census 2021

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. Deaf Australia described it as a “major win for the Deaf Community.” The new Australian Census report shows slightly more...

Australian Teleaudiology Guidelines ready to roll

Australian Teleaudiology Guidelines ready to roll

Teleaudiology is a service delivery option that offers a range of benefits for hearing health care practitioners, providers and consumers including improved access to care for people who find it difficult to attend in-person hearing care appointments. These new...

Read Our Lips Australia makes communication easier

Read Our Lips Australia makes communication easier

Margaret Brady* from Melbourne began noticing her hearing was not like it used to be several years ago. “I now have significant hearing loss which affects my ability to communicate, especially in noisy environments,” Margaret said. “I felt like people were constantly...

The board of Deafness Forum Australia

The board of Deafness Forum Australia

The board of Deafness Forum Australia met in Adelaide at the weekend (4, 5 June). It was the first in-person meeting held since the start of the health pandemic. Directors come from many parts of Australia and some joined remotely to finalise the goals, workplan and...

Music therapy helps kids understand complex sounds

Music therapy helps kids understand complex sounds

A 12-week music program is helping children learn to optimise their hearing aids and cochlear implants, by teaching them to better understand the sounds they detect. The program, developed by Dr Chi Yhun Lo from Macquarie University, helps the children to extract...

China’s children of deaf adults share their stories

China’s children of deaf adults share their stories

China is home to over 20 million deaf individuals. Their children, sometimes known as CODA, or “children of deaf adults”, number in the millions. I first came across CODA terminology in the 2000s, during my doctoral studies at Fudan University. As the mother of a...