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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...

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,...

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...

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...