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Good news at last about hearing assistance in aged care

Australia’s peak consumer advocacy organisation for people living with deafness and ear disorders is celebrating the successful outcome of its long-running campaign to have hearing loss management included in Government guidelines for aged care service providers. 70%...

We need to improve communication access for the elderly

As a community, we must do better to acknowledge communication disability and the impacts it has on quality of life and take action to improve the situation, writes Gaenor Dixon. Jane (not her real name) is 86-years-old and over the last few years her hearing and...

Why some people get dizzy when hearing certain sounds

For some people, certain sounds like a trumpet blowing a particular tone can make them dizzy. It has been estimated that 1 in 100 people around the world have a congenital inner ear condition known as semicircular canal dehiscence, a thinning of the bone enclosing the...

NDIS access requirements (eligibility) in plain language

Eligibility for the National Disability Insurance Scheme depends on a person’s age, residency status and disability.  To access the NDIS you must satisfy the following 3 conditions: be aged under 65 years AND live in Australia and are an Australian citizen or hold a...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s hearing health

An increasing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s lives have been improved by getting hearing help at an earlier age. But according to Australian Hearing, there is more work to be done to reduce the significantly higher rates of hearing problems...

Education system is failing students with disability

National not-for-profit body Children and Young People with Disability Australia conducts a national survey each year on the educational experiences of students with disability in Australia. It focuses on the direct experience of students with disability. The most...