Australian Hearing support for Auslan and the Deaf community

Australian Hearing agrees and believes that every Deaf and hearing impaired child has a right to communicate effectively and that there are many paths to achieving this goal. 

Australian Hearing agrees and believes that every Deaf and hearing impaired child has a right to communicate effectively and that there are many paths to achieving this goal. 
 
Our approach to supporting children and families is based on international research and best practice guidelines.
 
Australian Hearing paediatric audiologists complete extensive specialist training which includes information on Deaf culture. Early intervention agencies, including organisations that provide Auslan as a communication option, also provide presentations at their training courses. 
 
Australian Hearing’s protocols for services to children require their audiologists to provide families with:
  • Information about the range of early intervention options that are available to support their child.
  • Information about all available communication options, including Auslan.
Australian Hearing encourages families to investigate these options with specialist early intervention agencies and refer them to parent mentors when available, if this is of interest to the family.
 
In addition, Australian Hearing provide Auslan interpreters for their clients and actively support the Deaf community, including sponsoring events.
 
Australian Hearing welcomes suggestions for improving our services. Please contact us at communications@hearing.com.au.
 
 
References:
Ching, TYC, King A, Dillon H. Evidence-based practice for cochlear implant referrals (www.outcomes.nal.gov.au )
 
King, AM 2009 The national protocol for paediatric amplification in Australia.  IJA 49(S1) February 2010 S64-69.
 
Moeller, M.P., Carr, G., Seaver, L., Stredler-Brown, A., Holzinger, D. (2013) Best Practices in Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: An International Consensus Statement
 
The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Volume 18, Issue 4, 1 October 2013, Pages 429–445,  https://doi.org/10.1093/deafed/ent034   accessed 27/11/2018
 
Small, S.A. & Stapells, D.R. (2017). “Chapter 21: Threshold Assessment in Infants Using the Frequency-Specific Auditory Brainstem Response and Auditory Steady-State Response" in Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology, 2nd edition, Seewald, R. & Tharpe A.M. (Eds.). Plural Publishing, Inc., San Diego, CA., pp. 505-549