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The Art of Verbal Communication

With the exception of Deaf signing communities, verbal communication is at the core of our social existence. It allows us to convey an assortment of messages ranging from basic needs to abstract concepts. When we think of verbal communication, we immediately recognize that language and hearing are the necessary tools of the trade. Yet there are…
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Hearing Protection Under The Spotlight

A question commonly asked by industrial workers is: “what type of hearing protection is best?” The short answer is: “the one that fits you properly and that you are comfortable wearing”. The effectiveness of personal hearing protection (PHP) is dramatically reduced by periods of non-use. For example, an unprotected exposure of just 5 minutes in…
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The Changing Face Of Deaf Education

The history of deaf education in Australia, as in other parts of the world, is very complex, with various methodologies and ideologies playing different roles at different times. For parents of a deaf child, the array of options and approaches is truly bewildering. To some extent, options are limited by geographic location and the cultural background…
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Dangerous Noise

For many people a noise induced hearing loss is a permanent reminder of past exposures to excessive noise throughout their working life. Hazardous noise is very much a modern day concept, as few noises which occur in nature are capable of producing the damaging effects of our industrialised society. Our ears are designed to cope with…
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