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  December 2022

Season greetings from the Australian Hearing Hub

Professor Greg Leigh AO has been honoured with Hearing Australia’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Greg Leigh AO has been honoured with Hearing Australia’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of 40-plus years spent furthering hearing research and support in Australia.

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Hearing the future – a showcase of collaboration and innovation

The contribution Hearing Australia and the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) have made to the nation’s hearing health was on full display at the Hearing Hub recently, serving as a powerful reminder of the importance of collaboration with our partners to improve the lives of people with hearing loss.

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Closing the gap in Aboriginal hearing health

Professor of Linguistics Catherine McMahon and her team from the Hear Centre at Macquarie University have been working with TAFE NSW and Indigenous Allied Health Australia on a project that aims to reduce the long-term impacts of middle ear disease in Aboriginal children.

Listen to the SBS Australia News story.

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Halving the rate of hearing loss in First Nations children by 2029

Hearing Australia has launched its Action Plan for Improving Ear Health and Hearing Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children. The organisation is committed to working with First Nations peoples and communities to halve the rate of hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by 2029.

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The Shepherd Centre Announces CEO Transition

Dr Jim Hungerford will hand over the baton of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after 12 years at the helm. After engaging in a rigorous, externally-run selection process, the Board and management have appointed Dr Aleisha Davis to the role of CEO, effective from 20 January 2023.

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AHH end of year celebration

To celebrate the end of a successful year, the Australian Hearing Hub hosted an end-of-year celebration on 8 December. The event provided the opportunity for senior leaders from each AHH member organisation to share the highlights of 2022 and what to look forward to in 2023 and beyond.

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Itinerant teacher of the Deaf – A Virtual Day at the AHH

This full day workshop provided over 100 ITODs with a chance to learn about the services, research and resources that are available from Australian Hearing Hub member organisations.

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Hearing Australia urges action on occupational NIHL

The workplace is one of the most common sources of noise-induced hearing loss. During National Safe Work Month, held every year in October, Hearing Australia urged workers to stay on top of their hearing health and released a new fact sheet on protecting your hearing at work.

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Soundbites 2022

We would like to thank those who joined us for our Soundbites Webinar Series this year to learn all about the latest hearing research from NAL, direct from leading researchers at NAL. We look forward to seeing you in 2023 for our next Soundbites Webinar Series!

Full list of Soundbites 2022 »
International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 Dec 2022

To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Audiology Committee of International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders, moderated two talks and a panel discussion.

Links to the talks and panel discussions »
A need for better videoconferencing solution for people with hearing difficulty

A pilot study at NAL sets the stage for a repeatable and validated way to test how well people with hearing loss can understand speech on different videoconferencing technologies and how well different technologies, such as hearing aids, improve that experience.

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Hear for You Networking Night
Hear for You Networking Night

It was fantastic to see new and old faces at our Networking Night for alumni and invitees of Hear For You and The Shepherd Centre last Friday at Canva Space! It’s not often that we, as adults, are able to get together and meet others who have grown up in the mainstream community as a deaf/hard of hearing/hearing impaired person.

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Events and notices
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Events and seminars
To view other Australian Hearing Hub member's up and coming events please go to AHH event page.

Deaf Awareness Training

Date: Monday 9 January 2023 
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm
Location: Zoom
Register via Eventbrite
Registration: Free

Hearing Hub Junior Science Academy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Kids

Jan 2023 Program Details:
- Tues 10 Jan: Take charge, Years 1 – 3
- Wed 11 Jan: Human anatomy, Years 3 – 5
Register your interest

AHH Seminar: Showcasing the Australian Newborn Hearing Screening system and beyond

Save the Date: Tuesday 14 February
Time: 10.00– 12.45
           12.45 - 1.15 networking and refreshments for the in-person attendees.
Location: AHH, Level 1, Lecture Theatre / Zoom

Participate in research
We need people of all ages to take part in research projects and help contribute to better diagnosis and treatment. Take a look at some of the projects we are currently working on and if you're interested please make contact.

HALOS is looking for volunteers to participate in the survey who are:

aged 40 years +, wear a hearing device (hearing aid or cochlear implant) in at least one ear, sufficient in English to complete the survey and are able to give informed consent.
You will be reimbursed a $30 Coles-Myer gift card at the end of the study.
Contact: / 0481 863 983

An initiative of Macquarie University, the Australian Hearing Hub brings the country’s best hearing and allied health organisations together.

The Australian Hearing Hub is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Education Investment Fund.

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