Tuesday, January 26, 2010


You may know that CICADA exists as a support group for Cochlear Implant users. Our very own Roma Wood OAM is on the Committee.

Webpage - http://www.cicada.org.au/
Their up-coming events are available on the Activities - Calendar link
Check the Membership link for those details

They have an event planned for February 14 2010 at SCIC, Gladesville, with guest speakers, and interesting discussion regarding latest cochlear equipment developments. Oh, and a sausage sizzle too!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Know someone who is hearing impaired?

Maybe they could benefit from not being isolated.

They could
• learn speech-reading at our classes
• participate in the BHA craft circle
• mix with a fun group of people, who happen to be hearing impaired
• join in our other activities

Support Better Hearing Australia [Sydney branch] - Join today.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Grenfell Lipreading Classes

The introductory lipreading classes will re-commence in Grenfell on Tuesday 2nd February 2010.
The group meets in the group room at Grenfell Community Health, Camp Street Grenfell.
The classes are for an hour from 11am to 12 noon.
There were six starters when we began in November 2009.

Here's a map of the location

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DBCDE Report - Access to Electronic Media

via the Deafness Forum
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy [Minister Stephen Conroy] has released the report "Access to Electronic Media for the Hearing and Vision Impaired: Approaches for Consideration".

The report is available for viewing at

Members of the public are encouraged to obtain a copy of this report and submit their comments on the issues raised. Submissions are due by 29 January 2010.

Download the
Guidelines for Submissions

Media Release about DVD accessibility

The Deafness Forum has circulated a media release from the Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (AVSDA) regarding their commitment to audio description and captioning on DVDs.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Cochlear Handy hint - microphone

This may apply to some hearing aids as well - I don't know
With your Cochlear Implant, freedom style you may have received an extension lapel microphone.
Here's a technique I have found to be quite handy, when out in the backyard - against cicadas, birds aeroplanes, wind and background noise.
  • Connect the lapel microphone to your speech processor - get your audiologist to show you if you don't know how.
  • Using a piece of velcro or sticky tape attach the microphone body to a chopstick on bamboo skewer, say 30cm long.
  • Now you can 'interview' your guests - this puts the microphone closer to them by 0.5m. I find the 'noise reduction' setting to be the most effective.
  • Also - too much wind? In the TV/video industry they use a fluffy microphone called a 'dead cat'. They don't exist in the size we need - 1cm x 2cm.
  • I have used a spectacle soft drawstring bag to good effect and will try a finger from a children's glove. This will fit better and be less cumbersome.

More tips as they come to hand...