Australian Hearing Hub opens its doors for family fun

19 August 2014

To celebrate Hearing Awareness Week, the partner organisations of the Australian Hearing Hub (AHH) will host an open house event on Saturday August 23.

As 1 in 6 Australians are impacted by hearing loss, the open house will focus on healthy hearing, with opportunities for the local community to explore the amazing features of the North Ryde facility, arrange free hearing screening tests and a range of other hearing-related services offered within the hub.

The day has been designed for all ages, with everything from a jumping castle to tours of the hub’s anechoic chamber, a purpose-built room not often open to the public, where sound is completely absorbed to provide true silence.

As this event is one of the first for Hearing Awareness week, The Hon Jillian Skinner MP will open the festivities at midday. A range of short talks will also explore different topics, including stories from local ‘Hearing heroes’, such as Macquarie student Leah McConnell.

Leah’s journey with hearing loss started early: when she was 11 months old, Leah and her family were hit with the news that Leah was profoundly deaf in both ears. She was enrolled into an early intervention program and started a hearing aid trial, before receiving her first cochlear implant at four years of age.

It was still an uphill struggle for Leah to be accepted by the hearing world, but she was determined not to let her hearing loss place any limitations on what she could achieve. Now, she is studying at Macquarie University to become a teacher, and will share her inspirational story at the event.

'Hearing Hero' Leah will share her story at the Australian Hearing Hub Open House

‘Hearing Hero’ Leah will share her story at the Australian Hearing Hub Open House

Hot topics will be covered in a range of hearing-related talks:

  • How to protect your hearing at home, work and play
  • The Interactive Ear: Hearing loss and hearing technology made easy
  • Dealing with child and adolescent anxiety
  • Key ideas in early language development
  • How to help kids with dyslexia/reading difficulties

Other highlights of the celebration include:

  • Free hearing screening tests for adults and children (limited spaces and booking on the day is required)
  • Volume safety testing on music players and headphones
  • Free activities for children, including a jumping castle, face painting and more

Event details:
Saturday 23 August 2014, 12pm – 3pm (doors open at 11.45)
16 University Avenue, Macquarie University, Sydney
Free parking under the building (overflow parking available in W4)

Free registration: http://hearinghub.edu.au/australian-hearing-hub-open-house/

AHH partners include: Macquarie University, Australian Hearing, The National Acoustic Laboratories, Cochlear Limited, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, The Shepherd Centre, Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, The HEARing CRC. The Australian Hearing Hub is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Education Investment Fund.

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