From the Field: Australian Quotarians Listening & Learning in the Big Smoke

Quotarians in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and/or speech difficulties, in their community, country, and even overseas.  Recently, ten of their members visited the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University to catch up with the latest developments in the field.

The Australian Hearing Hub’s new state of the art facility has attracted industry leaders to drive innovation and collaboration. During their visit to the Hub, Quotarians interacted with:

  1. Australian Hearing, one of Australia’s leading hearing specialists and largest provider of Government funded hearing service.  The Hub is also home to the National Acoustic Laboratories which are the research division of National Hearing.
  1. The Shepherd Centre which opens up a world of sound for children with hearing loss and their families with their internationally recognised early intervention and first sounds implant programs.  The staff work closely with children and their families so that the parents can develop their children’s listening and speaking skills.
  1. The Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children which, among its many different areas, has a Cochlear Implant program.
  1. Cochlear Limited. The cochlear ear was invented by Australian Professor Clark and provides a hearing option for people with significant hearing loss who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids, and the device is way ahead of anything else in the world.

The Quotarians were told of the history of the cochlear ear and then, through a glass panel, watched them being assembled.  The extremely clean room had a fixed environment.  Temperature and humidity were fixed and workers wore full body garments, from boots, overalls, hoods, masks and gloves, to ensure that the final products were ready and safe for implantation.

Quota clubs around the world do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and speech difficulties, including  financing scholarships to people in the field for further research and training, and it is much appreciated.

Quota International of Parkes visit the Australian Hearing Hub

Post was submitted by Quota International of Parkes member, Pam Nankivell.

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