RIDBC Cochlear Implantation Service Launched

30/01/13
Cameron's switch-on is filmed as mum Lauren watches on.

Australians with hearing loss now have access to the most comprehensive range of audiological services from diagnosis through to clinical treatment from one service provider.

The launch of the RIDBC Cochlear Implantation Service ensures that people with hearing loss can access a seamless, end-to-end service through the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, said that RIDBC is committed to improving access to cochlear implantation across Australia and improving outcomes for people with hearing loss.

“With the launch of our new service, parents now have access to a streamlined service from diagnosis through cochlear implantation and early intervention,” said Mr Rehn.

“Children who have a cochlear implant require the consistent, quality, early intervention that RIDBC provides. RIDBC now offers this in conjunction with cochlear implantation services for children up to the end of school.”

The first implant recipient is six year old Cameron from Cairns who has been on RIDBC Teleschool service for twelve months and has been able to stay with RIDBC through the cochlear implantation process.  Cameron has Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS) which has caused a gradual hearing loss since birth.

“It’s always been our focus to prepare Cameron for life as a potentially deaf person,” said his mother Lauren. “We want to prepare him for success at school and to find out how to give him as many tools and options as possible to achieve this.”

“As his hearing loss has continued to decline, it became clear that a cochlear implant would give him the very best chance to get access to more speech sounds. We know there’s still a lot of work ahead for Cameron and for us as a family to help him use the cochlear implant to develop his vocabulary but we are really excited to get started.”

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.  As Australia’s premier provider of training and education for professionals in the field of sensory disability, RIDBC ensures that services delivered throughout government and non-government organisations remains cutting-edge.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.