RIDBC launches iPad app at the Australian Hearing Hub

18/04/13
Screenshots of Dingle Dangle Scarecrow iPad appDingle Dangle Scarecrow iPad app

To coincide with the official opening of the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) will be launching an iPad app aimed at helping children – including those who have hearing loss – to develop their listening and language skills.

A group of children with hearing loss from across Australia will have the opportunity to use the app for the very first time on Thursday 18 April at the Australian Hearing Hub.

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, said that early diagnosis along with advances in technologies such as high-powered hearing aids and cochlear implants have ensured children who are deaf have more opportunities than ever to reach their potential.

“Increasingly, mainstream technology is helping to provide access for children with hearing loss. The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow app provides parents with techniques and strategies to assist them in fostering important language skills,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

Even with cochlear implants or hearing aids, children who are deaf must learn to understand the new sounds they hear - they have to learn how to interpret words and they have to learn to develop speech.  This takes hard work from a dedicated family and specialist teachers and therapists but the results are remarkable.

“Resources such as the app we’ve developed, enhance the learning experience for children who are deaf and reinforce the important listening skills they will need to learn language – but in a fun and engaging way,” he said.

This is the third in a series of apps based around popular children’s songs, offering sing-a-long music and interactive games aimed at reinforcing a child’s listening and language skills.

Click here to download the iPad app.

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

“Australia is truly at the forefront of not only research into hearing loss and associated technologies, but also early diagnosis and early intervention which is crucial to success. The research and collaboration enabled through the Australian Hearing Hub is benefitting the next generation of children with hearing loss to reach their potential.”

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government 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.

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