Cathy now hears the world around her — an experience she describes as amazing.

As most of us wind down as the year ends, Cathy and her husband Keith are just getting started. The Blacktown couple are Santa and Mrs Claus at a host of Western Sydney venues — from pre-schools to shopping centres and in their own home where it all began.

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RIDBC Volunteers

This International Volunteer Day we say thanks to the fantastic volunteers who give so much of their time and expertise so that RIDBC can do more for those who need us.

This year’s theme is “Volunteer for an inclusive future”, an inspiring and relevant message for our volunteers. In 2019 we had 160 volunteers who dedicate their talents and time to support RIDBC. To our volunteers, thank you.

The one thing all outreach visits have in common is they are improving the ear health amongst indigenous children.

The team at the RIDBC Jim Patrick Audiology Centre have been attending outreach programs to various parts of the state for over 16 years.

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RIDBC Orthoptists work closely with parents, therapists and educators in pre-school, school and home environments. They perform comprehensive functional vision assessments and provide recommendations to assist children to maximise the use of their vision.

After 47 years of wearing hearing aids, she made the decision to get a cochlear implant.

When talking about the benefits of a cochlear implant, Carolyn Simpson is clear - "I wish I had done this ten years ago. It's the best thing I ever did in my life."

In late October, Marc Valente will travel to Hong Kong to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific Deaf Games

Marc Valente is a passionate man. Spending time with him quickly reveals his two loves - family and football.