RIDBC welcomes the Australian Hearing Hub

Arthur, his mum and Lynne in the playroom at the new Australian Hearing Hub centre.Arthur, his mum and Lynne in the playroom at the new Australian Hearing Hub centre.


The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) welcomes the official opening of the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, Wednesday 17 April.

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

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.

“Early diagnosis through newborn hearing screening has ensured that children who are deaf are able to access specialist early intervention from just a few weeks of age.  For those families who decide for their child to learn to listen and speak, we focus on giving them access to the sounds needed to develop language, either through cochlear implants or hearing aids,” said Mr 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.

“Every day I hear great outcomes from children who are deaf – whether I speak to a three year old with language that is better than their hearing peers or a school leaver who gets 98% on their HSC.

“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.