RIDBC Audiologist Elise Coombs (left) with Port Macquarie resident and cochlear implant recipient Marianne Kilmurray.

In a first for the state of NSW, RIDBC have partnered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District to provide end-to-end cochlear implant services at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and the newly refurbished RIDBC Port Macquarie centre.

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Drisana with RIDBC Thomas Pattison School students

Former Young Australian of the Year and advocate for the Deaf community, Drisana Levitzke-Gray, will be attending Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children on Friday, 22nd September 2017, to share her journey and experiences as a Deaf person.

RIDBC Alice Betteridge School held its annual Literacy, Numeracy and Science Open Day

To celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Alice Betteridge School held its annual Literacy, Numeracy and Science Open Day on Wednesday 6 September. RIDBC Alice Betteridge School provides an environment in which students who have hearing and/or vision loss, as well as a level of intellectual impairment, receive a tailored education program to optimise their participation and learning.

Andrew celebrates Father's Day with his daughter Lola.

For Baulkham Hills father, Andrew, Father’s Day is particularly special with thanks to support from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

At just 7 weeks of age Lola was diagnosed with congenital bilateral cataracts. Shortly after diagnosis, Lola had her first eye operation. Her journey began with RIDBC at 10 months old and through expert early intervention she has transitioned seamlessly to preschool.

Lola is now four years old and is learning new skills with support from RIDBC. 

WaiKong Lai - Senior Research Engineer at RIDBC

On Monday July 3, SCIC Cochlear Implant Program welcomed WaiKong Lai to the organisation’s expanding team of professionals.
Joining the organisation as a Senior Research Engineer, WaiKong has been involved in an array of deafness and cochlear implant research studies, holding a Bachelor degree in Engineering, a Masters of Engineering Science and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.


During Hearing Awareness Week, 20 – 26 August, 2017, RIDBC advises that there is no age limit for a cochlear implant. If you are struggling to hear, even with hearing aids, a cochlear implant may be for you.