Australian Hearing Device Shows Whether Deaf Babies Benefit From Hearing Aids

A hearing device developed in Australia has been hailed a success for its ability to show whether deaf babies are benefitting from hearing aids and cochlea implants.

The device, which cost $2.2 million over 11 years to make, measures changes in brainwave patterns via electrodes placed on a new-born’s head.

Welcomed as a step forward, until now there has been no test that can tell how much hearing some babies had until the child was old enough to cooperate. However the new technology, dubbed HearLab, will let parents see via a computer screen what sounds the brain is detecting.

Professor Harvey Dillon from National Acoustic Laboratories, said: “With HearLab we will be able to test these babies even when they are only a few weeks old.”

The latest invention shows how Australian scientists are leading the world in research into deafness and hearing loss, as evident by the fact that they developed the world’s first bionic ear in 1978.

Minister Tanya Plibersek, Human Services for the Australian Labor Party, said: “This incredible device will help bring sound into the lives of children across the nation.”

So if your baby could benefit from a resound alera hearing aid or a unitron passport, then get the bundle of joy tested as soon as possible to better its quality of life.

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