Minister Launches Hearing Implant Program For Kids

Minister Launches Hearing Implant Program For Kids

Western Australia Minister for Community Services Tony Simpson

Turning Up The Volume For Kids With Hearing Loss

Victor P Taffa

  • Suite of services for children with hearing loss and their parents over many years
  • Funded by $286,000 State Government grant

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson has today launched EnginEars, the State’s most ambitious hearing implant program for kids.








Helping newborn babies, children and teenagers with severe hearing loss, the program offers a range of hearing implant options and a comprehensive suite of services under one roof, and over many years.

The program is funded by a $286,000 grant from the State Government. It is a partnership between the School of Special Educational Needs: Sensory and the Ear Science Institute Australia.

The program is not just about children, but the whole family, providing support for families throughout from diagnosis through to treatment and ongoing care. It helps look after the child’s hearing loss, language, cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. The young adult can access cochlear implant and associated services for the rest of their life.

“The Liberal National Government is extremely proud to be helping improve the quality of life of WA children with ear and hearing disorders.” Mr. Simpson said.

Fact File

  • In December 2012, the State Government approved a Social Enterprise Fund grant for $286,000 to the Ear Science Institute of Australia for its paediatric cochlear implant program
  • The project runs from March 2013 to June 2015
  • The institute is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving ear and hearing outcomes with a focus on research, education, training and clinical services
  • Since 1949, the School of Special Educational Needs: Sensory (incorporating WA Institute of Deaf Education) provides educational support to students with vision impairment, deafness and deaf/blindness. Services are delivered to students in public and private schools, through deaf education facilities, and in the home for younger children