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Young people and hearing impairment: hearing aids and cochlear implants

This clip shows young people describing the challenges of using a hearing aid or cochlear implant. They discuss the difference the electronic devices make to their hearing levels, and the effort of consistently using the devices and keeping them safe. Feelings of self-consciousness and perceptions of feeling different to ...


Fitpack syringe container and disposable syringes, 1991

This is a Fitpack syringe container and disposable syringes. The container is rectangular and made from matte black plastic (polypropylene). At the top is a self-hinged click-fit lid with an instructional label adhered to the inside. Unused packaged disposable syringes (partly visible) are housed within a single large compartment. ...


Scholl foot arch supports and inserts, 2003-04

These are Scholl foot arch supports and inserts. They were manufactured from thermoplastic elastomer, cardboard and plastic by Bayly Design Associates, Victoria, between 2003 and 2004. The arch supports are clear flexible plastic. The inserts are kidney-shaped, and vary in colour and hardness. The blue inserts are stamped ...


'Nucleus' wearable speech processor, 1984

This is a 'Nucleus' speech processor, manufactured from metal, plastic and electronic components by Cochlear Limited, Sydney. The unit is rectangular with silver metal and blue plastic. There is a control knob and switch at the top end of the unit. A cable for the headset is attached to a second knob at top end. 'Nucleus' ...


Cochlear 'SPrint' speech processor, c1997

This is a rectangular beige 'SPrint' speech processor with LCD screen, manufactured from plastic and electronic components by Cochlear Limited, New South Wales. The processor is labelled with product information on the back. It is accompanied by a tan-coloured earpiece.


Demonstration kit for 'Nucleus freedom' implant system, 2005

This is a demonstration kit for a 'Nucleus freedom' implant system inside a bronze-coloured suitcase with a silver-coloured handle and locks. It was manufactured from metal, plastic and electrical components by Cochlear Limited, Sydney. The components of the system include a 'Nucleus freedom' implant, speech processor and ...


ResMed flow generator and humidifier, 2005-06

This is an S8 AutoSet Spirit flow generator and a HumidAire 3i humidifier, manufactured from plastic and metal by ResMed, New South Wales, between 2005 and 2006. The flow generator is grey, black and white plastic, and it has an LCD screen, control buttons and a handle. A cylinder protrudes from the lower right corner. ...


VentrAssist implantable blood pump, 2006

This is a VentrAssist implantable blood pump designed by Ventracor and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1997-99 and made by Ventracor in 2006. It features a titanium heart-shaped pump attached to a blue rectangular control box via a metal-and-plastic lead. The control box has a liquid ...


Akhurst and Kitz families picnicking at Red Bluff, Point Ormond, 1897

This is a black-and-white or sepia photograph featuring the Akhurst and Kitz families at Red Bluff, Point Ormond, at Elwood in 1897. The Akhurst and Kitz families were very close at this time. From left to right we see, in the foreground: Alice Akhurst, probably Paul Kitz jnr, Sidney Akhurst, Frida Akhurst, Beatrice Akhurst, ...


Brass observation hole, c1900

This brass observation hole was installed on a door at Ballarat Mental Hospital, Victoria in order to observe patients.


Electroconvulsive therapy machine, c1953-60

This is an electroconvulsive therapy machine, consisting of a sealed metal box with dials, lights and printed lettering, with an electric lead and plug. It was made by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd around 1953-60. It is part of the Psychiatric Services Collection at Museum Victoria. The machine is 16.0 cm long ...


Electroencephalograph, c1970

This Electroencephalograph was used by the neurosciences department at Monash Medical Centre to record electrical activity in patients' brains. Its overall dimensions are: length 120 cm, width 60 cm, height 65 cm.


Milton Coutt's anaesthetic machine, c1939

Manufactured in 1939, this anaesthetic machine was used by the surgical unit at Mont Park Mental Hospital in the Melbourne surburb of Bundoora.


Schimmelbusch's anaesthetic mask, c1950

This Schimmelbusch's chloroform mask was used in dental or medical surgery to anaesthetise patients at a Victorian mental hospital. It is 10.50 cm long, 6.00 cm wide 19.00 cm high.


Bellamy Gardner's anaesthetic mask, c1950

Devised by Bellamy Gardner, this chloroform mask was used in dental or medical surgery at a Victorian mental hospital to anaesthetise patients. It is 8.50 cm long, 6.00 cm wide and 15.50 cm high.


Young people and hearing impairment: diagnosis

This clip shows young people explaining the nature of their personal hearing impairment. They discuss the extent of their hearing loss and some mention the type of aids they use (hearing aid and/or cochlear implant) to help them hear. They refer to other members of their families who also have a hearing loss. This clip ...


Young people and hearing impairment: school life

This clip shows students discussing experiences that have affected their ability to hear in the classroom and the strategies used to assist communication at school. They explain that peers at school are not always aware of their hearing impairment and express frustration that peers sometimes use the hearing technologies ...


Young people and hearing impairment: challenges

This clip shows young people with hearing impairments discussing some of the challenges they face. The difficulty of caring for hearing equipment and the limits to its effectiveness in noisy situations is mentioned. Several students reveal the effects of teasing and bullying at school and their subsequent hurt and withdrawal. ...


Young people and hearing impairment: social life

This clip shows young people talking about some of the social aspects of living with hearing impairment. Topics covered include peer networks and the support and recreational services accessed. They also share communication strategies that are critical to their participation in recreational pursuits. This clip provides ...


Young people and hearing impairment: support

This clip shows young people with hearing impairment talking about the people in their lives who provide support, such as parents, relatives, teachers and teaching assistants. They explain the ways in which this support is offered, and the way it makes them feel. They offer advice on creating a supportive environment for ...