Australia’s Cochlear Implant Sounding Good To China


China has about 20 million people with hearing and speech disorders according to the latest national census. 3 million are deaf and 17.7 million have hearing loss but only 2% of Chinese have access to hearing aids. Aside from this, there is an estimated 800,000 children below 7 years old with hearing loss who would benefit from cochlear implant. This figure is expected to increase by 20,000–30,000 every year because about 30,000 babies are born with hearing difficulty each year. The major causes of hearing loss in China include infection, heredity, presbycusis, otitis media, and noise-induced hearing loss. Australia’s Cochlear Implant sees a good potential market in China to help its citizens have a good aural healthcare.

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf. It directly translates soundwaves into signals and sends to the brain which allows the user to perceive sound. CI not only amplifies sound but also improves speech perception and reduces tinnitus. The Cochlear Implant was pioneered at the University of Melbourne. A systematic review shows evidence of the effectiveness of cochlear implant in people with bilateral hearing loss. CI improves hearing in noisy environments (like our ACM Group office) for people with severe hearing loss. It also improves overall hearing ability, reduces tinnitus and quality of life.

The ageing population and the number of children affected by hearing loss in China gives Australia’s Cochlear, the leader in hearing implant technology a huge opportunity to help the Chinese people. The huge market let the company predict increase sales in China. CI penetration in China is currently less than 5% of potential paediatric candidates, but cochlear implantation is continuing to expand at great speed, and it is hoped that the infrastructure and capacity will continue to grow and develop.

The rapidly developing technology in China aims to identify and treat people with hearing and speech-language disorders. Bosch China launched the world’s first standardized Chinese language speech audiometric system. In 2015. It is designed as speech testing software to assess people’s hearing abilities and evaluate the clinical effect of medical devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. This system is expected to help develop the audiology sector in China to adapt to the international standards of speech audiometry.

China is also currently developing low-cost alternatives in hearing implant. Health regulators in China give local company Nurotron an approval to sell its implant on the mainland. There is an increased competition from the local rival Nurotron and other lower-cost brands because of the price factor. But the Chinese government keeps a part of the national tender open to foreign companies to boost quality and make the local implant industry better. Although the price of the local devices are lower compared to Australia’s Cochlear, the leading hearing implant manufacturer can still compete in China.  It predicts increased sales in China because of its quality and continues innovation.

Hearing technology leader Australia’s Cochlear Implant continues to innovate to maintain its international market leadership.  The HEARing CRC with Dr. Andrew Vandali, its Project Leader is currently developing sound processing technology that works better with tonal language particularly Mandarin to adapt to the Chinese market. This project is determining how sound coding schemes in implants be changed to better present pitch and inter-aural time cues for their wearers. The Hearing (Re)habilitation section of HEARnet Learning offers training modules to help health professionals in China to develop new skills and knowledge in the clinical habilitation and rehabilitation of hearing loss and hearing impairment. HEARnet Learning also has free online training to help patients get the best out of their cochlear implants.

Asian Horses in Australia: Who to Back in 2016?

The folks at ACM Group can’t help but take a punt on the horses every once in a while. We love the thrill associated with gambling, and as horse racing is the sport of kings you can tell where our hearts lie when we do choose to take a little flutter.

The great tradition in Australia, is of course, selling our horses into Asia. We began to develop our horse industry by importing our first horses from India, England and the US, but by the fourth decade of the nineteenth century Australia had enough horses to begin exporting them. Some New South Wales army officers sold a shipment of horses to India for cavalry remounts in eighteen thirty. This exporting of horses to India would continue up until around nineteen thirty. This trade included the sale of Australian thoroughbred horses to India, where a racing industry had been established.

Through the British colonial connection Australia also supplied racehorses to Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The Japanese were customers as well, when their military bought some eleven thousand horses as remounts for their army. During the years of the First World War more than one hundred and twenty thousand Aussie horses were shipped into West Asia. These horses were rated as superior to the Arab breed and they were extolled by their users, such as the Australian Light Horse. In nineteen nineteen Australian horses competed in Egypt and were successful in a number of racing events.

During the nineteen fifties Australian thoroughbreds were exported to Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan. The strong bond with horse racing in Hong Kong and Malaysia has maintained through the decades of the twentieth century a substantial Australian input into these race clubs and their industry as a whole. Asian investment in Australian racing has seen them as racehorse owners contribute to the strong financial growth of the industry over the last three decades. Asian owners have been investing in breeding studs in Western Australia for many years. Asian owners have won many of the feature races in Australia over the last twenty years. Horse racing betting may be the next frontier.

In recent years we have seen Japanese horses successful in Melbourne and Caulfield Cups. The strong link between Japan and Australia in the horse racing field sees horses from both countries competing to win each other’s feature races. The Middle East, which is categorised as part of Asia, has seen horses and owners from Dubai and the other Arab Emirates competing for featured prize money in Australia for a couple of decades at least. Horse racing at the Group 1 level is, now, a highly international affair with horses bred on one continent regularly racing on other continents. Asian horses in Australia: who to back in 2016? I am sure that there will be a bevy of then to choose from.

Inspirational Quotes

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In order to develop a certain inner progress the artist’s thing is very much influential and helpful. I mean, helpful as well as harmful.. It depends on the meaning that the artist is conveying.. Now, you see, certain art is made to have an impact on hatred, or anger, such things.. and that is harmful.. In any way, the artists with their art, and with this ritual thing, have powerful means to give a message… – Dalai Lama

As you have been saying this I have been thinking that there are.. I have heard of, two ways of doing paintings.. One is that a person thinks beforehand in thought of what the painting will be.. and then paints it out.. And that would be like the thought approach.. But then there is another one, where the person does not think about it beforehand, but just spontaneously does whatever seems appropriate.. And that would be a thoughtless approach, even throwing paint onto the canvas and so forth, but a work of art coming out. – Dalai Lama
It seems that with the artist, first there is the inner feeling and the thought, and then there is the expression of this in an artistic way.. whereas for the audience there is first the reception of this expression and then a change in thought. – Dalai Lama

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make. ~Bruce Lee

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet. ~ Kojiro Tomita