Communication Matters

Newborn Hearing Testing & Your Baby

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on April 04, 2018

As of 2004, Ohio law requires that all Ohio hospitals and birthing centers must offer the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) before discharge. Technology allows for hearing to be checked at any age, including newborns. The methods used are safe, quick and effective. The hearing screening determines whether a more detailed evaluation of a baby's hearing is needed. These hearing screening reports must be sent by the birthing hospital to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

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Tags: Audiology, Hearing Aids, Hearing, Hearing Loss

7 Ways to Help the Child Who Stutters

Sharon Dundee | Posted on April 04, 2018

Compiled by Barry Guitar, Ph.D. and Edward G. Conture, Ph.D.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, Stuttering

Does Insurance Pay for Hearing Aids?

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on April 04, 2018

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center has had a long history of serving people with communication needs regardless of their ability to pay. Our Audiology Patient Assistance (APA) Program is available to those who require hearing aids and demonstrate financial need. In addition, we are a provider for Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care plans including CareSource. These programs are targeted to those who have limited financial resources.

However, traditionally, there has been essentially no financial support available for people who are working to pay bills and support families but for whom the cost of hearing aids could be prohibitive. Because of the high cost, many people who fall under this category would typically avoid treating their 
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Tags: Audiology, Hearing Aids, Hearing, Support

How the Wilson Reading System Can Help Your Child

Barbara Choudhury, SLP | Posted on March 03, 2018

The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a multi-sensory, research-based reading and writing program. It is a complete curriculum for teaching decoding (sounding out words) and encoding (spelling), beginning with phoneme segmentation. WRS directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling. Unlike other programs that overwhelm the student with rules, the language system of English is presented in a systematic and cumulative manner so that it is manageable. It provides an organized, sequential system with extensive controlled text to help teachers implement a multi-sensory structured language program.

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Tags: reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Learning

Technology & Tips for Improved Telephone Communication for People with Hearing Loss

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on March 03, 2018

For people with hearing loss, hearing on the telephone is often a struggle; whether conversing with friends or family, arranging a job interview, contacting a company’s customer service department, or scheduling a medical appointment.   

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Tags: Hearing Aid, Audiology, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss

Read Across America Day - March 2

Sharon Dundee | Posted on March 03, 2018

The National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Learning

World Hearing Day at CHSC

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2018

World Hearing Day, formally known as International Ear Care Day, is celebrated every year on March 3rd. The World Health Organization started this day in 2007 to promote better hearing health care through themes.  The 2018 theme is “Hear the future” - drawing attention to the anticipated increase in the number of people with hearing loss around the world in the coming decades. It will focus on three strategies (Prevention, Identification, Treatment) to stem the rise and outline steps to ensure access to the necessary rehabilitation services and communication tools and products for people with hearing loss.

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Tags: Hearing Aid, Audiology, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss

Prevent "Summer Slide" in Reading Skills

Barbara Choudhury, SLP | Posted on February 02, 2018

Summer vacation isn’t all fun and games (even if it should be).  Research shows that summer can take a toll on a student’s knowledge and skills-from mathematics to reading development.  Summer learning loss (“summer slide”) contributes substantially to the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students.  Luckily many types of summer programs can help keep a child's mind engaged over the summer.

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Tags: reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Reading Summer Camp

My Baby Needs Hearing Aids – Now What?

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on February 02, 2018

My beautiful baby is born and the feelings of joy are immense. Everything is brand new and a little overwhelming. The routine hearing screening at the hospital is performed. Wait. What? My baby needs more testing? But that doesn’t make sense! We have no history of hearing loss in the family and my baby is "healthy.” I do as suggested and schedule a full diagnostic test. The results show a permanent hearing loss. The audiologist is recommending hearing aids.

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Tags: Hearing Aid, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss

Your Child’s Speech Development: Birth to 5 Years

Michelle Foye, MA CCC-SLP | Posted on February 02, 2018

What to Look for at Various Ages

Birth to 6 Months

  • Responds to sounds (startles, turns head).
  • Quiets to familiar voices.
  • By 6 months, responds to name being called.
  • Vocalizes when talked to.
  • Begins to coo.
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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication