Communication Matters

How to Respond to Communication-Related Tantrums

Megan Ahlman, M.A. CCC-SLP | Posted on November 11, 2017

Communicating can be frustrating for both parents, and toddlers!  Toddlers often know what they want, but are not yet able to express their wants accurately to caregivers.  Communication breakdowns happen when toddlers point or whine, sending an unclear message to the adult they’re communicating with.

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Tags: Communication

How to Prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Dr. Laura Brady | Posted on November 11, 2017

Ok. I have to be real about this.

Back in the day, before I became an audiologist, I did some really unkind, unhealthy things to my hearing.  Pretty please, promise you won’t tell my 14 year old.  You know, as the saying goes  “do as I say not as I did."

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Tags: Hearing Aids, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention

Prevent "Summer Slide" in Reading Skills

Barbara Choudhury, SLP | Posted on November 11, 2017

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

Sound Choices for Kids & Teens

Dr. Laura Brady | Posted on November 11, 2017

According to the National Center of Disease Statistics, 5.2 million children between the ages of 6-19 years have hearing loss directly related to noise exposure.

CHSC is proud to announce that our Sound Choices program – video, student and teacher materials and interactive games are now available to the public on our website at www.chsc.org/soundchoices.

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Tags: Audiology, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention, Teens

What is a Speech Sound Disorder?

Sharon Dundee | Posted on November 11, 2017

A speech sound (or articulation) disorder is when your child has difficulty making speech sounds. For example, if a child says “dup” when he is trying to say “cup”, this is a problem with speech sounds. Many children with speech disorders are also hard for others to understand.  Children begin building speech skills from birth, then develop sounds over time, and eventually, use all speech sounds correctly. Using the earlier example, it would be fine if a twelve-month-old child said “dup” for “cup”, but that would not be expected from a four-year-old child.  A child has a speech disorder when she is unable to make sounds that would be expected for her age. Both children and adults can have a speech disorder. It can occur as a result of a medical problem or have no known cause.

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Tags: Speech, Language

How "Clear Speech" Helps Those with Hearing Loss

Sharon Dundee | Posted on November 11, 2017

Using Clear Speech is effective in dealing with hearing loss.As audiologists at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, we are best known for rehabilitating hearing loss.  However, we don’t stop at evaluating your hearing.  We care about communication.  When you come to one of our audiologists for a diagnostic hearing evaluation, we discuss with you your lifestyle and your communication needs.  We talk to you about how your specific hearing loss impacts your ability to communicate in a wide range of listening environments.  Just as important— we work with family, friends, and other communication partners to help them better understand how to communicate with a loved one who has hearing loss.  During May - Better Hearing and Speech Month - we want to discuss how Clear Speech can lead to better hearing.  The following strategies can help you improve your communication with family and friends who have a hearing loss.

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Tags: Speech, Audiology, Communication, Hearing

Why Communication Matters

Sharon Dundee | Posted on November 11, 2017

Only through communication can human life hold meaning.
– Paulo Freire

Welcome to the blog for Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC). As the premier provider of hearing, speech-language and deaf programs, services and advocacy, CHSC will keep you updated as to the latest information, tips, resources, research and more related to all things communication-based. If you are wondering how important the gift of communication can be - consider these

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication

Testing Your Baby's Hearing

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on November 11, 2017

I remember the days my children were born clearly….well, kind of. Some moments are crystal clear and will be etched in my memory til the end of time - “Your baby boy has red hair!” “It’s a girl!” In contrast; many of the details were a complete blur - countless nurses, doctors, aides, monitors and medications. There were informational videos to watch, and tearful meetings with lactation consultants. The constant hum of activity allowed for very little sleep.

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Tags: Audiology

Developing Social Skills in Young Children

Sharon Dundee | Posted on November 11, 2017

Social skills are the ways we use our language skills in social situations. Social communication is important in developing effective interpersonal skills and is critical to various aspects of our daily life. Social skills are important in childhood and adulthood. What is the relationship between social skills and speech-language skills/disorders?

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Tags: Speech

Over the Counter Hearing Aids: the Real Story

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on November 11, 2017

“Do I really need a hearing aids?”

“Is my hearing that bad?”

“I am only here because my kids think I need a hearing aid”

Audiologists hear comments like this throughout their day.

Unfortunately, hearing aids have not gained the same mainstream popularity and fashion forward statement that eyeglasses have. Despite the fact that 360 million people worldwide have hearing loss and that nearly 50% of people over 75 years of age have hearing loss, there is still wide spread resistance to trying hearing aids.

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Tags: Audiology, Hearing Aids, Communication