Communication Matters

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A

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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

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

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

How to Communicate with Your Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on February 02, 2018
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Communicating with your deaf or hard of hearing child is extremely important. The key to your child's language development and learning success is using two-way communication: that is, interacting with your child and encouraging your child to interact with you.
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Tags: Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss, American Sign Language, Interpreting, ASL

Development Success: Your Child's Team of Professionals

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on February 02, 2018
 
Mom and baby.jpgAs a parent, you will always want what is best for your child.  At times, however, you may not be certain where to turn for help when a problem arises. Be assured - there are numerous professionals available to assist. Following is a helpful list you may refer to when determining your next steps.
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Tags: Support, Caregiving

What is a Hearing Communication Disorder?

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

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound.

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

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

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