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

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

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

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

Happy Birthday Helen Newell Garfield

Sharon Dundee | Posted on January 01, 2018

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Tags: Audiology, Communication, Hearing, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss

6 Tips for Hearing in Restaurants

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on January 01, 2018

Many of our social interactions revolve around going out to eat; sharing a meal and time with friends and family. But, enjoying a quiet restaurant dining experience may seem nearly impossible. Trying to hold a conversation, hear others talking at your table or, hear and understand the wait-staff and hostess in noisy restaurants can prove challenging - even for normal hearing individuals.  If you are hearing impaired it becomes exponentially worse.

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Tags: Hearing Aid, Audiology, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing

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 is now available to the public.

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Tags: Audiology, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention, Teens

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

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