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

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

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

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

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