Communication Matters

7 Tips When Buying Hearing Aids for Children

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on January 01, 2019

If your child has been diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss it’s likely that hearing aids have been recommended. Hearing aids can be life-altering for your child, allowing him/her to hear sounds often miss due to hearing loss. Hearing aids that are properly fitted early on can allow your child to develop speech and language skills to reach his/her full potential.

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Tags: toddler, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss, Hearing, Hearing Aid

How Hearing Loss Affects Speech-Language Development

Sharon Dundee | Posted on January 01, 2019

Children learn to talk by listening to those around them. The first few years of life are a critical time for speech and language development. Children must be able to hear speech clearly in order to learn language. Fluctuating hearing loss due to repeated ear infections might mean the child doesn't hear consistently and may be missing out on critical speech information. Permanent hearing loss will also affect speech and language development, especially if it is not detected early. The earlier hearing loss is identified and treated, the more likely the child will develop speech and language skills on par with children who aren’t experiencing hearing issues.

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Tags: toddler, talking, Voice, Learning, Hard of Hearing, Deaf, Hearing Loss, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing Aid, Speech

Benefits of Lullabies for Babies

Dr. Laura Brady | Posted on December 12, 2018

Music is hard wired in our brains at an early age. The ability to process music appears in specialized areas of the brain during the first few months after birth. It socially connects, communicates, coordinates and instigates neurological and physical movement, stimulates pleasure senses and hormones, alters perception, and shapes personal identities. 

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Tags: Hearing, Language, Communication

10 Interesting Facts about Ears & Hearing

Dr. Laura Brady | Posted on November 11, 2018
  1.  Children with normal hearing in both ears generally perform better with auditory tasks and processing sound in their right ear up until puberty.
  2. Ears are completely individual just like fingerprints! Yahoo has even explored technology that could unlock a cell phone when held to the ear.
  3. Of the 206 bones in the human body, the six smallest are in your ears: three in the right and three in the left. Together, each three are about the size of a pencil eraser.
  4. The hearing organ, called the cochlea, has 16,000 microscopic hair cells called sterocilia.
  5. The unit used to measure loudness – the decibel - was named after Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
  6. We turn the radio up when we drive on the highway and down when we are on side streets is due to the fact that those with normal hearing need sound levels to be nearly 10 decibels louder than background noise. This is referred to as the signal-to-noise ratio.
  7. Other than vision and proprioception (the ability to sense the orientation of your body in your environment), our primary organs of balance, known as the vestibular system, are located in the inner ear. There are three semi-circular, bony rings located on different levels which contain fluid that moves as we move.
  8. Ears are self-cleaning. Only the outer third of the ear canal produces ear wax (cerumen), which moves outward on tiny hairs as we move our lower jaw to talk or eat.
  9. Thunder is the sound accompanied by lightning, but often there is a delay between when we see lightning and hear the thunder. That’s because sound travels nearly 760 mph whereas light travels about 186,000 mph. This is why we see lightning before we hear thunder.
  10. The best way to measure the distance of lightning from your location is by counting the seconds (one Mississippi, two Mississippi…) between the lightning and thunder. For every five seconds you count, the storm is about one mile away.
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Tags: Hearing

My Child Needs Tubes in His Ears - What Does That Mean?

Dr. Laura Brady | Posted on November 11, 2018

Did you know the most frequent pediatrician visits, other than for well-child care, are for ear problems? And, did you know that the most common surgery performed on children in the U.S. is for “tubes in the ears,” which refers to Tympanostomy tube (myringotomy with pressure equalization – “PE tube”) placement is the most common surgery performed on children in the United States

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Tags: toddler, Hearing Loss, Hearing

Top 10 Tips to Adjust to New Hearing Aids

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on May 05, 2018

For most people, hearing loss occurs very gradually. The process of getting hearing aids, however, is not gradual. You walk into the audiologist's office, and a few minutes later you're hearing! It takes the brain time to get adjusted to the new sounds you'll be hearing through the hearing aids. To make the adjustment process a little easier, start with easy situations and work your way up to more difficult listening environments.

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

Communication Strategies for People with Hearing Loss

Bridgid M. Whitford Au.D, CCC-A | Posted on May 05, 2018

Hearing loss may make conversational speech seem very soft, or may prevent a person from hearing certain speech sounds at all. This is why people with hearing loss often say they can hear people talking, but can’t understand what they’re saying. They may be able to hear some sounds, so they can hear the person’s voice, but the hearing loss is blocking out the sounds that are vital to understanding. Usually, when a person is diagnosed with a hearing loss, hearing aids are recommended. Hearing aids are designed to amplify the sounds that the person needs the most, the sounds that they are unable to hear due to the hearing loss. Unfortunately, hearing aids have limitations and will not restore hearing to normal. Hearing aids are only part of the hearing loss puzzle. The best solution to increase hearing and understanding at the same time is to pair hearing aids with effective communication strategies.

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

What is Language - and How Does It Develop?

Michelle Foye, MA CCC-SLP | Posted on May 05, 2018

Language is the basis for all learning. Children first learn to communicate through eye contact, crying, vocalizing and gesturing. As they grow, they learn the language around them. Children then learn about their world through language by talking, playing and reading; parents and teachers use various forms of language to help children learn. Later, children learn about language as they grow older.

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Tags: Voice, Learning, Language, Speech, Hearing, Communication

Ordering Your Hearing Aids

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

Your Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) audiologist can place an order for your hearing aids. Before you can order a hearing aid, you must have your hearing tested. Once this testing is done, you should talk with your audiologist to decide which hearing aids are best for you, your hearing loss, and your lifestyle. Next, the audiologist will take an impression of your ear. During this process, she will put a putty-like material in your ear for about five to ten minutes. This material will harden to the shape of your ear so the hearing aid company can make your custom hearing aid.

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Tags: Hearing Loss, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Audiology, Hearing Aid

Causes & Treatment of Infant Hearing Loss

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

Infant hearing loss affects approximately 2-3 out of 1,000 live births (NIDCD).

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Tags: Hearing Loss, Support, Audiology, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention