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

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

Buying Hearing Aids: CHSC Audiologists vs. Online or Over the Counter

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

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center audiologists are highly trained professionals. We have Doctoral and Master’s degrees in audiology and we have devoted our careers to helping you hear better. At CHSC, We believe that life is improved by successful communication. We are dedicated to helping people hear better so they can fully enjoy the people and activities that bring meaning to each day.

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

What is the Difference Between a Cochlear Implant and a Hearing Aid?

Ruth Clark, MA., CCC-A | Posted on April 04, 2018

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are both electronic devices that help improve hearing. How they do that is what makes them very different.

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

What is a Cochlear Implant?

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

A cochlear implant is a small, surgically implanted electronic device that can help to provide access to sound to people with severe to profound hearing loss and those who cannot hear or understand speech with hearing aids. While hearing aids make sound louder, cochlear implants directly stimulate the nerve fibers in the inner ear (cochlea). An implant does not create normal hearing; instead, under the appropriate conditions, it can give a deaf individual useful auditory understanding of speech and environmental sounds.

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

Say Goodbye to Batteries! Introducing: Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Rachel Lester, BS, Audiology Intern | Posted on April 04, 2018

One of the top complaints of those who wear hearing aids centers around batteries. Batteries typically last for three days to two weeks depending on the size of the battery, the type of hearing loss, and the size and type of the hearing aid. Batteries can be expensive to purchase. In addition, for those with limited mobility in the hands, arthritis or tingling or numbness in the fingertips, or low vision, changing the batteries can be difficult or impossible. There is now an alternative to changing hearing aid batteries so often: rechargeable hearing aids!

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

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: Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing, Hearing Aid, Audiology, Hearing Aids, Communication