Communication Matters

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

Hearing Loss: Be Your Own Self-Advocate

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

Self-advocacy encompasses learning how to speak up for yourself. It involves surrounding yourself with individuals that will support you in your journey, being knowledgeable regarding your rights, and being able to voice your rights to others. Advocating for yourself will not only lead to success in life, but it will help break down barriers and educate others about hearing loss. Living with a disability presents challenges, but fear not - with the appropriate support systems, strategies, and knowledge, you can learn to improve your quality of life. 

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Tags: Hearing Loss, Hearing, Audiology, Support, Communication

6 Signs You May Have Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss typically presents gradually and goes unnoticed for quite some time until it starts interfering with daily communication. You may be compensating for your hearing loss without even realizing it.

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Tags: Hearing Loss, Audiology, Hearing

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: Hearing Loss, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Audiology

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: Support, Hearing, Hearing Aids, 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

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

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