Winter Holiday Activities

Chanukah and Christmas are almost here and I am practically bursting with excitement!  I just couldn’t wait any longer to post these ideas for making the most of this most wonderful time of the year!

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Thanksgiving Activities

It’s almost Thanksgiving.  Holidays are just packed with new listening and spoken language opportunities but sometimes, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, we lose these precious teaching moments.  Here are some tips for making the most of everyday learning opportunities during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Protecting Your Cochlear Implants from Static

The air is becoming cooler and crisper.  The smell of pumpkin pie is floating through the air.  Unfortunately, so is something else… STATIC!  Static electricity has the ability to “zap” a cochlear implant processor, wiping out all of the MAPs and programming information stored within.  Here are some tips to make it through “static season” with all of your MAPs intact:

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Sounds from Silence: Graeme Clark and the Bionic Ear Story

I just finished reading Sounds from Silence: Graeme Clark and the Bionic Ear Story written by Professor Graeme Clark, the inventor of the multichannel cochlear implant that today is the product made by Cochlear.  It was a fantastic read, and I was so drawn in that I stayed up all night to finish the book!

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Play It By Ear Seminar: Day Two


Joanna Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT and Teresa Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT (both from Hearts for Hearing)

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Bilateral Cochlear Implants: Reasons, Research, and Support

At the “Play It By Ear!” seminar, audiologist Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., CCC-A (Hearts for Hearing) gave lots of fantastic information about bilateral implants as part of a larger presentation on developments in audiology.  The information was so wonderful, and bilateral implants are such a “hot topic” right now, I decided that this subject deserved its own post.  Here, you will find information on the pros and cons of bilateral CIs, information about the timing of bilateral implants, the discussion about bilateral CIs vs. bimodal amplification (one CI and one HA), and resources to help make the case to insurance companies for why bilateral cochlear implants deserve insurance coverage.

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Play It By Ear Seminar: Day One


Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., CCC-A (Hearts for Hearing)

The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing published its latest position statement on October 1, 2007.  Some of the most significant changes are:

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Don’t Wait for New Hearing Technology: The Time Is NOW!

One of the most common concerns expressed by people considering a cochlear implant is, “What about new technology?  What about hair cell regeneration or fully implantable CIs?  Is now really the best time to take this leap of faith?”

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Tips for Improving Classroom Acoustics

Classroom acoustics are an important part of helping deaf student succeed in the mainstream.  While the easy to clean tile floors and large open spaces of most elementary school classrooms make them ideal for the messy, experiential learning that is so crucial to development in the first few years of school, they also add up to an acoustic nightmare for a student with impaired hearing.  Even a 15-20 dB loss (as quiet as leaves rustling!) can have significant educational impact.  How can you help?

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