Conquer the Cafeteria

I’ve written before about difficult listening situations: large group presentations, meetings at work, crowded restaurants, but one that comes up most frequently for students with hearing loss is the dreaded cafeteria.  The room is often an acoustic nightmare, but time spent socializing with friends on a break between classes cannot be replaced.  What’s a student to do?  Here are some tips to conquer the cafeteria.

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FAQs about Hearing Loss, Hearing Technology, and Auditory Verbal Therapy

When you meet someone new, one of the first questions we tend to ask is, “What do you do?”  When I tell people that I teach children with hearing loss to listen and speak, it’s a real conversation starter.  Here are some of my most frequently asked questions about hearing loss, hearing technology, and Auditory Verbal Therapy.  What are yours?

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A “Why Not?” Attitude Toward Hearing Loss

Learning that your child has hearing loss can be a world-shaking event for parents.  The truth is, though millions of people around the world have hearing loss, most parents have little prior experience with people who are deaf or hard of hearing before discovering that their child is suddenly a member of this group.  Many people’s only experience with hearing loss is their hard-of-hearing grandfather whose hearing aids whistle all the time, or the person they’ve seen signing on TV, or even, sadly, deaf peddlers they’ve encountered on the street.  In short, families are plunged into an entirely unfamiliar world.

 
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Back to School Guide for Students with Hearing Loss

Can you believe that August is here already and it’s time to start thinking about getting back into the school routine?  The beginning of the school year is an exciting time, but it can also be filled with anxiety on the part of parents, students with hearing loss, and school staff.  How will other students react to my child’s cochlear implants?  How can I best teach a child with hearing loss in my classroom?  How can I give my students the skills they need to build strong peer relationships?  How can I keep track of my child’s hearing equipment at school?  How do I write a strong IEP?

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Helping Classmates Understand Hearing Loss

In the past month, I’ve had some incredible opportunities to spend time with a group of children I don’t often see — children with typical hearing — teaching them about hearing loss and how better to understand their classmate who is deaf.  They’ve taught me a lot about hearing loss from a child’s-eye view and how we as parents and professionals can help all children be more integrated in their environment.

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Insurance Coverage for CI Surgery and Upgrades

One great thing about having multiple cochlear implant manufacturers is that they are constantly innovating and producing new technology!  A new processor launch is thrilling, and the first question on everybody’s mind is, “When can I get my hands on it?!?”  Unfortunately, the second question is often, “Will my insurance cover it?!?”  Here are some tips for how to make the case for a CI processor upgrade:

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Insurance Coverage for Auditory Verbal Therapy

In the United States, there are significant differences in insurance coverages from state to state, and even between plans from different insurance carriers.  This information is intended to be a general overview with tips that may help in your particular insurance situation.

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Health Literacy

You probably know that “literacy” refers to the ability to understand language through reading and writing.  Health literacy is the ability to understand information about healthcare and use that information to make informed decisions for yourself or those in your care.  Why is this important for those of us in the Listening and Spoken Language professions?

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Your IFSP/IEP Tool Kit

The process of preparing an Individual Family Service Plan (ages birth to three) or an Individualized Education Plan (ages three to twenty-one), can be a nerve-wracking process for even the most resilient parent of a child with hearing loss.  These meetings can be stressful, emotional, painful, confrontational… and good.  While there are many factors that may be out of your control, there are also quite a few things that you, as the parent, can do to build the strongest case for what your child needs.

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