Testing, Testing…

Testing and evaluations bring up many emotions in parents and children alike.  Used well, a comprehensive evaluation provides a measure of the child’s progress and a road map for the way forward.  But how are you supposed to untangle the web of jargon and questions surrounding your child’s testing?  Let’s discuss…

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Map Your Way to Better Speech

Common “knowledge” says that hearing happens with the ears and speech happens with the mouth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In reality, the loop between our ears, brain, and mouth creates an integrated cycle.  We only speak as well as we hear, and we only hear as well as our brain processes sound.  So what often seems like a “speech issue” can really be tied to hearing.  While it’s crucial to have appropriate Auditory Verbal Therapy services to help your child learn to listen and talk, it’s also important to understand how changes made in the audiology booth* can help to resolve these issues as well.

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Cochlear Implants, Residual Hearing, and Hybrid CIs

“When you get a cochlear implant, all of your natural hearing is destroyed.”
This used to be the common wisdom: get a cochlear implant, forgo any residual hearing (hearing that you have without the use of hearing devices).  Today, however, less traumatic surgical techniques and improved electrode arrays have proven this to be untrue.  What is the most current information?  

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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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What to Expect On Activation Day

The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here!  After the process of candidacy assessments, choosing a device, and surgery, it’s finally time to activate the cochlear implant.  I’ve written before about what to expect in the first few week’s after a child’s CI is activated, but what should you expect on your child’s activation day?

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Turned Down By Insurance? How to Write a Strong Appeal for Cochlear Implants

I’ve written quite a bit about how to appeal to your insurance for a cochlear implant -upgrade- new processor, but what if the insurance company turns you down before you even get out of the gate?  How can CI candidates appeal when insurance denies your request for CI surgery?

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Ear Care Tips

The World Health Organization has designated today, March 3rd, as International Ear Care Day.  According to the WHO, approximately 50% of cases of hearing loss worldwide could be avoided through primary prevention techniques.

 

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Great Expectations: Progress with a Cochlear Implant

Like any big decision, getting a cochlear implant involves just a little bit of a leap of faith.  No matter how much you research, there is no way to know 100% what will happen with the surgery, activation, or rehabilitation.  By and large, results are fantastic, but how can you know what to expect for your/your child’s speech, language, and listening progress?  Regardless of the individual candidate’s circumstances, a few rules apply across all situations: It’s All About the Brain, It’s All About Time, and It’s All About the Therapy.

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Borderline Cochlear Implant Candidates

For many who receive a CI, the choice is clear-cut: hearing aids simply do not provide sufficient benefit for language and listening to people with profound hearing loss when compared to the performance of a cochlear implant.  But what about hearing aid users who are doing “well enough” with their current technology, but are on the fence about whether or not a cochlear implant is the right option for them?

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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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