There are a lot of reasons, research, and rationale to support the need for bilateral amplification for people with hearing loss. It’s pretty much a “given” at this point in our field, though, sadly, there are still some insurance companies and even hearing healthcare professionals who lag behind the curve. What should you consider if you or your child have just one cochlear implant and are thinking about going bilateral? How do you get a second ear “up to speed” if there’s a significant gap between implant dates? Is it worthwhile to continue using a hearing aid in the other ear after you receive a CI? How can users or bilateral hearing devices get the most out of their two ears?
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…
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.
“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?
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?
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.
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.
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?