Paint Chips and Auditory Discrimination

You never know how many shades of “white” there are until you want to paint a room. You head to the hardware store looking for white paint — normal, plain, white paint — and are confronted with dozens of options. Eggshell. Polar Bear. Frost. Antique White. Vibrant White. To the untrained eye, they look virtuallyContinue reading “Paint Chips and Auditory Discrimination”

FREE PRINTABLE: Don’t Forget to Feed Your Brain!

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean our brains take a break from growing.  Use this printable to remind yourself, your child, or the families you serve to keep up the good work of “feeding their brains”!

But What Will He Do When the Hearing Technology Is Off?

One common question I hear about children who are deaf but listen and speak with the help of hearing technology is, “But what will he do when the cochlear implant [or hearing aid, or Baha] is off?”  What about bath time, swimming time, night time?  What if a battery dies or equipment malfunctions?  Are those reasonsContinue reading “But What Will He Do When the Hearing Technology Is Off?”

Sources of Funding for Hearing Technology and Rehabilitation

Decades and centuries ago, learning to listen and talk used to be a privilege reserved for the select few — children whose families could afford costly travel, private tutors, the best hearing technology.  Today, the reality is vastly different — NO child should EVER be denied a chance at listening, speaking, and a quality education justContinue reading “Sources of Funding for Hearing Technology and Rehabilitation”

What Do I Do With Old Hearing Equipment?

What should I do with previous generations of CI processors that I have around the house? A family member passed away and now I have her hearing aids.  Who could use them? What should I do with extra batteries, cables, and accessories that I don’t need anymore? My child recently got bilateral CIs and doesn’t need hisContinue reading “What Do I Do With Old Hearing Equipment?”

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 andContinue reading “Helping Classmates Understand Hearing Loss”

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.  

What Is an Audiologist?

AUDIOLOGIST:   An audiologist is a professional trained to diagnose and treat non-medical problems of hearing and balance.  The entry degree for audiologists is either a clinical doctorate (AuD) or research doctorate (PhD), though audiologists used to be able to practice with a Master’s Degree, so some have been grandfathered in.