Enjoy this recording of my 3/25/2015 webinar for the Cochlear HOPE series, “The Catch-Up Game: Working with Children Who Receive Cochlear Implants Late.” Click CC in the lower right corner for captions.
Serious, boring therapy? No thank you! Practical jokes can be a lot of fun, but look beneath the surface and you’ll find a wealth of listening and language goals, too. Let’s talk about sabotage, theory of mind, jokes, and helping children with hearing loss develop a sense of humor.
If a hearing aid, cochlear implant, or Baha has good batteries, then it should be working, right? Not so fast. The Ling Six Sound Check is a simple tool we use to ensure that hearing devices are working and giving the listener access to the sounds of speech. Six sounds, okay… what could be complicated about that? Let’s break it down and look at the science behind this simple check that carries a whole lot of weight.
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?
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 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?
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 just because of her family’s inability to pay for these services.