AG Bell 2014: Maximizing Brain Adaptability Research Symposium

Maximizing Brain Adaptability: Enhancing Listening for Language Development, Speech Perception, and Music Appreciation

 Beverly Wright, Ph.D., Northwestern University, School of Communication 

Kate Gfeller, Ph.D., University of Iowa, School of Music

Pamela Souza, Ph.D., Northwestern University, School of Communication 

Emily Tobey, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences 

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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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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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What Is an 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.

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