Even parents who have chosen a listening and spoken language outcome for their children often ask, “Should we use baby signs?” just to fill the gap during the time from identification to cochlear implantation, or identification to those first spoken words. If you’re to believe the media hype, every parent, those of children with and without hearing loss, is doing it. So what could be the problem?
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, d*mned lies, and statistics.” — Mark Twain
It can certainly seem that way, can’t it? Most people are not given the opportunity to take a rigorous research methods class over the course of their educational careers, and even our high schools rarely teach students the skills they need to be informed consumers of the research and statistics that surround us every day. When confronted with the sea of information on hearing loss, communication modes, and amplification options, what’s a parent of a child with hearing loss to do?
Though teletherapy is a relatively new development in the fields of speech-language pathology and auditory verbal therapy, studies have shown it to be just as effective as in-person treatment. It even has many advantages over conventional therapy.
Ling’s Legacy: Speech in the 21st Century Mary D. McGinnis, Ph.D.c, LSLS Cert. AVT. John Tracy Clinic Dimity Dornan, AM, A/Prof UQ, PhD UQ, HonDUniv USQ, BSpThy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert AVT. Hear and Say Centre Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT. University of Akron Christina Perigoe, Ph.D., CED, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT. University of Southern Mississippi
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on bilingual speech-language pathology. As the United States becomes more diverse, more and more SLPs and other professionals are facing caseloads with clients who are not native English speakers.
Tinnitus is the internal perception of sound in the absence of an external sound source. Often called “ringing in the ears” or described as a rushing, whirring sound, tinnitus affects people with and without hearing loss and can be one of the most difficult conditions to treat.