FM and Soundfield Systems

I want to start this post by saying that BOTH FM Systems and Soundfield Systems can be excellent options for students with hearing loss.  Both devices function to increase the signal-to-noise ratio, making the relevant signal (i.e. the teacher’s voice) louder than the noise and distraction (i.e. other children talking, chairs scraping the floor, etc.).  There are differences, however.

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AG Bell 2010: Friday Concurrent Sessions

A Longitudinal Study of Auditory-Verbal Effectiveness

Dimity Dornan, A.M., Ba.Sp.Th., F.S.P.A.A., LSLS Cert. AVT; Hear and Say Centre

Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC/A, LSLS Cert. AVT; University of Akron

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AG Bell 2010: Research Symposium and Sunday Concurrent Sessions

Research Symposium: Re-Modeling the Deafened Cochlear for Auditory Sensation: Advances and Obstacles
Moderator: Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
Andy Groves, Ph.D.; Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosciences, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and Program in Developmental Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas
Jian Zuo, Ph.D.; Member/Professor of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee
Stefan Heller, M.S., Ph.D.; Professor and Director of Research in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California

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Born to Read

For decades, literacy has been the Achilles’ Heel of deaf education.  Historically, students with hearing loss educated using methods that did not focus on listening and spoken language have achieved abysmally low reading scores[1].  But our children with hearing loss are BORN TO READ!  How?  Well, even though their ears aren’t working, their brains are!  Once we establish maximal auditory access from the ears to the brain using digital hearing aids, Bahas, cochlear implants, FM systems, soundfields, etc., we have unlocked the pathway to access the great capacity of the auditory cortex of the human brain to lead to language and literacy acquisition[2].  Couple auditory access with a therapy approach that uses listening and spoken language, and you’ve got a winning combination[3].  It’s not magic, it just takes technology and focused, deliberate work.

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Don’t Wait for New Hearing Technology: The Time Is NOW!

One of the most common concerns expressed by people considering a cochlear implant is, “What about new technology?  What about hair cell regeneration or fully implantable CIs?  Is now really the best time to take this leap of faith?”

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