As a big fan of the earlier edition (50 FAQs About Auditory Verbal Therapy), I was excited to read the latest update: 101 FAQs about Auditory Verbal Practice, edited by Warren Estabrooks M.Ed., Dip. Ed. Deaf, LSLS Cert. AVT® .
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. 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. Couple auditory access with a therapy approach that uses listening and spoken language, and you’ve got a winning combination. It’s not magic, it just takes technology and focused, deliberate work.
I just finished reading Sounds from Silence: Graeme Clark and the Bionic Ear Story written by Professor Graeme Clark, the inventor of the multichannel cochlear implant that today is the product made by Cochlear. It was a fantastic read, and I was so drawn in that I stayed up all night to finish the book!