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August 25, 2016 London Audiology Blog

Hearing is extremely important for speech and language development. In Ontario all babies have their hearing screened at birth. This has led to hearing impaired babies being fitted with hearing aids at a few months of age. Most of these babies develop speech and language at a normal rate. 20 years ago too many deaf babies were not diagnosed until after the age of 2 years when they showed signs of language delay.

 

Many hearing parents today are teaching their hearing babies sign language to help them communicate earlier. Babies find it easier to learn a few signs to communicate their needs.

 

Some children (and adults!) have normal hearing but have difficulty understanding speech especially in noisy or distracting places. This is a sign of auditory processing disorder. Children with auditory processing disorder often have difficulty hearing in noisy classrooms and their academic progress can suffer. Audiologists have a battery of tests to determine if auditory processing disorders are present. If so, we can make recommendations to help the child cope in the classroom. Some clinics, like ours, have treatment programs which can help some children target basic auditory skill development. Our program is called “Becoming Better Listeners.”

 



August 21, 2016 London Audiology News

210885-20150204

 

Brain Hearing

Thursday August 25, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM

featuring

Gaby Lesniak Audiologist at Oticon Canada

Gaby has a Master’s of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario and has been with the Oticon team for four years.

She will be speaking about how the higher auditory centers in the brain turn sound into meaning and how this process can be impacted by hearing loss.

Melanie Nordick business development manager with Oticon Canada will also attend and will be available to speak to participants after the talk.

The talk will commence at 2:00 pm.

Light refreshments served following including tea, coffee, and snacks.



August 8, 2016 London Audiology Blog

Imagine driving down the highway on a beautiful sunny day. Now think about driving down that same highway at night in a snowstorm. Suddenly you are alert, gripping the steering wheel and staring intently at the road. What a difference!

People with hearing loss have to spend similar energy everyday all day long in order to hear and understand what is said to them. Even with properly fitted hearing aids, people do not hear all speech sounds and some of the speech gets distorted in their damaged ears.

How can you help a hearing impaired person to hear? Actually it is quite easy. Just follow my two golden rules!

1. Always get the person’s attention before speaking.

How many times do you realize someone is speaking to you only at the end of the sentence? You have only heard a few words, have no idea what they said and have to ask them to repeat. This happens all the time when you have a hearing loss. The best way to get someone’s attention is to say their name. When we hear our name, we can’t help it, we start to listen.

2. Always speak face to face.

Get close! When facing someone the voice is much clearer. Plus, the hearing impaired person can lipread.


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