Unilateral Hearing Loss

Unilateral Hearing Loss is Unique

Listening with both ears provides awareness of the direction of sound, ability to hear in noise, and a sense of strong, clear sound. Hearing loss in one ear, called unilateral loss, changes the listening experience. Unilateral hearing loss might be present at birth, develop slowly, happen suddenly or increase over time (showing a progressive loss). A […]

Early Expectations for a Child

Early Expectations for a Child with a Cochlear Implant

Families often have many emotions about their child’s cochlear implant (CI). One common feeling is of uncertainty. Parents are unsure of what changes they will see and when their child might talk. Surgery and being fitted with external equipment begins the process. The first use of the activated implant is awareness of sounds. Family members […]

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FM systems…a little tech that’s a big help

Using an FM for your preschooler with hearing loss Families with children using hearing aids and cochlear implants are continually looking for ways to help them hear as effortlessly as possible. An FM (frequency modulation) system is a wireless portable system that offers the extra advantage of hearing speech slightly louder than other sounds. In […]

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Inquiring about Cochlear Implants

When a child is identified with a hearing loss, family members might wonder about a cochlear implant (CI).  Specific information on implants, centers and candidacy can be found through websites and from audiologists.  This paper addresses some questions families often ask in the beginning about the implant process. Can my child receive an implant? What […]

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Addressing ANSD (Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder)

Early hearing loss is unfamiliar to most parents when their child is identified. As families look for answers they realize there are different types and levels of hearing loss.  When told that their child has Auditory Neuropathy (AN) or Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) parents can begin discussing this term and obtaining specific advice. Exploring […]

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Middle Ear Fluid and Its Effects on Early Learning

Parents are skilled in figuring out many of their young child’s health needs. A common condition that is sometimes hard to notice is middle ear fluid. When a child has an ear infection or middle ear fluid he may experience a temporary decrease in hearing that can cause educational difficulties. If a caregiver, teacher, hearing […]

Mom & Kid Audiology Appointment

Making the Most of Your Child’s Audiology Appointments

Parents can obtain the best access to sound possible for their child by being actively involved in audiology appointments.  Audiologists follow a child regularly to identify hearing levels, check devices, and manage auditory health. Parents can ask questions, document listening and discuss decisions.  Audiologists can provide information, track progress and build a partnership with the […]

My Baby's First Hearing Aid

Baby’s First Hearing Aid!

Parents are eager for a baby’s responses to sound with a new hearing aid. When a baby wears hearing aids for the first time families are often unsure what to expect. A baby’s responses can vary from startling, smiling or not seeming to react. Learning to listen takes time. There is much that parents can […]

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Where to Begin

When a young child is identified with hearing loss parents can start with these steps. Expect emotions Each family responds in their own way to news of a child’s hearing loss. Members within one family can experience very different emotions at the same time. Emotions may change with each appointment or interaction with service providers. […]

Audiogram Familiar Sounds

Audiogram of Familiar Sounds

What Does My Child Hear? An audiogram is used to graph responses to sounds and speech during certain hearing tests. The examples on an illustrated audiogram show the types and levels of sounds. The area outlined on the audiogram showing most of the speech sounds is often referred to as the “speech banana” because of […]