In February 2014, Sound Advice was quoted in a two-page feature in the Sunday Business Post magazine, with predictions for future hearing technologies. Many thanks to the Oman family for contributing insights to family life when two boys wear cochlear implants. Get both pages as PDFs: Page Fourteen and Page Fifteen. Click on this image
Babies born up to eight weeks early whose parents talked directly to them while in the care unit, had better language skills at 18 months old, according to new research from Brown University in the US. With many premature babies having hearing issues, this piece can build parents’ understanding of how language is developed through
Sibling influences shape a younger child’s language more than was thought, according to new research of 385 preschoolers in Ontario, Canada, and which was published in the February print edition of Pediatrics magazine. Older children influence language development This research has implications for children with hearing issues in larger families, where parents may interact less
Sound Advice (as IDK) hosted the first overseas screening of the 95 Decibels film (2013) on January 18, 2014 at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, to explore the emotional obstacles parents face when they get a diagnosis of deafness for their child. I also met Susan and Film maker Liza Reznik along with her daughter Miranda.
Parents who get coaching to work with children who wear hearing-devices can practise language interaction and teaching new vocabulary at any time, anywhere, once the basics (of auditory-verbal therapy, or AVT) are learned. While AVT began in English-speaking countries, its use in China may seem unusual, where the language is primarily tonal. However, this piece
Since 1986, India’s Aural Education (AURED) programme for children with hearing issues has worked with families to teach children to listen and speak in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati before starting mainstream school: Read: AURED Highlights Exposure To Sound and Talking Immediately after a child receives digital hearing-aids or cochlear implants, AURED recommends AVT (auditory-verbal therapy),
Parents working with babies and children whose cochlear implants are newly activated, need to label particular noises with the children and emphasise listening skills to start recognising everyday sounds. One Arizona-based audiologist has devised a game for this listening-and-talking process: Read: Audiologist game to boost kids’ listening skills Talk To Newborns With Hearing-Aids Jacque Scholl
Video-conferencing and telemedicine strategies are used in Tennessee (US) by Vanderbilt University’s Bill Wilkerson Center to reach families of newborn babies who need follow-up tests after failing an initial hearing test at birth. Initiative Allows Remote Hearing Tests For Newborns Vanderbilt’s Audiology, SLT and VTOD Training Cleverly, the same programme will teach Vanderbilt’s pediatric audiology and
Children who receive cochlear implants can progress for several years afterward, a longitudinal research project by Penn State University shows. In a milestone multi-year study, the researchers found students’ peer relationships were impacted by teacher and peer acceptance within a school. Positive Long-Term Outcomes of Cochlear Implantation “We didn’t actually know how implanted children would do
Many parents ask the Sound Advice team, “what is AVT”? In short, Auditory-Verbal Therapy is a parent-led approach that teaches deaf children to listen and talk by using their residual hearing with consistent wearing of digital hearing-devices. Knowing that almost all deaf babies and children have usable hearing, AVT optimises their latent listening skills, which leads
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