Every decibel counts. Research shows that for best outcomes, hearing aid volume should be within five decibels of the prescriptive targets. Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Caraway discuss why the precise volume matters and how to ensure your child’s hearing aids are operating within the prescribed range so their brain can have access to all the sounds of speech.Download Transcript (English) Download Transcript (Spanish)
Babies are learners from Day One and hearing is important for stimulating the brain, growing neural networks, and laying the foundation for literacy.
Research shows that the earlier a child receives access to sound, the better their listening and spoken language outcomes. Newborn hearing screening ensures babies are identified early with hearing loss and fit with hearing aids within the first few weeks of life.
Recent research shows that babies identified with severe to profound hearing loss, who receive a cochlear implant as early as 6 or 9 months of age, are at a significant advantage for developing age-appropriate speech, language and vocabulary skills when compared to children who are implanted at a later age.Download Transcript (English) Download Transcript (Spanish)
This catchy motto is an important reminder for families and professionals who are supporting children on their listening and spoken language (LSL) journey. A child’s hearing aids should be turned on and functioning during all waking hours (approximately 10 hours per day), to achieve the best outcomes and develop age-appropriate speech and language.Download Transcript (English) Download Transcript (Spanish)
There are several factors to consider when selecting hearing technology for a child. For many children, hearing aids can provide full auditory access to the brain, but some children with more significant hearing loss can benefit from a cochlear implant. Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Caraway discuss the process for evaluating each child’s situation as a collaborative team – including parents, Listening and Spoken Language specialists, pediatric audiologists, and medical physicians – to ensure the best possible auditory access for speech and language development.Download Transcript (English) Download Transcript (Spanish)
We know that a child’s hearing aids should be on and be functioning during all waking hours but keeping hearing aids on babies takes persistence! Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Caraway discuss tips and techniques to help keep the hearing technology on a child as well as recognizing signs that the hearing aids may need to be adjusted.Download Transcript (English) Download Transcript (Spanish)