Communication Modes

In this video, I discuss this further and present that it’s not an “either/or” decision, where you must choose spoken language (auditory/oral) or sign language. 

FM Systems 101

The FM system consists of two components: the microphone and the receiver.  The microphone is worn by the teacher, or whoever is speaking. It can also be placed on the table during a group project, or even connected to the computer speaker output so the audio output of a video will be routed directly in. The receiver is the device that gets the signal sent to it and can be attached to the student’s hearing aid or cochlear implant, or be a stand alone ear-worn device. 

“My baby did not pass the NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING!” Now What?!?

Not passing the NBHS can be a sign of any number of things and does not automatically mean the baby has hearing loss. There is the idea of a “false positive,” meaning a test result is flagging the patient for having a problem when they don’t actually have it.    

All About EARWAX, Cerumen

When you use a Q-tip, you dig this wax from where it belongs into the back portion, often creating an impaction (heavy buildup). Even if you see wax removed by the q-tip, more of it is being pushed in that your aren’t seeing. The

Cochlear Implants: Myths and Facts

Time for a pop quiz! ‘True,’ ‘False,’ or ‘It depends!’

Cochlear implants (CI) ….

are a modern medical miracle
are destroying a rich and complex Deaf culture
are guaranteed to work
will work the same for everybody
will make someone ‘deaf’ into someone ‘hearing’ 

An Educational Audiologist’s Take on Communication Mode

What does an educational audiologist do? Let me tell you more about our school and about my responsibilities in the school.

Population: Most of our ~65 students have either cochlear implants or hearing aids. And many of the students have additional co-morbidities, including cognitive impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, visual impairment, physical disabilities, and medical issues.