Pursue a Doctorate in Audiology

July 11th 2013 · Read More · Comments Off

If you are looking for a professional career that pays well, then you should definitely consider pursuing a doctorate in audiology. An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses and treats hearing problems using various procedures and advanced technology. They are also trained to diagnose and treat balance problems. The vast majority of audiologists work in physician’s offices, audiology offices or hospitals. The number of jobs available for audiologists is expected to increase by 37 percent between 2010 and 2020. This is much faster than the national average.

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Consider a Career in Speech-Language Pathology

May 19th 2013 · Read More · Comments Off

A career in speech-language pathology offers a person the opportunity to work in a secure field, to earn a good living and to help a number of people. There is a high demand for speech-language pathologists in many parts of the United States including Virginia. This demand is due to a lack of trained pathologists who have the education and training to help others to learn to communicate more effectively.

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Coping with Communication Disorders After Stroke

March 21st 2013 · Read More · Comments Off

Should you or a loved one suffer from a stroke, dealing with even the simplest of daily chores and tasks can become a considerable challenge. Many patients who are recovering from a stroke have cited problems with communicating effectively as one of the most frustrating challenges. Being unable to speak effectively and struggling to make yourself understood is not a problem that should be taken lightly, as it can have a very large impact on your lifestyle and the opportunities that you are able to take advantage of each day.

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Helping Children With Hearing Loss Communicate

March 28th 2012 · Read More · Comments Off

I had recently set up my television service through direct tvand I was watching a movie I had ordered, Mr. Holland’s Opus, when it got to the part where the main character finds out his son suffers from hearing loss. For those that know or have experienced it themselves, going through hearing loss is a particularly difficult time in a child’s life and it can be just as hard on the parents too. Parents struggle to understand what their child wants and the child grows frustrated when his or her parents don’t seem to understand him. It can really tear families apart if it is not properly dealt with.

Lucky for many of us, there are services we can look to in order to handle these kinds of situations, but don’t be fooled, parents – it’s not as easy as picking out a school and just sending your kid off. Parents looking into schools for hearing loss should schedule some one-on-one time with the person who runs the school and the teachers who will have the most contact with their child. Parents should also take an active role in their child’s studies which can range from learning to sign and even showing up to class. It’s important that your child knows he or she isn’t alone in this problem.

Educational Expectations from School Systems

August 16th 2011 · Read More · Comments Off

Teachers are expected to do several things within the school system. Teachers must ensure that all students are receiving an appropriate education according to their stages of development. States have benchmarks that inform teachers about what exactly should be taught at specific grade levels within certain academic areas. The school’s principal will usually visit the classroom to see if the teachers are following things that have been mandated by the state. Standardized tests are given to students during the school year in order to determine if they are Go reading

Communication Disorder Statistics

July 16th 2011 · Read More · Comments Off

There are several forms of communication disorders including speech, hearing and site. All require special circumstances or equipment in order for the person dealing with them to be able to communicate with the rest of the world.

Statistics show that more men have hearing problems than women and that the hearing problem is more prevalent in the south than in the north. Of course age plays a major role in hearing loss and the older one gets to be the less accommodating their hearing becomes.

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Why Stuttering Happens: Looking for it in the Early Years

July 4th 2011 · Read More · Comments Off

Stuttering happens when a child mimics a family member who stutters. The mental connection with the other family stutterer is very psychologically strong causing an imprinting on the child’s mind. If a child feels very much like the family member who stutters, the imprinting becomes real and the child stutters just like the other family member that he feels is just like him. How stuttering jumps from mimicking to actually producing physical symptoms in the child that will continue his stuttering is very interesting. Some of the symptoms of a stutterer are Go reading

Sudden Hearing Loss

January 5th 2011 · Read More · Comments Off

A sudden loss of hearing (Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss, or SSNHL) can be defined as a loss great than 30 dB in three contiguous frequencies that occurs over a period of less than three days. It is commonly noticed upon awakening, but it can also develop rapidly over a period of hours or days. Fortunately, spontaneous recovery occurs in 30-70 percent of the cases, usually within the first two weeks, but the condition should always be assessed by a physician or an emergency room. The causes of SSNHL vary widely, but assessment and treatment can only be determined by a hearing heath specialist. Physicians are finding that once they have ruled out life threatening causes, the condition may succumb to a short course of corticosteroids, antiviral agents, diuretics, and/or low-salt diets. Research shows that steroids have many effects in the inner ear, including suppression of an immune response and changes in circulation, but whether such effects are beneficial remains unclear. In the absence of definitive evidence much research needs to be concluded about pathogens before evidence-based treatment can be deemed as protocol.

Interesting Facts about Hearing Loss

October 15th 2010 · Read More · Comments Off

Following are some facts provided by the Better Hearing Institute that you may find interesting. Some may seem pretty common but others may provide insight not previously considered.

  • Excessive noise is the number one reason for hearing loss.
  • Experts agree that continued exposure to noise of 85 dB or louder, over time, will eventually harm hearing.
  • If you cannot carry on a conversation in the presence of noise, it is too loud for your ears and can potentially cause hearing loss.
  • 1 in 4 workers exposed to high levels of noise will develop a hearing loss.
  • The number one reason people seek a hearing solution is the recognition that their hearing has worsened. Usually this occurs from making a serious mistake, family pressure or safety concerns.
  • Professions at risk of hearing loss include firefighters, police officers, factory workers, farmers, construction workers, military personnel, heavy industry workers, musicians, and entertainment industry professionals.
  • The ear has over 25,000 tiny hair cells to help you hear the nuances of sound.
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Understanding and Coping with Your Child’s Speech Delay

July 27th 2010 · Read More · Comments Off

Communication is an ongoing, evolving process that every human experiences. From the cries and coos of an infant, to the mumblings of a young baby, verbal noises are perhaps our most effective form of indicating our wants and feelings. Most babies begin speaking actual words, to some degree, at around 18 months of age. However, there are a number of different circumstances that can result in delay of speech for a child. Speech delay comes in two forms. Some children can understand and process the sounds and speech of others, but have difficulty producing their own words, which is known as expressive delay. Conversely, other children may struggle to interpret and comprehend the words of others, making them incapable of expressing a response, referred to as receptive delay. If the speech delay is receptive, it may be caused by a hearing impairment or mental disorder such as autism or mental retardation. Go reading