Auditory-Verbal Therapy- Hearing, Listening, Talking, Thinking

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By Warren Estabrooks, M.Ed., Dip. Ed. Deaf, LSLS Cert. AVT, co-author of Auditory-Verbal Therapy: For Young Children with Hearing Loss and Their Families, and the Practitioners Who Guide Them

 

 

Globally, there is a great shift towards listening and spoken language for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Amazing auditory options, state-of-the-art hearing aids, and a variety of implantable hearing devices and the pursuit of excellent (re)habilitation by highly qualified practitioners working in partnerships with families, will hopefully become the standard of international health care and educational intervention for children with hearing loss around the world.

It is the work of therapists, teachers, audiologists, surgeons, social workers, and allied practitioners in health care and education to guide, navigate, and coach parents on their search for the treasure chest of spoken communication—to help them help their children discover the valued jewels of hearing, listening, and spoken conversation.  Practitioners everywhere form alliances of hope and trust with parents, and together we polish these precious gems until they sparkle and dance with life.

Why would one ever consider compromising when so much is possible?

We hope that one day we will look back and see an abundance of evidence-based outcomes, all barriers to equitable service gone, and a global focus on literacy with a deep understanding of powerful auditory access to the brain provided by state-of-the-art hearing technologies.

Renaissance man and mentor of many of today’s auditory-verbal practitioners, Dr. Daniel Ling, wrote that “auditory-verbal therapy… developed as a result of the natural outcomes of advances in knowledge, skills and technology.  As such advances occurred, new treatment strategies were devised to maximize their applications”.

Auditory-Verbal Therapy is now widely accepted because more children are acquiring, or have already acquired, the abilities to use spoken language, to interact more freely with other members of society, to obtain higher levels of academic education, and to have a more extensive range of careers, a greater security of employment and fewer limitations on the personal and social aspects of their lives” (Estabrooks, 2006).

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2016 Awards and Honors

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Plural Publishing Research Awards given in honor of the late Dr. Sadanand Singh, Plural’s founder. These two scholarships are awarded by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the honorees and their faculty sponsors will be acknowledged at the annual CAPCSD meeting award banquet, in San Antonio, TX on March 31.

At the MS/AuD level, the award went to Chelsea Hull of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Working with advisor Dr. Sherri Jones, Chelsea is researching the impact of Sound Field Amplification (SFA) devices, specifically the REDCAT amplification system, on student academic outcomes and teacher perspectives of this amplification system on academic improvement.

CAPCSD Scholarship Chelsea Hull

Chelsea Hull                                                         Au.D. Student                                             University of Nebraska-Lincoln

At the PhD level, the award was given to Nancy Quick of the University of North Carolina. Under advisor Dr. Melody Harrison, the focus of Nancy’s research is on investigating the impact of underlying linguistic sources of knowledge on spelling among children with hearing aids, cochlear implants and normal hearing, utilizing a multilinguistic analytic approach.

CAPCSD Scholarship Nancy Quick

Nancy Quick, M.S. CCC-SLP               University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PhD Candidate in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Class of 2017

Congratulations Chelsea and Nancy on your achievements!


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Looking Inside the Bionic Ear

shell2Dr. Graeme Clark explains of the bionic ear that the challenge was to put the wire around the inner ear which is only about 2-3 cm in diameter. Dr. Graeme got the idea to curl the wire from shells’ spirals and found that in this way a wire could go around the inner ear if it was bendable and flexible enough. This led them to designing the first prototype from the University of Melbourne; along with the electronics, which had to be reduced to match the size of the silicone tubes.

The bionic ear cochlear implant works by having an outside speech processor with a microphone and an imbedded receiver stimulator which stimulates the hearing. When one speaks the microphone picks up the sound waves, sends them through the speech processor which converts this into patterns of electrical signals which are then sent by radio waves through the skin to the implant. Then the implant stimulates the wires around the inner ear. This is the process by which a deaf person is able to hear. Listen to Dr. Graeme Clark explain this process.

Graeme Clark and Rod Saunders“There were many times during the early stages of my involvement with the bionic ear that I could have given up, but didn’t. In spite of problems, criticisms and difficulties I felt that I just had to go on to explore the possibilities to the very end. Someone had to do it, because it was the only chance that profoundly deaf people could have of being able to hear.” – Professor Graeme Clark AC (http://www.graemeclarkoration.org.au/about-graeme-clark.php)

 

The cochlear implant has evolved significantly due to the persistent innovative work and dedication from various teams and researchers. They have been successfully used since the 1980s.

Just last year, researches at the Tel Aviv University discovered that under certain conditions, bilateral cochlear implants (implants placed in both ears) have the ability to salvage binaural sound processing for the deaf. Learn more about Dr. Henkin’s work.

Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids

Just released—everything you need to know about fitting and dispensing hearing aids! Experts Brian Taylor, AuD, and H. Gustav Mueller, Ph.D. provide a consistent overview of the fundamentals of the entire hearing aid selection process with step-by-step guidelines, covering both the art and science of hearing aid fitting.

This extremely practical and engaging book logically takes the reader from beginning to end of the entire hearing aid selection and fitting process. The chapters sequentially provide the reader with the essential knowledge needed to fit today’s hearing aids, along with links to handy Web sites for further study and reference. Order your copy today!

New Addition to Plural’s Audiology Portfolio

We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you!  Bellis’ central auditory processing text has been acquired by Plural Publishing. Offered at a new student-friendly price, you can now find the second edition of Assessment and Management of Central Auditory Processing Disorders in the Education Setting available for course review and/or purchase on our Website.

New Edition of Children with Hearing Loss

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of the bestselling book, “Children with Hearing Loss: Developing Listening and Talking, Birth to Six.”

This edition includes updated information about hearing instruments and cochlear implants, as well as ways that professionals can support parents in promoting their children’s language and listening development. Information about preschool program selection and management has also been included. The text also features a revised auditory development checklist.

Order your copy today!

Plural is Headed to AudiologyNOW! in Chicago

If you’re heading for Chicago for AudiologyNow!, then make sure you head over to the Plural booth #2945 for great savings on books and media from the world-leaders in the hearing sciences. As an attendee you can enjoy 15% discount on all display copies (more if you check in early). PLUS simply print out and present this post to any member of the Plural team at the booth and enjoy a further 5% discount on purchases over $100*

Even if you are not attending this year’s meeting, you can still benefit. Simply order any Plural title online between April 6 and 9 and save 15% by adding promo code AAA15 in your shopping cart.

New Hearing Aid Textbook Coming Soon!

We’re excited to announce the upcoming publication of “Understanding Hearing Aids: Getting Started,” by Brian Taylor, AuD, and H. Gustav Mueller, PhD.

This introductory textbook will be published in the first part of 2011.  You can pre-order your examination copy today at:

http://www.pluralpublishing.com/publication_uha.htm

Three New Releases!

Plural is proud to announce three new exciting titles!

Science of Successful Supervision and Mentorship provides a global perspective for all speech-language pathology supervisors. This book is like no other, making it a must read. Filled with up-to-date cutting-edge research, Carozza has produced a wonderful book.

This second edition of Children with Hearing Loss, is a crucial compilation of important information for the facilitation of auditorally-based spoken language for today’s infants and young children with hearing loss. This second edition covers current and up-to-date information about hearing, listening, auditory technology, auditory development, spoken language development, and intervention for young children with hearing loss whose parents have chosen to have them learn to listen and talk.

Be sure to check it out here!

Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology has the most wide range coverage of any book like it. This book is sure to become the reference book for pediatric audiology, containing contributions from more than 50 internationally recognized experts in the field. This book is perfect for students and professionals.

It is a must have, get it here!