Hearing Matters Podcast

Hearing Matters

Welcome to the Hearing Matters Podcast with Blaise Delfino, M.S. - HIS and Dr. Douglas Beck! We combine education, entertainment, and all things hearing aid-related in one ear-pleasing package!

In each episode, we'll unravel the mysteries of the auditory system, decode the latest advancements in hearing technology, and explore the unique challenges faced by individuals with hearing loss. But don't worry, we promise our discussions won't go in one ear and out the other!

From heartwarming personal stories to mind-blowing research breakthroughs, the Hearing Matters Podcast is your go-to destination for all things related to hearing health. Get ready to laugh, learn, and join a vibrant community that believes that hearing matters - because it truly does!

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Advancing Cochlear Implant Quality of Life: Conversations with Dr. Ted McRackan
1w ago
Advancing Cochlear Implant Quality of Life: Conversations with Dr. Ted McRackan
Send us a Text Message.Discover the profound advancements in hearing technology as we sit down with Dr. Ted McRackan, a renowned neurotologist from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. McRackan brings a wealth of knowledge from his esteemed career, unraveling the intricacies of cochlear implants and their life-changing effects on patients. This episode promises an enlightening journey into the creation and impact of the Cochlear Implant Quality of Life (CIQL) scale, a tool that measures how these devices enrich lives beyond the auditory experience.Our conversation with Dr. McRackan navigates the complexities of neurotology, shedding light on the nuanced process of hearing restoration. Delve into the CIQL item bank's comprehensive approach to evaluating self-reported functional abilities, covering communication, entertainment, and social interactions. The discussion emphasizes the importance of personalized care and setting realistic expectations, as outcomes vary widely among cochlear implant recipients. This dialogue offers insight into the evolution of patient counseling and the significance of shared decision-making in crafting individual care strategies.Finally, we unveil an innovative app and web-based tool for clinicians and patients to monitor the progress of cochlear implant outcomes. This development marks a significant milestone, simplifying the tracking process and facilitating better post-operation expectations. Despite the acknowledgment of limitations for patients with specific cochlear conditions, the platform's inclusivity and the representation of various cochlear implant manufacturers underscore its potential broad application. We also celebrate the user-friendly nature of the accompanying manual and learning website, which serves as a beacon for both professionals and patients on this educational journey. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Issues in Pediatric Audiology, Hearing, Reading, and More feat. Dr. Jacqueline Rogers Scholl
May 10 2024
Issues in Pediatric Audiology, Hearing, Reading, and More feat. Dr. Jacqueline Rogers Scholl
Send us a Text Message.In this episode of the Hearing Matters Podcast, we discuss how hearing influences a child's education and future prospects with Dr. Douglas Beck and pediatric audiology expert Dr. Jackie Rogers Scholl. This episode takes you on a journey through auditory processing and literacy, shedding light on the stark reality that many children face when undiagnosed auditory issues lead to struggles in learning and reading. We tackle how inadequate hearing, reading and listening screenings in schools fail to detect and treat hearing loss, listening disorders, auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, dyslexia and many other otherwise detectable and treatable problems, setting the stage for long-term academic challenges.Dr. Scholl reveals the startling genetic and environmental contributors to hearing loss, as well as the impact of fluctuating hearing loss on speech and language development. We discuss groundbreaking research that links these auditory challenges to higher rates of incarceration, emphasizing the importance of stable auditory input for healthy brain development. The dialogue also addresses the outdated and sometimes non-existent current screening hearing protocols, which often do not detect fluctuating hearing loss, asymmetric hearing loss, extended high frequency hearing loss, poor word recognition scores, speech in noise problems, and other auditory  problems which can drastically affect a child's ability to process spoken language and succeed in the classroom.As we look to the future of pediatric audiology, we express concerns over the potential impacts of budget cuts on the ability to effectively screen and support children with communicative disorders. We review early results from an upcoming study that promises to inform our understanding of hearing loss statistics, particularly regarding high-frequency loss in young children. Stay tuned for how to better manage and safeguard our children's hearing and, consequently, their educational and personal development, with insights from these leading experts in the field. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Hearing Loss and Grief
Apr 23 2024
Hearing Loss and Grief
Send us a Text Message.When a patient suspects they have a hearing loss, they often enter the grieving process. But, what does this mean exactly? Do patients navigate through the grieving process and THEN purchase hearing aids? Do patients still grieve even after they're fit with hearing aids? You see, grief is not linear. This means that patients do not enter the denial stage, then anger stage, then bargaining stage, etc. In this episode, Blaise reviews the five stages of grief and connects Erik Erikson's Psychosocial Stages of Development to the hearing aid fitting and counseling process. The five stages of grief, thanks to the wonderful work of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross include: Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance Why is the mind-brain connection so important when you're fitting patients with hearing aids? As humans, we don't necessarily respond well to change. When a patient suspects they present with hearing loss, enters the grieving process, and is then fit with hearing aids...well...this is a lot of change at once! As hearing care providers, we need to continue to place heavy emphasis on the hearing aid counseling process and understand what the mindset of the patient is. If you suspect that a patient needs additional assistance and you need to refer to a clinical psychologist or therapist, be sure to have that conversation with your patient.If you are interested in listening to Dr. Andrew Huberman's podcast episode on grief, you can do so by clicking here. If you are a current or future hearing aid user, give yourself grace. If you need assistance finding a hearing healthcare provider in your area, please send us an email and we will connect with you a trusted hearing healthcare provider. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Exploring the Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline with Dr. Julia Sarant
Apr 17 2024
Exploring the Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline with Dr. Julia Sarant
Send us a Text Message.Embark on a profound exploration of the mind's auditory avenues with Dr. Douglas Beck and the distinguished Dr. Julia Sarant, as we unravel the intricate web connecting hearing health and cognitive vitality. Our conversation lifts the veil on how untreated hearing loss might fast-track cognitive decline, particularly in the older population, while considering the additional strains imposed by socioeconomic disparities and other health conditions.As your guide through this critical discourse, we shine a light on the pivotal role of hearing care professionals and the revolutionary potential of hearing aids to possibly turn the tide against the risks of dementia. We wrap up with a powerful message that could redefine the future of cognitive care: the use of hearing aids might not just slow cognitive decline, but may actually halt it. This episode is a treasure trove of insights, filled with thought-provoking findings on how auditory assistance can have far-reaching implications beyond just improved hearing. Dr. Sarant's expertise helps us appreciate the sweeping enhancements to quality of life hearing aid technology can foster, painting a hopeful picture for the marriage of better hearing and better thinking. Join us for a journey that could change the way we perceive the interplay between our ears and our minds. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Understanding Tinnitus and How to Find Relief feat. Dr. James Henry
Mar 27 2024
Understanding Tinnitus and How to Find Relief feat. Dr. James Henry
Send us a Text Message.Discover the subtle distinctions between primary and secondary tinnitus with the help of Dr. James Henry, a leading audiologist and seasoned researcher who joins us to unravel the enigma of ringing ears. By dissecting the American Academy of Otolaryngology's guidelines, we shine a light on the rarity of secondary tinnitus and underscore the necessity of thorough evaluations for those experiencing this lesser-known type. As we navigate the often-misunderstood symptoms and implications of unilateral tinnitus, Dr. Henry also imparts wisdom from his latest book, providing a beacon of understanding for both patients and professionals striving to find relief in the cacophony of tinnitus.Step into the world of cutting-edge therapies that promise to reshape your relationship with tinnitus. As we compare and contrast Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM), you'll be introduced to the revolutionary neurophysiological model behind TRT and its quest for habituation. In parallel, we scrutinize PTM's multifaceted approach, blending cognitive-behavioral therapy with sound strategies, all while placing a spotlight on patient education. Grasp the transformative power of these treatments as they interweave sound therapy with psychological support to offer real relief.Confront the reality of living with tinnitus head-on and join us as we discuss the vital importance of setting realistic expectations for treatment. While acknowledging the frustration that often accompanies this condition, Dr. Henry and Dr. Beck draw comparisons with other chronic health challenges to foster a sense of hope and perseverance. We share strategies and advice, including ear protection tips vital for anyone exposed to the risks of tinnitus, concluding with a heartening message—that with effective management, life can still be lived to its fullest, even with the whispers of tinnitus in the background. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Hearing Aid Programming: Pearls and Pitfalls
Mar 20 2024
Hearing Aid Programming: Pearls and Pitfalls
Send us a Text Message.Imagine discovering that the key to optimal hearing isn't just in choosing a hearing aid, but in the precise individual calibration. This episode features a conversation with Dr. Ron Leavitt, a renowned audiologist who shines a light on the critical gaps in "best fit" settings provided by hearing aid manufacturers, compared to the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) targets. As we reminisce about our shared love for music and academia, we dissect the findings of Ron's study, revealing the transformative effect of personalized real-ear measurements on speech comprehension, especially amidst the challenges of noisy environments.Hearing is personal, and the journey to perfect hearing aid adaptation is no less unique. This episode takes you through the science behind the NAL-NL2 fitting formula, discussing the artistry and precision necessary in calibrating hearing aids to this benchmark. We converse about the surprising variability in patient adaptation times, with compelling anecdotes that highlight the profound cognitive benefits associated with consistent hearing aid use. From the gradual adjustments in hearing aid settings to the promising advancements in remote programming, we underscore the synergy of audibility and comfort in this tailor-made approach to audiological care.Ending on a note of reflection, we ponder the impact of professional occupation on cognitive decline, dispelling myths with hard scientific evidence that spares no profession. Join us for this enlightening discussion that not only promises to deepen your understanding of hearing aid technology but also offers a heartwarming look at how professional collaborations can enrich both science and personal bonds. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
AI Integration, Cognitive Connections, and the Future of Audiology with Dr. David Moore
Mar 13 2024
AI Integration, Cognitive Connections, and the Future of Audiology with Dr. David Moore
Send us a Text Message.Discover the future of hearing technology as we sit down with Dr. David Moore, a pioneer in the field, and navigate the fascinating intersection of artificial intelligence and hearing aids. Imagine attending a bustling party and effortlessly picking out a single conversation amidst the cacophony, thanks to the latest AI-powered noise reduction advancements. This isn't just a dream; it's the reality Dr. Moore helps us explore, delving into the powerful potential of directional microphones and the integration of hearing aids with everyday wearable tech. The intricate connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline takes center stage as we uncover the findings from a large-scale study that's deciphering the links between speech-in-noise recognition and brain health. The revelations we share are nothing short of profound, painting a picture where the use of high-quality hearing aids goes beyond auditory assistance—it's about nurturing brain function and potentially warding off dementia. Dr. Moore helps us unpack how early detection and intervention could be key in this neurological battleground, offering hope and emphasizing the importance of audiology in the broader healthcare landscape.Looking ahead, we discuss the transformative potential of audiology and its educational evolution with Dr. Moore, who advocates for an interdisciplinary approach that marries neuroscience, statistics, and psychology. This isn't just a reshaping of how audiologists are trained; it's a reimagining of the profession's future—one where the scientific grounding elevates practice and recognition. We also consider how the delegation of clinical tasks can optimize patient care and touch on the implications of over-the-counter hearing aids. By the end of our journey, you'll appreciate the intricate tapestry of audiology and its impact on our lives, from the social dynamics of a party to the cognitive corners of the human brain. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Mastering the Art of Audiology Marketing in the Digital Era
Mar 5 2024
Mastering the Art of Audiology Marketing in the Digital Era
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an audiological odyssey as we navigate the forefront of audiology marketing. Get ready to harness the transformative power of omni-channel strategies and peer into the heart of patient-centric care that's reshaping our industry. From the bustling streets of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to the airwaves of the Hearing Matters podcast, I'll take you through my personal voyage as a former private practice owner, unpacking my seven crucial takeaways. It's a masterclass in business management and clinical excellence, bound to rev up your entrepreneurial engine!Strap in for a thrilling chapter-by-chapter breakdown that catapults you into the future of audiology marketing, where enthusiasm for patient experience reigns supreme. Discover how the timeless four Ps mesh with today's digital domain, ensuring your practice stands out in a sea of noise. We'll tackle the tough topics, from the financial barriers patients encounter to the emotional acceptance of hearing loss, and how to meet them with empathy and expertise. This episode is more than a guide; it's your captain's log for navigating the digital tides with confidence and charisma, armed with performance indicators that steer your ship towards success.Conclude your audio journey with inspiration drawn from real-life scenarios and patient personas that breathe life into the art of segmentation. I'll share stories that demonstrate the might of market segmentation in reaching the 'Thomas Technology' and 'Simplicity Sally' in our patient pool. Plus, for those looking to grow their practice, the entrepreneurial operating system awaits to elevate your game. As we cast off, remember, this isn't just about becoming a leader in hearing care—it's about the passion for progress and the profound impact we can make on our patients' lives. Tune in, turn up the volume (not too, loud), and let's revolutionize the way we think about audiology together. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Sound Advice on Diabetes Management and Hearing Care
Feb 22 2024
Sound Advice on Diabetes Management and Hearing Care
Send us a Text Message.Unravel the intricate ties between diabetes and hearing health with Dr. Kathy Dowd of the Audiology Project, our esteemed guest who brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Your understanding of the critical interplay between chronic disease management and audiological care will be forever changed as we dissect how diabetes can precipitate auditory and balance disorders, and why managing this condition is essential for maintaining good hearing.Throughout our discussion, we shed light on why simple hearing screenings fall short for diabetes patients, particularly those who are insulin-dependent, and the profound consequences of functional hearing loss that go undetected. Dr. Dowd champions the importance of regular, comprehensive audiometric evaluations. We also tackle the broader social implications, such as the effects of untreated hearing loss on social isolation and overall quality of life, underscoring the necessity for awareness and proper health care protocols.Our conversation takes a poignant turn as we tackle the challenges faced in skilled nursing facilities, from the mismanagement of hearing aids to the need for thorough cognitive and audiometric evaluations. The impact of early dementia diagnosis and the role of audiology in improving patient outcomes highlight the episode's commitment to enhancing the quality of care. As we express gratitude for Dr. Dowd's dedication to bridging the gap between diabetes care and audiology, remember that this episode is not just about education—it's a call to action for the health of our ears and minds. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
"Soundtrack of Silence" feat. Matt Hay
Feb 1 2024
"Soundtrack of Silence" feat. Matt Hay
Send us a Text Message.When the ordinary act of listening becomes a fading memory, how do you hold on to the harmony of life? In this episode of the Hearing Matters Podcast, Dr. Douglas L. Beck has a conversation with Matt Hay about his new book "Soundtrack of Silence". Matt Hay's story is a testament to courage and the resilience of the human spirit, as he shares the reality of living with neurofibromatosis type II (NF2) and its impact on his hearing. At just 19, a vigilant audiologist's insistence on further testing led to the discovery of bilateral acoustic neuromas, turning Matt's world upside down. This episode is a deep exploration into the vital role of patient advocacy and the life-altering potential of diligent healthcare professionals.Embarking on a courageous journey, Matt underwent an Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) surgery, a procedure that promised to reconnect him to the world of sound. The support he received was invaluable, especially from his wife Nora. Together, we unravel the challenges and triumphs of adapting to an ABI, the incredible emotional support networks that become lifelines during recovery, and the complex navigation through facial paralysis rehabilitation. Matt's narrative is not just about overcoming medical hurdles; it's a story of love, loss, and the incredible bond between two people facing the unknown.Our conversation culminates with a recognition of the profound emotional journey depicted in the book "Soundtrack of Silence," a narrative that brings to light the human experience behind the medical condition of NF2 and living with an ABI. We celebrate the poignant storytelling and advocacy work of individuals like Matt, and the indispensable role of patient-centered hearing care, as exemplified by the Delfino's. This episode isn't merely a chronicle of medical marvels; it's an ode to the indomitable spirit that surges within each person confronting the silent battles of hearing loss and beyond. Join us for an inspiring tale of audacity, hope, and the sound of perseverance. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
The Sound of Progress in Hearing Care with Dr. Douglas Beck
Jan 23 2024
The Sound of Progress in Hearing Care with Dr. Douglas Beck
Send us a Text Message. As we traverse the audiology best practices and their transformation, Dr. Beck, our new co-host, sheds light on the crucial balance between comprehensive diagnostic assessments and functional hearing evaluations. Together, we celebrate the remarkable progress in hearing technology and patient care, all while reducing clinic return rates and enhancing satisfaction – milestones that remind us why we're passionate about what we do.Recalling the days of Ask Jeeves seems almost comical now, but it underscores just how far we’ve journeyed with digital hearing tech and the internet's explosion. Our conversation unspools the rich tapestry of audiology's history, from the birth of Audiology Online to the personal histories that intertwine with our professional pursuits. We offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the unexpected pathways that lead to audiology, and Doug's especially was anything but a straight line. Instead, it's a living mosaic of serendipitous encounters and evolving technology.Our episode crescendos with a symphony of shared passions and professional milestones, from pioneering cochlear implant research to the artistry of intraoperative monitoring – the kind described in Dr. Beck's authored "Handbook of Intraoperative Monitoring." It’s not all science and sound waves, though; our love for music and near brushes with Beatlemania fame weave through our discussion, a reminder of how varied experiences enrich not just our careers but our lives. We round off with touching tributes to our mentors, those giants on whose shoulders we stand, and look forward to the many harmonies yet to come in the world of audiology.Have a question? Email us at: info@hearingmatterspodcast.com  Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
3 BIG Tips for 2024 to Impact Revenue and Patient Care
Jan 9 2024
3 BIG Tips for 2024 to Impact Revenue and Patient Care
Send us a Text Message.Experience a revolutionary perspective on the hearing care industry with Kelsey Fleming from Sycle, who joins us to share groundbreaking strategies for private practices. This eye-opening episode promises a treasury of insights, from navigating the sensitive discussions around hearing technology costs to unveiling patient financing options that strike a balance between accessibility and a practice's financial vitality. Kelsey and Blaise dissect the art of dedicating time effectively with patients, ensuring they receive optimal care while keeping clinic operations at peak efficiency. Embark on a heartfelt journey through a patient's transition from hearing aids to cochlear implants, as Blaise recounts the lessons learned and the undeniable necessity for ongoing clinician education. We delve into the symbiotic relationship between staff contentment and the success of a practice, particularly in the face of staffing tribulations post-COVID. Learn how Sycle's innovative software is redefining staff training, fostering rapid adaptation to clinic procedures, and enhancing the crucial contributions of front office personnel. Through our explorative discussion, uncover the keys to harnessing staff potential and paving the way for a thriving business in the ever-evolving world of hearing care.Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
6 Winning Strategies to Reduce Hearing Aid Returns in 2024
Dec 6 2023
6 Winning Strategies to Reduce Hearing Aid Returns in 2024
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered why some hearing aids end up returned more often than used? As a hearing care provider, are you keen to improve your return for credit rate? Join me, Blaise Delfino, in this episode as we explore the world of hearing healthcare and tackle key issues that can help reduce hearing aid returns in 2024.Brace yourselves as we journey into the nuances of empathetic healthcare and debunk myths surrounding hearing aids. We will address common reasons for returns like unsuitable fit, adjustment challenges and misaligned expectations, while providing practical advice to improve your practice's return for credit rate. Hear from my personal experiences as a private practice owner, and how I learned the importance of patient financing in hearing healthcare.In this enlightening conversation, we'll also uncover six effective strategies to enhance the return for credit rate. From mastering patient education and communication, to refining the onboarding process and follow-up schedule, we leave no stone unturned. Let's pledge to raise awareness about hearing health, improve patient satisfaction, and make 2024 a successful year for all hearing healthcare providers, students, and consumers. Tune in and let us together create a ripple of change in the world of hearing healthcare. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Unraveling the Vital Role of Speech in Noise Testing: A Conversation with Dr. Douglas Beck
Nov 21 2023
Unraveling the Vital Role of Speech in Noise Testing: A Conversation with Dr. Douglas Beck
Send us a Text Message.Are you fully aware of just how vital speech in noise testing is in the hearing healthcare field? Let us unravel this topic in our latest episode featuring Dr. Douglas L. Beck. We shed light on the critical importance of determining a person's ability to understand speech amidst noise, an often overlooked aspect in audiology due to time limitations and reimbursement issues. Yet, these tests are pivotal for determining the effectiveness of aural rehabilitation and the fitting of hearing aids.Curiously, there's a prevalent challenge where patients' hearing is deemed 'normal,' yet they grapple with understanding speech in noisy environments. Dr. Beck and Dr. Delfino share their insights on this predicament, discussing the value of speech in noise scores as a measure of auditory ability. We propose the Beck-Benitez Two-Minute Speech in Noise Test, an accessible tool that can help in these scenarios. The conversation also ventures into the area of verification and validation measures in clinical practice. Despite their crucial role in successful hearing aid fittings, they often remain unimplemented due to lack of awareness. It's our plea to fellow professionals to prioritize speech in noise testing for better patient outcomes. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Sami Rigby's Inspiring Journey with Ménière's Disease and Single-Sided Deafness
Oct 31 2023
Sami Rigby's Inspiring Journey with Ménière's Disease and Single-Sided Deafness
Send us a Text Message.What would you do if you suddenly lost your hearing? Sami Rigby, an Australian advocate and someone who knows this question all too intimately, joins us for an enlightening conversation on managing Meniere's Disease and her experience getting a Cochlear implant. Sami takes us through her personal journey, sharing how she moved from a moderate to severe hearing loss amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, the emotional toll it took and how she discovered the power of self-care and the courage to prioritize her needs.Isn't it fascinating how the brain adapts to new challenges? Sammy's experience with her Cochlear implant goes beyond just a medical device, it's about the brain merging the sounds from the implant with natural hearing - a process Sami describes with vivid detail. From initially sounding robotic to gradually resembling someone speaking through a microphone, she shares the strategies she uses in noisy environments and the importance of shifting mindsets in social situations. It's an account that not only demystifies the Cochlear implant but also gives a voice to the Meniere's community.There's a special triumph in overcoming obstacles and reclaiming your life, and Sami's personal victories are a testament to that. She opens up about her acclimation process with the Cochlear implant, the tools that helped her along the way, and the importance of hearing protection. Her story is a beacon of hope, reminding us of the resilience of the human spirit, and how technology is transforming lives in the hearing loss community. Join us for this inspiring conversation that will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the everyday activities we often take for granted.Connect with Sami Rigby on Instagram: @deafjamsami  Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast
Shaping the Future of Hearing and Speech Therapy - The Telehealth Revolution
Oct 24 2023
Shaping the Future of Hearing and Speech Therapy - The Telehealth Revolution
Send us a Text Message.Can you imagine a world where specialized help for hearing and speech therapy is just a few clicks away, even in remote and underserved areas? That's exactly what telehealth is doing and our esteemed guest, Nell Rosenberg, National Director of Teleservices at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, has a wealth of insight to share with us. Nell passionately discusses how telehealth is providing language-rich environments for children, breaking down barriers due to distance and availability of professionals.A critical part of these services is the involvement of parents in early intervention, especially from birth to the age of three. Nell shares her hands-on experience in coaching parents to become their child's first teachers, fostering a profound bond and ensuring high-quality care. We also address the emotional rollercoaster parents often find themselves on when dealing with an unexpected diagnosis. Listen in to learn more about virtual parent groups and referrals that build a welcoming and supportive community.Lastly, we delve into the future of tele-services. Nell believes these services are here to stay and will continue to influence the lives of professionals, parents, and children alike. Nell's enthusiasm is infectious as she encourages practitioners to embrace telehealth fearlessly. Tune in for an enlightening chat as we explore the promising future of telehealth in hearing and speech services. Support the Show.Connect with the Hearing Matters Podcast TeamEmail: hearingmatterspodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @hearing_matters_podcast Twitter: @hearing_mattasFacebook: Hearing Matters Podcast