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Hearing and the Brain

Thu, 29 May 2014 12:10:53 +00002014-05-29T12:10:53Z

One of my favorite classes in grad school was brain anatomy; but, the day we dissected a real brain was a letdown. This was what controlled our thought, emotions, learning, speaking, movement? It seemed so small and....rubbery. Later, I got to see the brain in the operating room when learning how to do interoperative monitoring. It pulsed. It was fascinating. Audiology is usually thought of in terms of hearing loss, but the ears are simply a gateway to the brain; the brain is truly how we hear. In The Effect of Hearing Loss on Development, we look at how the brain is impacted when sound can not get to it during the critical periods of learning. I am also starting a series of articles about Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). There is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic so this series will break it down into manageable chunks starting with Why Can't My Child Listen? and Evaluation of APD. Later articles will examine the different categories of APD and the treatments available. As always, please drop me a line with your ideas, questions, or observations. You may see them in the next articles!

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A little of this, a little of that

Sun, 04 May 2014 18:29:30 +00002014-05-04T18:29:30Z

Charlotte, NC - NASCAR racing is big business and draws big crowds to the city. To discuss a negative about the sport is blasphemy to some people; so I was a little hesitant hitting the "publish" button on Racing Towards Hearing Loss. I really hope that it is read with an open mind; decreasing the noise exposure of the crew and drivers could theoretically increase reaction time and performance - perhaps enough to make a difference between winning and losing. How amazing would it be to have a winning team go home and be able to hear their grandchildren's voices? Sounds like a win-win to me!

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When interests meet

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:23:19 +00002014-04-14T21:23:19Z

Cooking has always been a passion of mine; I admit that starting out it was a bit rocky - there was that time in college I had to mop macaroni and cheese off the ceiling and cabinets - but with practice I learned how to cook healthy and delicious meals. How what we eat affects our bodies and prevents disease is fascinating. I completed the health coaching program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and learned so much about nutrients, antioxidants, and different theories of eating. In Nutrition and Hearing Loss, both my interest in nutrition and audiology meet.

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Hearing 101

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:29:26 +00002014-04-07T18:29:26Z

Every day I go to work I get the opportunity to educate people. Some days it is teaching other professionals what diagnostic tests and rehabilitation options audiology can provide to their patients. Other times it is helping a person navigate the complexities of getting help for hearing loss. Then there are the days when I tell parents that their child has hearing loss and they are about to become experts about something they never considered would affect their family. In "What is an Audiologist", we start with the basics about the difference between an audiologist, otolaryngologist, and hearing aid dispenser.

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Federal Judge: OK to Sue CNN

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:57:03 +00002012-03-28T20:57:03Z

A Federal judge has ruled that it is okay for the Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness to continue with its lawsuit against CNN for its failure to closed caption online.  The judge rejected CNN's arguments such as that its refusal to caption online was an exercise of its First Amendment rights.  CNN.com, getting the message yet? All we want is access!




Just Replace "Black" With "Deaf"

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:25:13 +00002012-03-22T20:25:13Z

By now, almost everyone knows what happened to Trayvon Martin in Florida.  I can easily imagine a similar situation happening with any deaf person in Florida. Picture someone like George Zimmerman calling out "Hey! What are you doing here?" to a deaf person walking in the neighborhood. When the deaf person does not answer, the "neighborhood watch" person runs up, clearly irritated at being "ignored" and that there was no response and pushes the deaf person out of frustration. The deaf person, startled by the push from a stranger, instinctively reacts in a physical way. A fight starts...the "neighborhood watch" person shoots...deaf person is dead.

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Latino Moms and Deaf Babies

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:26:11 +00002012-03-21T21:26:11Z

Fox News Latino has a report about how a Latino mother threw herself into learning sign language and becoming part of the deaf community, when her three sons were born deaf. This mother holds weekly sign language classes in her own home. Her active involvement led to her becoming a parent mentor in a Department of Education program for parents of deaf children.




Gallaudet University's New Master's Degree

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:55:04 +00002012-03-18T19:55:04Z

Last week Gallaudet University announced it was offering a new master's degree in Public Administration. The article quotes the Gallaudet president citing the need for such a degree to help deaf and hard of hearing government and nonprofit employees advance. The new program starts this coming fall.




Will Rocky Mountain Deaf School Get New Home?

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:53:35 +00002012-03-15T09:53:35Z

The Rocky Mountain Deaf School is trying to build a new home for itself. Its current home is to say the least, substandard. Would you want your child attending school next door to a bar? The neighbors at the potential new site, are trying to stop the school from being built on its proposed new home, which is already zoned for a school. RMDS is up against the clock because if it doesn't succeed, it could lose a needed state grant to pay for the new school building.




Bullied Deaf Kids in Chicago Schools

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 22:45:54 +00002012-03-10T22:45:54Z

Are Chicago's public schools incapable of protecting deaf and hard of hearing children from being bullied? Maybe, if this story about a deaf nine year old boy with a cochlear implant is any indication. For one thing, a school bully ripped off the boy's speech processor and threw it on the school playground.  Instead of hunting for the implant the school sent the boy home without his implant and it became broken from lying on the playground in the rain.