Behavioral Assessments

Approaches Physiological assessments have a simple approach, measure the function of the anatomical parts in question.  In our case this would mean the parts that make up the auditory pathway.  The pros and cons of this approach with the tools available can be seen in the previous article,  Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System. Behavioral…

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Physiological Assessments of the Auditory System

As a follow up to our introduction on creating an assessment battery (see here), this three part series  will take a closer look at the benefits and limitation of the three different assessment options. Physiological Assessments Benefits These tests assess function objectively based on anatomical areas. This means the person doesn’t have to be actively…

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Assessment Options for Auditory Processing Disorder

There are different approaches we can take in our goal to assess auditory processing. There are benefits and limitations to each of these approaches. Part of what you need to clarify is this, what are you trying to accomplish with your assessment? The answer is not as obvious as it may seem. If your goal…

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Time Is Of The Essence

Too often health issues go unaddressed…until the situation becomes urgent. Unfortunately, by waiting so long the situation can become critical and/or irreversible. Think of the person who dismisses a heart attack because he thinks, “It’s probably just indigestion and will pass soon.  I don’t want to make a big deal out of nothing.” Auditory Conditions…

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What Does Your Child’s Educational Evaluation Really Tell You?

All parents want the best for their children. To advocate for your child’s educational best be sure to be informed. What do your child’s tests really tell you? What is actually being tested? What are the underlying functions necessary to perform well on the test? Are those (bottom-up) functions/processes working properly? Simple things like an…

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Just What Does An Audiologist Do?

    An audiologist helps you maximize your quality of life by ensuring you optimize your auditory access to communication. This is done through these professional activities…     —————————————————-   Assess the entire auditory system —————————————————-   Catch other comorbid conditions —————————————————-   Diagnose auditory disorders —————————————————-   Manage auditory disorders —————————————————-   Provide…

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“Minimal Hearing Loss”, Big Impact

What is Minimal Hearing Loss? There is a special category we use with children that is called a “minimal” or “borderline” hearing loss. This category means that, unlike a typical hearing loss, hearing aids are not warranted for amplification. This is the pink area shown on the audiogram. Why is This Important? So why create…

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Language Processing Disorder vs. Auditory Processing Disorder

language disorder vs auditory processing disorder are contributors to reading disorders

Just what is the difference between language processing disorder vs. auditory processing disorder? The answer is not simple.  Even more importantly, this is a touchy subject that evokes a lot of passionate opinions amongst various professionals.  This includes the obvious audiologist and speech-language pathologist as well as the less obvious educational psychologist and even some…

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