Bottoms Up

Bottom-up, not Top-down That’s how you climb up a ladder to reach the top. You can’t magically get to the top if you are at the bottom, you need to work your way up. No one started out by riding a unicycle or walking a tightwire.  They first rolled over, crawled, pulled to stand, stood,…

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Does My Insurance Cover Your Services?

Hearing Kids insurance

The only way to know if your insurance covers Hearing Kids‘ services, is to check with your insurance company.   Insurance companies cover their stated services when they deem it medically necessary.  An auditory medical issue would include middle ear fluid.  It need not include a developmental delay and most certainly does not include an academic…

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What Is Misophonia and What Can Be Done For It?


Definition What is Misophonia?  Simply put, misophonia is a hatred of sound. After the definition nothing is simple. Diagnosis or Symptom? Just why is dealing with it so perplexing? Misophonia is largely diagnosed based on a behavioral subjective symptom, the angry outburst.  Diagnoses are based on quantifiable (physiological) objective measures called signs.  A quantifiable measure…

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What Can I Expect From My APD Assessment?

Looking for the right APD provider?

This is a common question, “what can I expect to happen at my APD assessment?” Only the audiologist you are seeing can tell you what to expect. What I can share with you is what you should look for: You want to walk away feeling your professional understands your struggle and was able to offer…

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Speech vs. Non-speech Tests in APD Diagnosis

The debate continues… Speech vs. non-speech tests For certain auditory processing assessments it is possible to use a non-speech based stimuli.  For example, it is known that phonemic awareness is a foundational skill that underlies reading.  Phonemic awareness is the ability to recognize and separate out the distinct sounds in a word and, when sounds…

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The Great Debate: Is APD “Real”?

The Debate A great debate exists questioning whether Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is even “real”? Could APD exist when test items are speech based or should a diagnosis be based only on tests using non-speech items?  (For more about speech vs. non-speech based APD testing see here.) This thinking was based on the belief that…

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Which Reading Remediation Program is Right For You?

Reading disability

Orton-Gillingham Wilson LiPS Seeing Stars Barton KIPP Read 180 Reading Rocket … Have you ever wondered why there are so many reading programs? The Situation Perhaps you suspect your child has trouble reading and would like to optimize the help you get through your child’s school? Maybe the school has informed you they would like to…

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No End Date In Sight (We Can Give A Time Frame)

Unless you are in a Tibetan monastery, schools are not known for their quiet. Dave, Michelle and Skylar all had difficulty with listening in a noisy environment. They all began sound therapy. Michelle satisfactorily completed the protocol in 9 weeks. Skylar finished in 12 weeks. While Dave took a little, longer finishing after 5 months.…

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