Developmental Audiologist

In all likelihood, you have never heard of a developmental audiologist before coming to Hearing Kids. You may be wondering, just what is a developmental audiologist and how do they differ from a clinical or educational audiologist? Clinical audiologists are healthcare professionals, who measure a person’s ability to hear sounds and appropriately catagorize the type…

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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 tightrope.  They first rolled over, crawled, pulled to stand, stood,…

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What Is Misophonia and What Can Be Done For It?

Misophonia?

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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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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