“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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What Should I Look For In A Treatment Plan?

Here are some things you might want to consider: Architectural modification – to improve the acoustic quality of the listening environment. Assistive Listening Device(s) – to improve the signal to noise ratio.  These devices amplify specific things, unlike hearing aids which amplify everything. Auditory Training – this should be deficit specific, based on the particular…

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APD, It Takes A Village…Or A Team

APD, It Takes A Village…Or A Team

Because of the tendency for many comorbid issues to exist alongside APD, a team approach is often advisable. Who needs to be part of the team differs for each student. A comprehensive differential diagnosis is key to identifying your team members. Emma was clearly intelligent, but unable to read at age 12. Emma had a…

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Missing: The Sign Post

“Joe has ADD,” his father informed me. “Can you test him to make sure?” “How do you know Joe has ADD,” was my natural question. “His teacher told me, he can’t pay attention he keeps daydreaming,” responded Dad. Well Joe did pay attention while we tested his hearing, listening, and vision. He did have a…

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Too Much Confidence in the Hearing Screening

Sue was 16 months old when the speech therapist realized Sue was hearing impaired. However, the pediatrician did not want to give a referral because Sue had passed her newborn hearing screening. Testing revealed that Sue had been progressively losing her hearing in the last few months… and she now needed a cochlear implant! Ken…

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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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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.   Many insurances cover basic hearing related assessment, but do not cover auditory processing testing.   In your conversation with your insurance representative, you will want to discuss that Hearing Kids is considered an out-of-network provider.  It…

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