Hearing and Kids

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Apr. 19, 2022

Two Ears Matter

Jane Madell
Years ago, when we were only implanting one ear, there was a great deal of discussion about whether to implant the right or left ear. Sometimes the two ears have significantly different hearing. When only one ear was being implanted or one ear was implanted first, there was a lot of discussion about which ear to implant first. Some thought
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Mar. 08, 2022

Learning to deal with new technology

Jane Madell
I have recently gotten hearing aids and it reminded me that we need to remember that adjusting to new technology is an effort for everyone. I remember in the olden days when people moved from analog to digital hearing aids both children and adults were certain that the new hearing aids weren’t working because they just didn’t sound as loud.
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Jan. 25, 2022

Supporting Children in After School Activities

Jane Madell
We know how important it is provide support services to children with hearing loss in school. It is just as important to provide support with after school activities. There are several things do consider. Vocabulary Does the child know all the words associated with the activity? Don’t assume. In sports activities think about all the words that might come up
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Jan. 11, 2022

It’s a New Year for Listening

Jane Madell
It’s a new year. What do we have to do during this year to help children with hearing loss succeed? Listening is the basis of success We have to be certain that the children are hearing what they need to hear. For children to succeed they need to hear everything that is happening in school and out of school. Remember
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Dec. 14, 2021

The More You Hear, The Better

Jane Madell
There have been several studies recently which remind us how important it is that children with hearing loss use their technology every waking hour. The Boys Town group has done many wonderful studies over the years. Several years ago they reported that children who wore hearing aids 10 or more hours/day performed significantly better than kids who did not wear
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Oct. 26, 2021

How can we improve outcomes for babies with hearing loss?

Jane Madell
All the research has shown that if babies wear technology 10 or more hours/day they will have good access to language and brain development. But all of us who work with families who have a difficult time keeping technology on children. Why is it that some families have a difficult time getting children to accept technology? What can we do
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Oct. 05, 2021

More about Pediatric Audiology

Jane Madell
When I was supervising new audiologists I always recommend a very old book about diagnosis. It was a book by Helmer Myklebust and was entitled AUDITORY DISORDERS IN CHILDREN: a manual for differential diagnosis. It was published in 1954. Myklebust was  a professor of audiology in the School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Director of the Children’s Hearing and
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Sep. 14, 2021

School is starting – we hope (I think)

Jane Madell
School is starting again and everyone needs to remember what it is like for a child with a hearing loss to be in school now. We need to be sure that everyone is protected, including our kids. Everyone needs to wear masks. This is just not negotiable. Covid is an awful disease and now, with the Delta variant, children are
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Aug. 03, 2021

The LMH Test For Monitoring Listening – Jane Madell and Joan Hewitt

Jane Madell
Today’s blog discusses a new test for monitoring listening developed by Jane Madell and Joan Hewitt We know that it is essential that children with hearing loss hear very well with their technology if they are going to be able to use listening to learn language and develop good literacy skills. That is the reason Dan Ling developed the 5
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Jul. 20, 2021

What is Pediatric Audiology?

Jane Madell
As I travel around (mostly by zoom of late) talking with different groups, I get so many questions about pediatric audiology from families of children with hearing loss, speech language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, and listening and spoken language specialists. I feel like I need to talk about this.   Pediatric audiology is not the same as adult audiology