Tinnitus: Cause, Concern, and Treatment

What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus, the perception of sound without an external source, affects approximately sixty million Americans. These individuals report various sounds including ringing, buzzing, whistling, chirping, hissing, humming, roaring, or even shrieking. Tinnitus can be perceived to be steady or pulsatile, in one ear or both, constant or intermittent, and from within the head … Continue reading Tinnitus: Cause, Concern, and Treatment

Naming a Sheep after Concussion:When Milliseconds Matter

Concussions can be pretty uncomfortable injuries. Your head hurts. Your body often hurts. Sometimes you’re very sensitive to light and sound. Often, people who have had a concussion feel “foggy” or “fuzzy” for the first few weeks, when they are aware that something about the way they’re thinking is just not quite right. As recommendations … Continue reading Naming a Sheep after Concussion:When Milliseconds Matter

Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence

In conversation, people often adjust the way they speak based on the people to whom they are talking. We can see this phenomenon most clearly when people talk to babies or animals and inadvertently switch over to a more high-pitched, sing- song tone of voice. This is an example of an adjustment made to improve … Continue reading Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence

Teaching Students to Collaborate Across Disciplines

Healthcare delivery is transitioning towards a more collaborative model of service provision, commonly referred to as Interprofessional Practice (IPP). This term is used frequently, but what does it mean and how is it applicable to the fields of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology? IPP was first referenced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and refers to … Continue reading Teaching Students to Collaborate Across Disciplines

Clinical Education for Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists

There is a large and continually growing need for qualified bilingual speech-language pathologists in the United States. Given the roughly 400 languages spoken in the United States (Ryan, 2013), it is not surprising that there is a great demand for speech and language services in languages other than English. Bilingual speech-language pathologists account for less … Continue reading Clinical Education for Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists

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Smartphone Apps for People with Hearing Loss

For many people with hearing loss, even those who wear assistive technology such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, daily communication can be quite challenging, often exhausting, and at times present safety concerns. Smartphone technology has offered new ways and opportunities to ease communication for people with hearing loss. In fact, a smartphone itself can … Continue reading Smartphone Apps for People with Hearing Loss

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What Dogs Can Teach Us About Language

For centuries, researchers have been fascinated by the evolution and development of language. How did humans develop the ability to utilize complex language when no other species have? What is it that makes humans unique? One possibility is that the location of language processing in the left hemisphere of our brains allows for the development … Continue reading What Dogs Can Teach Us About Language

Is it a reading problem, or an oral language problem?

Note:  The ideas underlying this blog post originally came from word-finding expert Dr. Diane German, who was first author on the study discussed here and deserves all credit.  For more information on word-finding, please see Dr. German's website, http://www.wordfinding.com/. Many children with reading problems also have difficulty with oral language.  But one concern has to do … Continue reading Is it a reading problem, or an oral language problem?

Technology, Distractibility, and the Classroom

This is the third in a three-part series by Lucy Erickson looking and the impact of classroom design, and environmental noise on learning. Lucy originally began this discussion at learningscientists.org. Click to read that blog.   I recently had the opportunity to observe instruction in a first grade classroom. The teacher was giving a vocabulary lesson in … Continue reading Technology, Distractibility, and the Classroom