Yanny vs. Laurel- an explanation of auditory illusions

  An auditory illusion has recently gone viral - the recording can be heard either as "yanny" or "laurel". A number of people have explained the acoustics behind it - but what does this mean for how we actually hear? (Author's note: to make this more accessible for laypeople, I have oversimplified; for those of … Continue reading Yanny vs. Laurel- an explanation of auditory illusions

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?

Word-finding Difficulties in Children – How the Word Itself Matters

We have all had the annoying experience of being unable to come up with a particular word, even though we are positive we know it, and it is just “on the tip of my tongue”.  For most of us, this situation is, happily, rare.  But for some children, such occurrences are frequent enough that they … Continue reading Word-finding Difficulties in Children – How the Word Itself Matters

Safe spaces in HESP departments, and the importance of the auxiliary verb

This past year has seen a recent increase in the debate regarding freedom of speech on college campuses, and the issue of "safe spaces".   (See the Washington Post for one editorial from the fall.) And while we often do not think of Hearing and Speech as being the type of topic that is likely … Continue reading Safe spaces in HESP departments, and the importance of the auxiliary verb