Articles I Have Written
- The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss
- Sleep Studies for Kids
- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Today's lectures at John Tracy were very interesting- including staff from the House Ear Institute for a Q&A session on cochlear implants and a lecture on auditory learning. While Nolan is nowhere near implant candidacy criteria, it was interesting to learn about the implants and to see actual displays of the three models available.
The auditory learning lecture included information on acoustic highlighting and how children use listening as the main input for developing speech: we speak what we hear. Many of the acoustic highlighting techniques are completely new to me. I never thought to whisper to a deaf child, and as it turns out, this technique enhances the audibility of higher frequency consonants. This was termed the "Buenos Dias" effect, because if you shout, "bUEnOs dIAs!" you can hear the vowels very loudly, but the consonants are masked. If you whisper, "BuenoS DiaS," you can hear the softer, high frequency consonants better.
After school, most of the John Tracy group headed out en masse to the playground on Flower St. This time, sunscreen and swimming suits were taken along for the ride- the kids had a blast playing in the fountain. I wonder what the locals think, with a huge caravan of strollers and parents wandering through a construction zone in Los Angeles. We'll do anything for a language opportunity (and a way to get the wiggles out)! After playing, everyone gathered in the lounge on the 3rd floor for pizza and pasta. We had a great time, though the noise made Nolan crazy. He huddled with Dennis and wouldn't play with any of the kids.
I will not blog tomorrow, because we are headed out to a Dodger's game tomorrow night. Someone (very generously) donated Dodger's tickets to the John Tracy Clinic, and our family won a raffle. We get to sit in an all-you-can-eat pavillion, which is possibly the most awesome invention in baseball. Dodger Dogs, here we come!