Noise Induced Hearing Loss

When you think of October, what comes to mind? For most of us it’s leaves, apple cider, pumpkins, and Halloween. I doubt your answer would be “National Protect Your Hearing Month,” but that’s exactly what October is.   Protect Your Hearing Month is all about ways to keep people safe from Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). Don’t think this applies to you? Think again. Below are some pretty staggering facts about NIHL.

How to Talk With Your Baby (and Why it Matters)

Many first-time (and veteran) parents often wonder what kinds of things they should be doing with their newborn baby. Between the feedings, the diaper changes, and the sleep deprivation, it can be an overwhelming time! However, making the first year count is key and the possibilities to do so are endless (and pretty simple, too!). Listed below are some of my favorite ways you can incorporate language into your baby’s life:

What the Heck are the Ling Six Sounds??

If you have a little one with hearing loss and are using spoken language, you may have heard of the “Ling Six sounds” and wondered what they are. Or maybe you know what they are, but you’re struggling with how to actually use them with your baby. Read below for more information about why we use the Ling Six sounds and ideas about how to make them fun and enjoyable for both you and your little one! Note: this blog post is geared towards parents of young babies (ideally 0-18 months). Looking for ways to use the Ling Six sounds with your older child? Enter your email address at the bottom of the page and we’ll send you this FREE resource! 

My Child Just Got Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants: Now What??

If your child recently received her first set of hearing aids or just had her cochlear implant(s) turned on, this may be a very exciting and overwhelming time for you. You may find yourself scrutinizing your child’s reactions, desperate to know if she is hearing each and every sound. Unless you have older children who are deaf or hard of hearing, it can be difficult to know what to expect. Read below for some ideas about what skills to look for and what activities you can do to help your child start learning to listen!

My Child Won’t Keep His Hearing Aids/Cochlear Implants On!

Out of all the questions I get from parents of young children with hearing loss, “How do I keep his hearing aids/cochlear implants on?” is one of the most common.  As a parent, I can imagine that this must feel frustrating, overwhelming, and exhausting. Sometimes it’s hard enough just wrestling with your little one to change his diaper or get his clothes on! Add hearing technology to the mix and now you may just want to throw up your hands and wave the white flag of surrender, right? Not so fast! Read on for some quick tips of things you can do to help, along with some reasons why it’s so important not to give up.

7 Websites for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss (and the Professionals Who Serve Them!)

Navigating the world of hearing loss can be challenging and overwhelming. With today’s technology, you can find information and resources about almost anything with just the click of a button! But how do you know that the information you find is valid and reliable? And with all the information out there, it can be difficult to filter through and find what is most valuable. Sound Speech is here to help. Check out our list below to find the websites you don’t want to miss!