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SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING MILESTONES Birth to Three Years • Reacts to loud sounds with startle • Is soothed and quieted by soft sounds • Turns head to you when you speak after neck holding achieved • Is awakened by loud voices and sounds • Smiles in response to certain voices when spoken to • Seems to know your voice and quiets down if crying Four to Six Months • Looks or turns toward a new sound • Responds to "no" and changes in tone of voice • Imitates his or her own voice • Enjoys rattles and other toys that make sounds • Begins to repeat sounds (such as, "ooh, " "aah, " and "ba-ba") • Becomes scared by a loud voice or noise Seven to Twelve months • Responds to his or her own name, telephone ringing, or someone's voice, even when not loud • Knows words for common things (such as, "cup" or "shoe") and sayings (such as, "bye-bye") • Makes babbling sounds, even when alone • Starts to respond to requests (such as, "come here") • Looks at things or pictures when someone talks about them • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake • Imitates simple words and sounds; may use a few single words meaningfully If you fail to see any of the above responses please consult concern. Audiologist, Hearing Assessment, Hearing Aid Fitting and Auditory Verbal Therapy "Early is always a Better"
Speech Banana The speech banana is a area in which all the speech sounds of the language fall on an audiogram. An audiogram is a graphical representation of a person's hearing sensitivity at a range of frequencies and loudness levels, and it is generally presented with frequencies (in Hertz on the x-axis and decibel level (dB) on the y-axis. When the sounds of speech or phonemes of all known human languages are plotted on an audiogram, they cluster in a banana-shaped region known as the speech banana. People with normal hearing sensitivity can also hear sounds outside of the speech banana. These sounds include ambient natural sounds such as a rustling of leaves in the wind or birds chirping. Artificial sounds outside of the speech banana can include music and mechanical noises (e.g., automobiles, lawn mowers). Audiologists are primarily concerned with hearing loss that occurs within the speech banana because it can slow the development of a child’s language and speech abilities, and this in turn can profoundly interfere with learning. Hearing loss within the speech banana can also hinder communication capabilities in adults, as in elderly people with age-related hearing loss. Benefit of the hearing aid also showed with the help of speech banana. If all the aided (speech and tone) fall with the banana then we consider as significant benefit from the device. If not child or adults will be evaluated for other hearing devices options like, Cochlear implant.
Auditory Deprivation February 3, 2014 By Bob Page, Clinician What it is and how to protect yourself from its effects Auditory Deprivation Without treatment, you can have permanent and irreversible hearing loss Auditory Deprivation is a condition that occurs in individuals suffering from hearing loss where their brain loses the ability to interpret words due to a lack of stimulation over an extended period of time. This condition can affect hearing loss patients who do not wear hearing aids, wear old hearing aids or only wear one hearing aid when two may be necessary. Even those suffering from a mild hearing loss can be affected by this condition. If hearing loss is not treated, auditory deprivation can cause an irreversible loss of functionality. How does this happen? You must first understand the difference between hearing and understanding. Your ears function as instruments to collect sounds and deliver these sounds to your brain. The speech interpretation center of your brain processes these sounds into words. If your ears cannot hear the sounds, then your brain does not have anything to process. The lack of stimulation in this area of the brain causes you to lose the functionality of understanding speech. So, basically if you aren’t hearing the words, you eventually lose the ability to understand them. When our vision starts to fade, we usually wait to seek professional help until we absolutely need it. Any delay in seeking help is not usually a problem because glasses are able to correct the problem immediately. Treatment for hearing loss is quite different. The longer you delay seeking treatment for your hearing loss, the harder it will be to treat it. Those with profound hearing loss who have suffered for a number of years may not be able to regenerate some of their speech perception. However, most hearing losses can be sufficiently amplified with the use of hearing aids to allow for near normal to normal hearing. Hearing aids will help your ability to hear and thus, stimulate your brain to protect you from auditory deprivation. Auditory deprivation is not a guarantee if you suffer from hearing loss as long as you are proactive with your hearing health. Have your hearing tested, and if necessary find the appropriate treatment sooner rather than later. Hearing aids can be a tremendous help by providing the necessary stimulation your brain requires to continue to understand everyday speech. Auditory Deprivation is a “use it or lose it” issue, so it is imperative that you are take action today to ensure your ability to perceive speech does not continue to deteriorate over time.
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Speech and hearing therapy are important health related specialties concerned with normal development of human communication and treatment of its disorders. Speech therapy focuses on voice and speech-language skills, while hearing therapy deals with hearing and hearing impairment. Speech or language disorders may be present at birth or acquired later in life by disease, illness, head injury, substance abuse or allergy. Hearing loss may be acquired before or during birth if a pregnant woman takes certain drugs or contracts a viral disease such as rubella. Children sometimes acquire hearing loss from infection and inflammation of the middle ear or from communicable diseases. Adult hearing may be affected by prolonged exposure to loud noise and the process of aging. For more information please contact us.
Digital Hearing Aids A digital hearing aid is a hearing device that receives sound and digitally codes (breaks sound waves up into very small, discrete units) before it gets amplified. A traditional analog hearing aid simply makes the sound wave larger to amplify sounds. Digital Hearing Devices have really rewritten the history in Hearing aid industry. Digital Aids are available in behind the ear, In the canal, completely in the canal forms. An analog hearing aids can only amplify incoming sound, and cannot adjust it, analog hearing aids very often amplify distracting background noise, making it challenging to hear in noisy environments and nearly impossible to understand conversation over the phone. We promote only Digital hearing aids in our clinic.
Voice Disorders Voice disorders are medical conditions involving abnormal pitch, loudness or quality of the sound produced by the larynx and thereby affecting speech production. Disorders are categorized in organic, psychogenic, functional and neurological. organic are vocal cord nodules, cysts, polys etc functional meaning voice box is normal but mechanism is being used improperly or inefficiently. psychogenic means due to some reason patient is unable to produce the voice in spite of normal laryngoscopy findings neurological disorders involves palsy, paresis, spasmodic dysphonia, Parkinson disease, other neurological diseases #Voice Therapy # ENT evaluation # Voice Evaluation
Misarticulation. A term is used when child is unable produce speech sounds clearly, which may characterised by distortion, omission, substitution or addition of phonemes. If your child is unable to speak clearly by the age of 3 1/2 to 4 years of age please consult Speech Language Pathologist to avoid further delay and other consequences. #Hearing Test # Speech Therapy #Hearing Aids
Auditory neuropathy/auditory dyssynchrony (AN/AD) is a condition that affects the neural processing of auditory stimuli. Patients with AD/AN are able to respond to sounds accurately but their ability to decode speech and language is affected. AN/AD has only recently been described. In the late 1970s, clinical investigators began to describe groups of patients with normal or slightly elevated audiogram pure tone thresholds accompanied with absent or severely abnormal auditory brainstem responses (ABRs). With the advent of the otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) in the mid 1980s, these groups of patients were found to have normal cochlear function. The finding of normal cochlear function accompanied with abnormal brainstem responses was defined in 1996 as auditory neuropathy (AN). Whether this represents a true auditory nerve neuropathy is debatable. Further investigations led to the conclusion that AN may truly represent a dyssynchronous auditory nerve rather than a neuropathy. This finding gave rise to the newer term of auditory dyssynchrony (AD). [1] For the purposes of this summary, AN and AD are considered synonymous (ie, AN/AD). Now a days this condition commonly known as Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD). Rather than just considering a condition some of researchers have labeled as syndrome. Treatment for ANSD is varies case to case and needs lot of trial and error method. Hearing aids have been effective of some of the cases where as cochlear implant is also being recommended strongly and found to be effective. Very short number of cases donot really benefits from above two option those advised to use communication strategies to be able to understand speech.
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