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AllAboutAudiology is a podcast hosted by Dr. Lilach Saperstein, an audiologist helping parents and teachers of children with hearing loss, or anyone interested in hearing health, to understand audiology topics. On the podcast, we explore how hearing works and discuss tools for becoming empowered advocates. Every other week, in the All About YOU segment, Dr. Saperstein answers your questions about anything from ear infections and tubes to deciding on cochlear implant surgery, deaf education, and sign language. In addition to: "My baby didn't pass the hearing screening!" "My child can hear but doesn't understand!" "Is my child deaf?" "Should I use sign language?" "Do I need a hearing aid?" "Should I get my hearing tested?" "Pros and cons of cochlear implants" "What are ear tubes" and much more.

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AllAboutAudiology is a podcast hosted by Dr. Lilach Saperstein, an audiologist helping parents and teachers of children with hearing loss, or anyone interested in hearing health, to understand audiology topics. On the podcast, we explore how hearing works and discuss tools for becoming empowered advocates. Every other week, in the All About YOU segment, Dr. Saperstein answers your questions about anything from ear infections and tubes to deciding on cochlear implant surgery, deaf education, and sign language. In addition to: "My baby didn't pass the hearing screening!" "My child can hear but doesn't understand!" "Is my child deaf?" "Should I use sign language?" "Do I need a hearing aid?" "Should I get my hearing tested?" "Pros and cons of cochlear implants" "What are ear tubes" and much more.

    All About “Parent’s Intuition”- Episode 29 with Avivah Werner

    All About “Parent’s Intuition”- Episode 29 with Avivah Werner

    Lilach Saperstein 0:05 Welcome back to The All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein. I’m so excited that you’re here. You’re going to love this episode because it combines everything that I’m all about. It is about audiology but also about the specific challenges of parenting a child with a hearing loss. I have a special guest for you today. Her name is Avivah Werner and she has a lot of experience and knowledge and expertise in parenting and a lot of wisdom to share with us. I really am excited for you guys to hear the conversation that I had with her and I definitely would like to send you over to avivahwerner.com to learn about her parenting leadership services. You’ll also have the link in the description. In a transcript. There’s always full transcripts of every episode at allaboutaudiology.com. So, let’s jump right into the interview and welcome Avivah!







    Welcome back to The All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein. And today on the podcast we are talking about parents and the importance of parents’ intuition when it comes to anything having to do, I mean in general medically, but specifically in audiology, and I have a special guest with me today, mother par excellence and she will introduce herself. Welcome Avivah!







    Avivah Werner 1:29 Hi, Lilach, thank you so much for having me. So, I’m Avivah Warner. I am-I didn’t know about the mother par excellence part but I am a mother. And like all mothers, I’m just trying to do my best every day and I’ve been blessed with a number of children, my youngest two do have special needs. And in regards to the hearing issue, I have a seven year old who we’ve been dealing with, a seven year old with down syndrome specifically. And I also have a three year old who has Down syndrome. So, we have been dealing with hearing issues.







    Lilach Saperstein 1:59

    Okay. So, can I ask you, before either of them were dealing with any of this, what did you know about audiology? Had you heard of Audiology at all? Like, what was? What did you know before all this became a big part of your life?







    Avivah Werner 2:15 Very theoretically, I’m a pretty well educated person. So of course, I knew about audiology, but about the specifics, I didn’t have any reason to know about anything more specifically, because none of my kids needed that kind of help and because it’s not my specific area of specialty.







    Lilach Saperstein 2:31

    So, yeah, I mean, that speaks to a greater point. That’s why I’m asking because a lot of people they never had to deal with it. They really don’t know, unless maybe they have a grandparent who has hearing loss, someone in the family or something like that. But audiology is really not front and center in people’s minds until it has to be.







    Avivah Werner 2:49 until you need it, you don’t need it.







    Lilach Saperstein 2:52

    Yeah. Okay. So, tell us, when did it come up? What’s the timeline?







    Avivah Werner 3:00 Well, because my baby had Down syndrome right away, he was tested at birth. And then it was recommended to continue testing him, because children with Down syndrome often have hearing loss. And this I knew was going to be very important to me because hearing clearly is very important to speaking clearly, and speaking clearly is a sign of intelligence. And if you speak unclearly,

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    All About YOU! Episode 28 Benefits and Limitations of Hearing Aids + SPEAK UP!

    All About YOU! Episode 28 Benefits and Limitations of Hearing Aids + SPEAK UP!

    Welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast!







    For information about Speak Up Session, visit allaboutaudiology.com/speakup







    To Download the free Hearing Aid Checklist, visit https://allaboutaudiology.com/free-hearing-aid-checklist/







    I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein and this is All About You! Episode 28.







    What are some of the greatest benefits of using hearing aids and what are the greatest challenges or limitations of hearing aids?







    All About YOU!







    I asked you guys this question over on my Instagram @allaboutaudiology podcast and got so many responses from many of you who are hearing aid users yourselves and also from parents, caregivers, family members or loved ones of children or someone you know who are using hearing aids. I wanted to get some of your input on the biggest benefits and some of the most difficult challenges of hearing aids. And you guys sent me a lot of answers so I want to share that with you.







    Just to really take a moment and recognize that hearing aids and cochlear implants are devices that can be incredibly beneficial and helpful to lots of different people throughout their lives. But there are also limitations that have to be considered and we can’t look at this thing and say, ‘Oh, they have their hearing aids, so they can hear everything.’ Or, ‘Now that the child has a cochlear implant, BOOM, they are good to go.’ We also need to recognize that there are going to be a lot of difficulties along the way, hopefully not A LOT of them, but there are definitely going to be some difficulties. And in terms of limitations, when you are talking about a microphone, that microphone is going to have a specific range of how far away it can pick up sounds.







    So I’m going to read a couple of responses I got from you guys. One of the beautiful things that I love to hear about the benefits of hearing aids, is when people tell me that they feel they have gotten their life back. They feel like they are able to participate in the world that they want to be a part of. To be able to work and hear their colleagues, to be able to go to school… I heard from one of you who is studying to become an audiologist and I found it to be so beautiful the way you wrote, ‘I love them. The best part of hearing aids is they allow me to participate in most situations. And Bluetooth connections allow me to be connected. The worst part is still in bars and clubs where I still struggle and have to worry about the weather and situations that might damage my hearing aids.’







    I responded and told him that it’s amazing that he’s studying audiology and soon enough, he will be able to program his own hearing aids. I was really moved by what you said, ‘Someday I’m going to be able to look at a scared little boy like I was and show them that they can do anything.’ That’s what you wrote to me. Those are the moments that it really feels like doing this podcast is really important and getting all of us to talk about how amazing it is that we have these technologies and we have audiologists who are trained in helping people to get to this place, where there is less fear and more possibility and more hope for the future.







    Now,

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    All About Auditory-Verbal Therapy- Episode 27 with Elaine Matlow Tal-El, AV Israel

    All About Auditory-Verbal Therapy- Episode 27 with Elaine Matlow Tal-El, AV Israel

    Welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein.







    Thank you so much for tuning in. I have to tell you that your reviews on Itunes and Apple podcast means so, so much to me and the show for more people to find the show and listen and join the conversations. On Instagram, we’re always interacting and I love meeting you guys and hearing about your stories, what brings you to the podcast and who in your life is bringing you to seek out this kind of information. So, definitely come join me over on Instagram @allaboutaudiology podcast. And if you leave a review and send me a screenshot, I will send you a little something as a “Thank You”.







    Now, today’s episode is about Auditory Verbal Therapy. And if you’ve heard this term or if you know about this, you also know that it can be touchy for some people and I’m always really interested in learning how other people are approaching the entire story, the entire challenge, the entire journey of having a child with a hearing loss, of learning what the options are. Where on the process are they getting their information from? These are all the questions that really occupy me and make me so passionate about this work and in working with parents. allaboutauidology.com/guide







    So, of course I wanted to learn more about this very important and prominent approach in the world of Auditory Verbal training for children with hearing loss and children who have hearing aids or get implanted with cochlear implants. And, so, I had the opportunity to speak with the executive director of AV Israel, an Auditory Verbal Therapy organization here in Israel. For those of you that don’t know, about a year and a half ago, I moved to Israel from New York. Actually there is a little bit of Hebrew sprinkled in our conversation when I spoke with Miss Elaine Matlow Tal-El and we’re going to talk about her journey in moving to Israel and her two daughters who are cochlear-implant users and what it was like. They’re now 29-year-old twins, and what it was like when they were young and cochlear implants were just coming onto the scene for children, and also being English speakers in a foreign country. The fact that she has done so much and started this non-profit and established a big supportive organization in Israel is really, really wonderful. It was wonderful to speak with her.







    Just a couple quick notes about our conversation. You will hear some Hebrew words but we do explain them. The first one is called, making Aliyah, which is moving to Israel from another country, is sometimes referred to as making Aliyah. We also had this conversation back in July, so you’ll hear us talking about some dates which are not current to right now. I did ask her to just start off with an introduction to Auditory Verbal Therapy for people who don’t know what that is. So here is how she describes Auditory Verbal Therapy.







    EM: “The auditory verbal approach is a science-based, an evidence-based practice for rehabilitation based on nine principles, if I’m not mistaken. Early intervention, early diagnosis, a use of technology, mainstreaming, parents as partners… It’s a diagnostic method that follows normative speech and language development markers so you can see that that’s working. But it’s based really on the fact that parents are at the center of a process that is there to e...

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    All About YOU! Episode 26 with Dr. Samantha McKinney

    All About YOU! Episode 26 with Dr. Samantha McKinney

    Welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein. And this is the All About YOU episode. If you are new around here, welcome! Every other episode is all about YOU. Some of your reactions, your experiences with audiology and this week, an incredible interview with an audiologist who is also a cochlear implant user! Her name is Dr. Samantha McKinney and she is also a pediatric cochlear implant audiologist, who herself has gotten a cochlear implant a few years ago. She’s going to tell us her story, which is just so interesting, inspiring and specifically fascinating because she knows both sides of everything that’s going on, both from the patient perspective and from the audiologist perspective. You can see so many of her great blog posts and tips and information at youcicanhearnow.com.







    Last week we heard from Dr. Lindsay Cockburn and we were discussing about cochlear implants; do they work, what are all the factors involved…And I thought it would be super, super interesting to bring Dr. Samantha McKinney in to hear her perspective on cochlear implants and to give us that unique perspective that she has.







    Before I play you the interview, I do want to remind you to visit allaboutaudiology.com/hope to learn more about the Hope Beyond Hearing program, which is a consulting and support service that I offer to parents of children with hearing loss. You do not have to do this alone! There is support and information and resources out there. Lots of things like this podcast and so many wonderful people putting out information on blogs. My program is something unique, in that it really integrates between the audiology information and your own mental health, your own ability to cope with the difficulty of the news of a diagnosis. And so that’s something that I’m really very passionate about, that if you are struggling, if this is something that’s really bigger than you, I do want to offer my support and my services to you. So you can visit allaboutaudiology.com/hope to learn more.







    Right now, we’re going to listen and learn about Dr. Samantha.







    LS: “I’m so excited to have you here on the All About Audiology podcast. This is Dr. Samantha McKinney from northern California. The reason I’m so excited to be speaking with you is because: Number one, I love following you on Instagram, and learning so much from your blog posts and from all of the things that you share. [Number two], you have a very unique perspective as both an audiologist, and as a patient. So can you tell us a little bit about yourself and anything you want to tell us?”







    Dr. M: “Thank you for having me on here. I’m excited just to talk with you today. I guess that you just kind of told my story a little bit. So I was not identified with hearing loss until just over a year old. I guess my mom was a little suspicious that I wasn’t responding and not talking. So she went to the pediatrician and they said, ‘Oh no, she’s fine. Big sister’s talking for her.’ So she thought, ‘Okay, we’ll just keep going.’ She still had her suspicions. She said that there was one time that my back was turned to her and she was calling my name, and got closer and closer and got right behind me and said, ‘Samantha!’ I freaked out because I had just seen her and didn’t realize that she was right behind me. So she knew,

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    Do Cochlear Implants Work? Episode 25 with Dr. Lindsay Cockburn

    Do Cochlear Implants Work? Episode 25 with Dr. Lindsay Cockburn

    Welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein, and in this episode we are going to be answering the question, “Do cochlear implants work?” Even that question, you already know, is a little bit of a challenge to answer because, what do we mean by work? Do they help somebody hear and have access to sound? Do they make someone have normal hearing? What does someone even mean when they ask the question, do cochlear implants work? And so I have a fabulous interview with Dr. Lindsay Cockburn, who is a pediatric audiologist and also blogs and puts out lots of great resources on Instagram and on her blog, @listenwithlindsay. So we’re going to jump in to that interview in just a minute.







    Before we start that interview, I do want to let you know that the next Hope Beyond Hearing program is starting on November 3rd. The program is a six week, online support group for parents of children with hearing loss. It’s really, really important to me that there’s an integration between the medical side of things, understanding the diagnosis and feeling empowered that you know how to read the audio-gram and that you know which intervention options are available to you, and that we focus on language development. That’s all one side of learning how to navigate being a parent to a child with a hearing loss and then there’s this whole other side, the emotional side. It can really be a struggle to address the shock and the grief sometimes, to be able to feel confident and hopeful that you are going to be a wonderful parent, that you are already a wonderful parent, but to give you some tools and not to neglect your own experience within this.







    So I’m an audiologist. I see many, many families both as my role in the hospital where I’m a diagnostic and clinical cochlear implant audiologist, and also during my time being an educational audiologist and lots of you that I’ve connected with online. And I really understand the importance of YOUR health, YOUR ability to understand and cope with everything that’s coming, surrounding have a child with a hearing loss. And I feel like there’s not really a place where audiologists have the time or have the opportunity to be supportive in that way for parents. So I do want to tell you that the program will be running from November 3rd for six weeks, we’ll end right before the holidays in December. You’ll have access to a private Facebook group with the other parents, and we’ll be having weekly group calls, where we discuss various topics and really address YOUR heart, how you’ve been handling this and getting some great tools, like guided imagery and meditations and other exercises that we’ll do together in order to feel more confident, feel more prepared to be the advocate that your child needs.







    We’re going to be talking about how to talk to family members about the diagnosis or the needs that your child has, how to advocate for them in school, and ways of building a strong, beautiful and connected relationship with your child and everyone within the family. So I come at this from the perspective of the audiologist because there are various circumstances that really come in to play when there is a hearing loss and that’s why I’ve put together this integrated program, the Hope Beyond Hearing program. And if you’re interested in learning more about that, all you have to do is visit allaboutaudiology.com/hope. You can go to the All About Audiology website and click on hope,

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    Troubleshooting Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants – All About YOU! Episode 24

    Troubleshooting Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants – All About YOU! Episode 24

    Welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein and I’m so glad you are here for another All About You episode! If you are new around here, Welcome. Thank you for joining us. Every other episode after the main episode, I do an All About You episode where I read your comments and reviews of the show which are so appreciated. And I answer some of the questions that have been coming in on Instagram and on Facebook @allaboutaudiology podcast.







    I’m going to start by reading such a lovely review from Samantha3185 who

    writes:







    “I’m enjoying your podcast. It’s been encouraging as a parent of a deaf child to hear from professionals. It’s incredibly difficult to find unbiased research when making choices. I also personally like the perspective that deaf children can be bilingual with ASL (American Sign Language) and English, as this is what we have chosen for our son. And that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. By using both at a young age, they’ll have those skills when they get older to make those communication decisions. Thank you for putting this out there as a resource for us.”







    Thank you, Samantha, for writing such a beautiful review and I’m really glad

    that that message resonated with you. Because from the beginning of this

    podcast, it’s always been my goal to give you guys the resources, the

    information, the things that you need so you can make the decisions that are

    best for you and your family. There is no “One size fits all, you have to

    do it my way.” “You have to go into a one language program either listening or

    spoken language or it’s totally deaf education and ASL. That’s it those are the

    only two options.” There are so many other factors involved and we’ve discussed

    these in previous episodes. AND we’re having some exciting interviews coming up

    in the next couple of episodes.







    Part of my whole mission with this is to empower you that you are able to deal with whatever is going on related to hearing loss. Whether it’s a child with hearing loss or an elderly parent with hearing loss or your own journey with audiology, with whatever is going on for you in your family and your loved ones, I want you to feel empowered. And with information and understanding, comes confidence, and self-efficacy, which means that you believe you are able to do things. That you believe you are able to learn something and execute it. A very important part of the process is developing self-efficacy both as a person with hearing loss or as a caregiver or a loved one to a person with hearing loss. Many parents of young children have to go through this process where they are also dealing with the entire hearing loss, and how to take care of the devices. Hearing aids and cochlear implants and FM systems and batteries and cables and wires and all these things. They are complicated and there’s a learning curve to understand how do all these pieces fit together. So, I made a really quick troubleshooting video and you can see it over on Facebook and Instagram. But I’m going to talk a little bit about why I made that video and why it’s been received so well.

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