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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 Teletherapy- Episode 40 – Season 3 wrap-up with Stacy Crouse, SLP

    All About Teletherapy- Episode 40 – Season 3 wrap-up with Stacy Crouse, SLP

    Welcome back to The All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein and today we are celebrating Episode 40 and the end of season three, another 10 amazing episodes of the podcast!!!!! I am so grateful to each and every one of you who listen to the podcast, and for sharing it with your friends and in your Facebook groups and in your support groups. I really, really appreciate it and I’m so grateful that you’re listening and to be having these incredible conversations. From the beginning, you guys know this podcast is all about connecting with you guys and having a dialogue. It’s not just me speaking, you know, and lecturing and saying what I think but it’s really important for me to bring on other voices and other stories and perspectives so that we can all learn from one another.







    Before I jump into the interview with Stacy Crouse, who has been doing teletherapy for years and she shares some of her greatest tips both for new therapist learning the whole world of teletherapy and for how parents can support their children from home while they’re doing online therapy. But before we jump into that conversation, I would just like to take a few minutes to do a recap of season three. And if you haven’t heard any of the episodes, definitely go back and listen.







    Season Three started off with an incredible interview with Mama Manon, who is a parenting coach with her perspective of looking at connection and how can we get close to our children by being really present and seeing what their needs are in the moment and what our needs are in every situation. Lots of amazing tips there for connecting and for remaining present in prioritizing getting to know our children, definitely check out Episode 31 for that interview with Mama Manon.







    Now, you guys know that I love audiology and I can talk about it all day and get really excited about the details and things that we can learn. But it’s also really important for me not to only speak in jargon, and use all this medical terminology. I want to know how is this affecting your life, your experience, and how the things that we’re doing in the audiology clinic and during testing appointments, how that applies to you and what that means for you, your family and your child. And that’s why I was very excited about Episode 33, with Dr. Julie Renshaw, and we talked all about the audiology equipment. You’d think that episode is very technical, but in fact, it was a lot about how we use the equipment to get the information that we need and how we can have the parents be a partner in that journey. Dr. Renshaw shared her experience and her tips for new clinicians. So, a lot of you student audiology listeners out there really loved that episode. And it was also beautiful to hear how she includes parents in a diagnostic evaluation so that they can also be following along and understand what the testing means. That was Episode 33. You can go check that out.







    Of course, all of these will be linked in the show notes with full transcripts of every episode as always, and then it was March of 2020. And that’s just about the time that the COVID-19 pandemic was really affecting many, many millions of people all around the world, with many of us staying at home with our children. And on a href="https://allaboutaudiology.

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    All About Balance – Episode 39 with Michelle Riddle

    All About Balance – Episode 39 with Michelle Riddle

    Welcome to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein and on today’s episode, we’re going to be talking a lot about balance, not only about actual physical balance, like how we make our body and space, but also a lot of different ways that we can balance how we show up in the world for our kids, for our patients, for our students. And I have with me a very special guest, Michelle Riddle from British Columbia, that’s in Canada, hahaha, for those of you who are from New York, like me, just joking, and don’t necessarily know your geography. Anyway, Michelle Riddle is an occupational therapist, and also a registered holistic nutritionist. And she is going to share with us about a very interesting triad, like a three part paradigm. So, let’s welcome Michelle to the show.







    LS: “Welcome, Michelle, thanks so much for coming on the show. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.”







    MR: “Yeah, hi, my name is Michelle Riddle. I’m an occupational therapist and registered holistic nutritionist. I am an instructor at Vancouver Island University and my passion is brain development. I have a company called Resilient Health and the goal is to be able to help people, especially our kids, develop in the way that is the best for themselves, to achieve their potential and bring that forward throughout their life.















    Thank you so much for having me here today. This is really exciting. Yeah, the Visual-Vestibular-Auditory Triad, so there’s a three part series there that is necessary for us to be able to process information and to learn. And it’s a really interesting group of sensory organs. Because we have our eyes that are taking in the information from what we’re seeing in our environment, but they also have muscles and how the eyes move in space determines how we perceive what we’re looking at, how we can track visually, and how we can judge distances. Then we have our ears for hearing and also for registering vibration. And in the inside of our ears, we have the vestibular system. And this system is a wonderful system that ties that whole triad together.







    So, with that triad, we need it to be able to control movement. We need it to be able to figure out where we are in space, to give us a three dimensional view of the world. Also to feel secure and stable. When our body is dealing with gravity all the time, if we’re not in control of our postural muscles, our brain senses that there’s something kind of off, what are we doing? How do we manage this? So, there can be an emotional component as well within this whole system. The three units, the visual system, the vestibular system and the auditory system all share the eighth cranial nerve. And there needs to be noise from the vestibular system along this nerve for the brain to really process the information from all of these systems.







    LS: “Wow. That’s a lot, so, we’re gonna break that down. Let’s start from the beginning. First of all, what is an occupational therapist for those who don’t know exactly, specifically. I think a lot of people think oh, OT (occupational therapist) will help you hold a pencil. An OT will help children who have low muscle tone, maybe those are things that are commonly known about OT, but actually, we are big fans of interdisciplinary care. And there’s a lot of overlap between audiologists and speech pathologists for sure, those are super close. We’re always talking about communication. But we also have a big relationship together with OTs and PTs (physical therapist) for the vestibular system,

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    All About You- Episode 38

    All About You- Episode 38

    The FIG Method Course!







    Welcome to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein and this is the All About YOU! episode, and today we’re going to be talking about advocating. You guys know that this is a really important part of my message and of the mission of the All About Audiology podcast. And everything that I do is to help empower families, who are navigating this whole world of audiology and of having a child who has specific communication needs, specific health challenges and educational needs. A really big part of that is learning how to advocate. Knowing what it is that you need and what you want for your child to have, knowing what their rights are, what accessibility you want them to have and then fighting for it so that they get it. That big, big piece of the journey is often left to the side, and left to when we are able to think about it, when we are not in this super rush of everything else going on.







    So, I mentioned this before on an earlier podcast about how with everything that’s changed in the world, in our new post-corona era, we maybe had time to take stock of what are the big things that matter. What do we really want for our kids, for ourselves, for our family, for our home, and for how we want our life to look. Of course, it’s been a very difficult time for many people and if you are struggling or grieving, then be there and I’m really with you in that. Maybe, you can also make room for more connection and being even more connected to your child and being involved in their journey. Not only their journey, but yours as well.







    If you have been following me on Instagram, or you are in the All About Audiology Facebook group, then you know we are in the middle of the 5 day “Know What To Say” challenge. I’ve been sending emails and also going live every day on both Facebook and Instagram to talk about how to know what to say in those really difficult situations where you are hit with someone else’s comments. So, I really encourage you to come and join the group and check on those videos. You can always watch them, they are all recorded.







    The big and exciting thing that I’m finally sharing with you guys is the FIG Method of Advocating Course. This is a framework that I came up with after working with many, many families. It helps you understand what is the process and it really breaks it all down. How am I supposed to know what to say? Am I really just supposed to swallow it and move on? Or do I fight back? Do I explain or educate?







    All these times when you are in that place, someone is either attacking you or they are being super ignorant. I think we can all relate to this with any time in your life where you felt that someone has said exactly the thing that you didn’t need to hear. Something that was really hurtful to you, made you very angry or confused, uncertain, insecure or shocked, how could they say such a thing, right? With the FIG Method, I break down what are the elements that you can go through in order to know on the spot and in the moment what to say. What’s the right thing? What do you need out of this situation?







    This is a training that I have given to groups of parents and non-profit organizations. It has been such an excellent workshop with a lot of back and forth and interaction,

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    All About Trauma-Informed Practice – Episode 37 with Colleen Wilkinson

    All About Trauma-Informed Practice – Episode 37 with Colleen Wilkinson

    Welcome back to The All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein. And this episode is really truly from my heart. Coming to you guys, to my listeners, it’s a topic that’s really, really important to me and something that really propelled me into making this podcast. And the more and more we’re continuing with interviews, more and more guests come on the show, the more I interact with you guys, I see that the original message that I wanted to come and put out in the world is really something that’s very, very necessary. And that is that, this is hard, this journey, hearing loss, learning all about audiology, making really big decisions for your child is not an easy topic. It’s something that really has to be given weight and really has to be taken seriously.







    And something that I was noticing throughout my studies and throughout my work was that there was a lot of emphasis and focus on doing the interventions, doing the treatments, getting the hearing aids, programming them and, many hours of speech therapy, or deciding to do the cochlear implant surgery… And then boom, boom, boom, like action, action action, which obviously is fabulous and very necessary. And there wasn’t quite as much urgency and attention given, almost at all, to the emotional processing of the family to the news of the hearing loss, specifically to the parents, who may have really been totally caught off guard by this diagnosis or not. Whatever it is that the experience of the parents is, it wasn’t being properly addressed.







    And it’s really the perspective that I wanted to bring to this, to the all about audiology project, to this whole community, is that we really do need to care for ourselves as parents, where audiologists do really need to take into account the parents’ reaction, the parents’ readiness, the available resources, in all the ways that that means. Financial and time and emotional attend to the needs that now have presented themselves with this diagnosis, and also to the entire process of grieving, of being in denial, of accepting the news, of going into action, of becoming advocates; this whole journey that twists and turns and winds back and comes back around. It’s really something that is, I feel, a very big message, a very big mission for me to make room for that and make space for that within the community of families who are navigating hearing loss.







    In Episode 31, I interviewed Mama Manon, who is a French teacher and gives parenting workshops where her entire approach is coming from addressing our children and connecting with our children from a body level. How do our bodies feel in different circumstances, what is that gnawing in my stomach or that fluttering in my chest? Am I listening to those cues? Am I paying attention to my body and then also making room to connect with what our child’s bodily experience is? Like if they’re flailing around if they’re unable to regulate their bodies and all of that. So, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to Episode 31, I highly recommend you go back. And then in Episode 33, I interviewed Dr. Julie Renshaw, and we talked a lot about the experience of the diagnosis in the context of the equipment that we use, so it was kind of a technical episode and something that I’m always trying to do is make a balance with these episodes so that y...

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    All About YOU! – Episode 36

    All About YOU! – Episode 36

    Welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein. And this is Episode 36, the All About YOU! episode.







    The last episode, Episode 35 was all about tinnitus with Dr. Kelly Dyson sharing so many great tips and a lot of information about how we diagnose tinnitus, ringing in the ears, and how we can treat it and help people cope and manage when they have tinnitus. And as you guys know, the All About YOU episode is where I come in and see how did the previous episode land with you guys? What were some of your takeaways things that you learned? And some follow up questions that you had.







    I received one comment from a longtime listener, a big fan of the show, and she was so excited about this episode. She said,







    “Now I get it. We’ve just come back from a long visit with my mother in law who has tinnitus and is struggling so much. She was so irritable and annoyed with the tinnitus. It was hard for her to focus, play with the kids and she would get tired very easily. Listening to your podcast gave me explanations, and I was able to understand a little bit of what she’s going through. I also like that you mentioned about the supplements, because she had recently purchased one of these kinds of supplements that said on the bottle, ‘You will only see results after three months.’ But there was only one month’s worth in the bottle. It seemed like a scam to me. I also loved the idea of doing yoga with the yoga video that Dr. Kelly mentioned. And I sent my mother in law the link. Thank you so much, Dr. Saperstein, for your podcast and all that you do.”







    And thank you for sending in such a nice comment!!! And I’m so glad that we’re able to spread the message of the podcast, the experts that we’re bringing on the show, and the topics that we cover here can apply to lots of people that you know. And I’d like to ask you a big favor, which is the next time you’re talking to someone and they tell you their child is getting tube surgery, how about sending them a link to Episode 13, all about tube surgery? Or if someone asks a question about tinnitus, you can absolutely tag me but if you send a link to this episode, they’ll have all the information and tips that we’ve talked about. And that way you can help your friends and family out. Whenever there’s a question or something that comes up, you’ll be the one to point them in the right direction, to the heart centered information that you can find on this podcast.







    One of the things Dr. Dyson @thetinnitusdoctor mentioned in the episode was that she had had tinnitus as a child and didn’t really realize that it was tinnitus because she just thought it was normal. And we had another listener write in on Instagram, she sent me a DM on Instagram @allaboutaudiology podcasts. You can always DM me there. I check all my DMs. She wrote,







    “The tinnitus episode was so interesting. I’ve had it probably my whole life but didn’t know it isn’t something everyone experiences until I was an adult. I remember asking my mom as a young child, what was making that sound in a silent room,

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    All About Tinnitus- Episode 35 with Dr. Kelly Dyson

    All About Tinnitus- Episode 35 with Dr. Kelly Dyson

    Hey everybody and welcome back to the All About Audiology podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Lilach Saperstein and this is the long awaited tinnitus episode. So, there’s a lot to say about tinnitus. And it’s very important to differentiate between a time when tinnitus is a signal of something serious that requires medical attention and maybe imaging studies to see if perhaps there’s really something going on with the auditory pathway with the ear. Sometimes, there can be a tumor, a very small tumor pressing on the auditory nerve. And that is what’s causing the tinnitus. That’s the most severe kind of thing that could be going on. But tinnitus can also be a totally benign and regular typical experience that lots of people have.







    So, it can be scary to look up tinnitus on the internet and see the Google searches of, “OMG, Do I have a tumor?” Whereas, it’s also something that’s super, super common and totally not dangerous and, you know, not medically alarming for the most part for most cases. Regardless, across the board, of course, if you are having tinnitus, if you are having ringing, buzzing, or any kinds of sounds in your ears, right away, go see a doctor, specifically an ear, nose and throat specialist or even more specific, a neuro-otologist.







    It’s important to get the right proper care and of course to visit an audiologist and get hearing tests because many, many times hearing loss and tinnitus come together. A person can be struggling with and suffering from a tinnitus, from a ringing in the ears that’s bothering them. And then they find out they also have a hearing loss which isn’t the thing that’s bothering them but actually can be related. And once they start using hearing aids or any other treatment to help with the hearing loss, it actually improves their perception of the tinnitus. So, absolutely get a hearing test.







    And here are some of those red flags. If the tinnitus is:







    * only being heard in one ear and not in both ears * being heard in the head* if it is really, really loud and feels like it’s louder than the sounds around you or louder than people’s speech* if it is a roaring, low frequency* if it is pulsing,







    those are all signs that you should absolutely get a medical and an audiological workup, as opposed to the kind of tinnitus that many of us experience which is a very high frequency, like “eeeee” or something like that, which is very soft and quiet and you hear it more when there’s no noise, when you’re in silence. Especially if you’ve just been exposed to a lot of sound, like if you’re coming home from a concert or something, and then you experience that tinnitus, that is something that can be expected. Of course you definitely want to protect your hearing in those situations, so go back and listen to our protect your hearing episode to find out how.







    There’s just so many things to understand about tinnitus. It isn’t just one kind of thing. And that’s why you’ve got to see someone who is really trained and has a lot of expertise in this specifically. Which brings me to our fabulous interview today with Dr. Kelly Dyson, who is the tinnitus doctor on Instagram. She and I had a conversation about tinnitus and I’m so excited to play it for you now. Thank you so much for being a listener of the All About Audiology podcast. And we are also celebrating 10,000 downloads. So, thank you for being a listener.

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