Communication is connecting. Join Dr. Carrie Spangler, a passionate audiologist with a personal hearing journey, as she interviews guests who are navigating their own professional or personal journey in the hearing loss world. If you want to be empowEARed or just want to hear some great hearing and listening advice, this podcast is for you!
Lynn Wood: Listening with Lynn
Join me in this special interview with Lynn Wood. This interview takes a trip down memory lane for both of us! Lynn was one of my audiologists as a tween and has continued to be a mentor and friend throughout my personal and professional journey. Lynn is a nationally recognized Listening and Spoken Language Specialist with over 35 years of experience. She is an audiologist by degree and specializes in pediatric LSL auditory verbal therapy, post cochlear implant auditory rehabilitation for children and adults, and therapy for individuals with auditory processing needs. Lynn is the founder of the Auditory Verbal Center of Wheaton and was one of the first audiologists to open a practice devoted exclusively to auditory rehabilitation. Lynn authors evidence-based LSL resources and Listen With Lynn™ is her online store that offers downloadable tools, games, and activities for children, their families, and the professionals who guide them.
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Dr. Johnnie Sexton, Au.D.: Changing the Culture of Communication
Join me for an engaging interview with Dr. Johnnie Sexton, audiologist, as we discuss The CARE Project and Educational Audiology services with a theme of changing the culture of communication. Dr. Johnnie Sexton, Au.D., has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing for over four decades. He has devoted his energy to redefining counseling for families with children who have hearing challenges and the professionals who provide services through The CARE Project, serving as Executive Director, for the advancement of family, professional, and pre-professional training opportunities in emotional/adjustment counseling. The CARE Project has become a national standard for family engagement for the unique family retreat experiences which provide emotional support and education for family empowerment. Dr. Sexton also owns a private practice specializing in educational audiology services and educational sign language interpreter services (John E. Sexton & Associates, Inc./JESA). Take a listen and be inspired to create spaces for emotional journeys, family support, and engagement in your areas.
For transcripts of this episode, please go to www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/empowear-audiology-podcast
For more information on the CARE Project: https://www.thecareproject.com/
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JESA/Educational Audiology: https://www.jesanc.com/
Dr. Jessica Hoefler: Unlocking Representation for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing Through Piper's Key
Join me in an inspiring conversation with Dr. Jessica Hoefler as she shares her story of Piper’s Key and her mission to gift inclusive books to children with disabilities that represent their unique selves in a positive light. Dr. Hoefler is an educational audiologist for the Summit Educational Service Center. She is also a strong and dedicated mother of 3. Piper’s Key was formed in memory of her middle child, Piper, who passed away after 27 days on earth due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA type 0). Had Piper survived, she would be living with multiple disabilities and would need opportunities to grow a positive self-concept. Dr. Hoefler has been able to combine her mother’s love with her professional passion as an audiologist by forming her nonprofit organization Piper’s Key. Through her nonprofit, she gifts inclusive books to children, many of who are deaf and hard of hearing. If you are a professional working with any children with differences or if you are a parent, please reach out to Dr. Hoefler through the website at www.piperskey.com or email at email@example.com.
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Growing Stronger in Acceptance and Advocacy
Join me in a conversation with Sara Robinson, M.A., CCC-SLP as she opens up about growing stronger in her acceptance and advocacy as a hard of hearing individual. In this episode, Sara opens up to our audience about growing up with a slow progression of hearing loss, her up and down struggles with hearing aids, and becoming more and more comfortable with being hard of hearing and advocating. Sara’s vulnerability is courage for others who are trying to “be fine” on the outside while furiously paddling underneath the surface to keep up with communication challenges.
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Sara Robinson, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Family Consultant for Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. She has worked with children who are deaf or hard of hearing for 13 years, first at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE, and then at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. She enjoys working with children of all ages and communication modalities to help each child and family reach their full potential. Sara grew up hard of hearing and uses her experiences to help guide families along their journey.
Sara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Composing a Soundtrack of Silence
Join me in a conversation with Matt Hay as he shares his emotional and physical journey of losing and regaining his hearing. Through his challenging experiences, he has chosen to focus on the things that he can do rather than the things that he cannot. Matt was a sophomore in college when he found out that he was going to lose his hearing. At first, he was in denial but when the sound started slipping away, he wanted to mentally capture and curate a soundtrack of songs about freedom, tragedy and falling in love. On this podcast, Matt takes us through his journey of overcoming the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of finding out about the diagnosis of NF2 (Neurofibromatosis type 2), losing his hearing, and going through the ABI (auditory brainstem implant) process. Listen in and be inspired by Matt’s message to listeners about hope, overcoming adversity, and inspiring those around you.
To find out more about Matt Hay visit his social media connections:
Matt Hay | Composing a Soundtrack of Silence (hearmatthay.com)
(4) Matt Hay | LinkedIn
Matt Hay | Facebook
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Do What You Love To Be The Leader in You!
Take a deeper dive into the impact that YOU have as a leader in your own life with guest Gayla Guignard, Chief Strategy and Programs Officer for the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Join me in an empowering conversation about the topic of servant leadership and how each person is a leader within. Each of us has a story to share and we have the opportunity to rewrite the story that we live. Gayla has extensive experiences and roles that have shaped her servant leadership. She served as the founding director of Indiana’s Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) preceded by several years as Indiana’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) coordinator. Gayla served as AG Bell’s Chief Programs Officer from 2003-2007, worked at the Univesity of Tennesse from 1991-2003, a consultant with the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) from 2007-2013. She is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and certified listening and spoken language professional. Do What YOU LOVE!
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For more information about AG Bell visit: www.agbell.org
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I’m a parent of a child with hearing loss. This is an extremely helpful podcast to learn from and be a good parent to my daughter. I’ve had an opportunity to listen to Dr. Spangler at a conference and she is awesome. Can’t go wrong with this podcast.
I recommend this podcast! Great information about hearing conditions and audiology.
-Ben Thompson, AuD - host of the Pure Tinnitus & Hearing Podcast