For most of us, we must be able to listen in order to speak. Put another way, listening plus speaking equals successful communication. Fortunately, for children with hearing loss, listening has become less of a challenge due to the availability of testing that allows early detection of hearing loss and the early use of advanced hearing technology – like hearing aids and cochlear implants.
This podcast, The Listening Brain, will celebrate listening and speaking in the context of childhood hearing loss. Hosted by K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., a noted Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, speech-language pathologist, and Professor, the podcast will explore educational trends, new developments in technology, and advances in research. We will interview professionals in the fields serving a child with hearing loss, and, most importantly, families who are supporting their children on this journey to listening and spoken language success. And, equally, as important, we’ll also hear from adults with hearing loss who will share their unique stories and experiences about growing up with deafness and how deafness is now being redefined for future generations.
A Conversation with Lydia Denworth, Author of I Can Hear You Whisper!
Lydia Denworth is an award-winning science journalist and a sought-after speaker. She is a contributing editor at Scientific American and the author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, which was named one of the best leadership books of 2020 by Adam Grant and called “the best of science writing” by Booklist. She has written two other books of popular science: I Can Hear You Whisper and Toxic Truth. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.
A Conversation with Michelle Hu, Creator of Mama Hu Hears!
Michelle Hu has been a pediatric audiologist for over 10 years working with diagnostics, hearing amplification options, cochlear implant evaluations, hearing aid programming and aural rehabilitation. What makes Michelle distinctive is that she grew up hard of hearing herself. She was fit with hearing aids at the age of 3 years and now utilizes bilateral cochlear implants.
Her unique and personal experiences lend to her innate ability to relate and be a role model for others who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH). She also serves as a source of strength and hope for parents of DHH children.
As a military spouse and mother of three, Michelle strives to balance family life, clinical practice and entrepreneurship. During her maternity leave with her second child, she found herself missing the relationships created while in the clinic with patients. Thus, Mama Hu Hears was created as a space to connect back to her passion and share both personal and professional experiences with hearing loss and within the field of audiology.
When Mama Hu Hears was created, thousands of people within the DHH community (especially parents of DHH children) reached out to her for help, guidance and to share their stories. Michelle knew she had found her purpose and made it her mission to do something more to support those who needed her and related to her the most. She has created an online program titled "My Child Has Hearing Loss, Now What?" to support anxious and doubtful parents on their DHH journey and to provide hearing healthcare professionals valuable and functional knowledge to improve and maximize the outcomes for clients.
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A Conversation with Heather Jensen!
As a busy mom of eight, Heather is no stranger to doctor appointments, speech therapy, audiologists, counseling, IEP meetings, and more. She has spent the last 18 years learning about challenges her kids have or are facing and advocating for them so they feel successful. These opportunities have taught her a great deal about therapy-based clinics and endeared her to the hardworking professionals that own them.
Combining these experiences with her background in marketing, has given Heather the unique opportunity to help therapy-based clinics build thriving and vibrant practices so they may bring their much needed services to more people. She is the owner of Therapy Marketing Solutions and Inspired Web Design.
A Conversation with Jodi Cutler!
From the moment she received her son Jordan’s deafness diagnosis, Jodi dedicated herself to finding the most suitable tools for improving quality of life for families living a journey in hearing loss, rising to a high level of professionalism as a consultant and advocate for inclusion rights through various international initiatives. Since RALLY CAPS, among her many professional accomplishments, Jodi has published 4 books both in English and Italian.
A Conversation with Lilian Flores-Beltran, Ph.D.!
Lilian obtained a degree in Special Education in 1980. Has the specialization in Cognition and Language and a Master's in Educational Technology. She also has a Ph.D. degree in Pedagogy.
She was certified in Auditory-Verbal Therapy in 2003 by the AG Bell Academy for LSL. She also was recognized with the award for the best professional of the year in 2005 by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
She is the author of four books related to hearing rehabilitation and an App.
A Conversation with Pam Dawson!
Pam Dawson, M.Ed., has been working in the field of Early Intervention for over 25 years. She holds a Masters degree in Early Intervention from the University of Maine. As the director of hear ME now, a listening and spoken language program in Maine, she works to promote access to qualified LSL providers to all families in northern New England, regardless of geographic location. hear ME now has been successfully using tele-intervention to coach families for over 10 years. Pam serves on the Board of Directors for OPTION, the EHDI Planning Committee, and facilitates the NCHAM Tele-Intervention Learning Community. She has also served as co-chair of the Maine Part C Interagency Coordinating Council and a Northern New England Collaborative to examine access to services for families in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Worthwhile conversations from many perspectives. Great podcast for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as professionals in the field who want to learn more about LSL and AVT and listening technology.
Just What I Needed
As a speech-pathologist AND parent of two children with hearing loss I continually look for resources where I can gain support and expand my knowledge on pediatric audiology. I have found very few Podcasts on this topic. Very excited to follow Dr. Houston!