Untreated Hearing Loss Can Lead to Delays for Children

Untreated Hearing Loss

In order for communication to develop appropriately, a child must have access to sound! Our clinic believes strongly in assessing the entire child, and ensures each child is assessed for hearing when participating in a speech and or language evaluation. #themoreyouknow

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

October is Audiology Awareness Month

More than 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While this condition is often viewed as an inevitable part of aging, over half of all patients are otherwise healthy adults under the age of 65. Regular hearing screenings are an invaluable tool in identifying problems early and taking steps to prevent further hearing damage before it is too late. Learn more about why we celebrate this profession and the work they do, all month long!

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Know The Signs: Speech and Language Disorders

Signs of speech and language disorder
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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Ask a Speech Therapist! Stuttering as an adult - can I do anything about it?

Through the power that is social media, we’ve gathered all of our most asked questions from providers, parents, teachers, and all other professionals and put our speech therapist, Nicole, to work. We’ll feature a question each week this month to help answer some of your hard hitting speech and language questions! This weeks question, how to treat adult stuttering!

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Know The Signs: Speech Sound Disorder

Speech Sound Disorder

As we get ready for another school year, many families ask us if the speech sounds they are hearing are clear? We use this guide as a general rule of thumb when assessing children age 1-3 for speech sound production. For children 3 years and older, we recommend a more detailed evaluation of speech sound production to determine if sound errors are developmentally appropriate, or if they would benefit from intervention. #themoreyouknow

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Happy Birthday Dr. Beer

Today we celebrate our SHE-E-O, and AudBall, Melissa Wilson Beer! We wish her the happiest of birthdays, and the most wonderful start to a new year of her life!

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Ask a Speech Therapist! Help - I don't understand what my child is saying.

Through the power that is social media, we’ve gathered all of our most asked questions from providers, parents, teachers, and all other professionals and put our speech therapist, Nicole, to work. We’ll feature a question each week this month to help answer some of your hard hitting speech and language questions! Today she helps answer the question we hear all the time about speech intelligibility!

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Summer Ear Care: How to avoid "swimmer's ear"

One of the more common ailments we hear during the summer months is “swimmer’s ear”, an infection in the outer ear canal that is caused by moisture trapped in the ear canal, or an injury to the ear canal This ailment doesn’t just occur in children, adults can also get this condition! Our team put together some tips to help keep your ears safe this summer, for both children and adults! And if you do fear that you may have swimmers ear, feel free to reach out to your audiologist or ENT for an evaluation.

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5-8% of Preschool Children Have Speech & Language Delays

Speech and Language Delays

Speech and language delays are quite common in the preschool setting. Here at Sound, we believe strongly in early identification and intervention, especially with the birth-3, and preschool populations. Early intervention helps keep these children on a path to making the most of abilities and skills developed during the early years. Early intervention is also important in supporting and providing advice to parents and siblings of children who might need additional support for clearer communication. #knowthefacts

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Reading Challenge: Fun facts about Disneyland!

Reading Challenge: Fun facts about Disneyland!

We’re highlighting fun Disneyland secrets all month long to get you pumped up for our reading challenge - this week, Walt’s Secret Apartment! Our challenge is half way complete and we want to keep you motivated with fun sights you might see if you’re our grand prize winner. Remember, just 300 minutes of reading and you’ll be entered into the drawing! Submit your entry by August 30th!

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Ask a Speech Therapist! What is happening with my late talker?

Through the power that is social media, we’ve gathered all of our most asked questions from providers, parents, teachers, and all other professionals and put our speech therapist, Nicole, to work. We’ll feature a question each week this month to help answer some of your hard hitting speech and language questions!

Q: I didn’t talk until I was 4 and I turned out okay, doesn’t that mean my kid will be fine?

So much development happens in those early years, it really is astounding. We have developmental milestones for a reason though. It is true, some children are delayed and end up catching up to their peers, while some continue to be behind struggling to communicate. It’s important to remember the integral role effective communication plays in building peer to peer relationships and reducing frustrated behaviors that can occur when a child is unable to communicate their wants and needs effectively. In short, yes you may not have spoken until 4 years old, but we don’t want to see that pattern repeated. Early Intervention is paramount! Feel free to contact us for a free screening or come in for an evaluation of your little one’s speech and language development.

If you have any questions of your own, feel free to email us at info@soundshc.com and we will do our best to get them answered! Peruse our blog posts to learn more about hearing health, toddler development, school aged language, adult voice and more. As always, feel free to call or email to schedule an evaluation with our wonderful Speech or Audiology Team!

Hearing a Hoarse Voice in your child?

Child Voice Disorders

Vocal differences in your child may be indicative of a voice disorder. It’s important to gain a professionals advice on the quality of your child’s voice, to determine if further assessment (e.g. videostroboscopy) could be helpful in diagnosing the cause of the vocal differences.

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Reading Challenge: Get Disneyland ready with our fun park facts!

Reading Challenge: Get Disneyland ready with our fun park facts!

In honor of our Summer Reading Challenge, we’re highlighting fun Disneyland secrets all month long. As we enter into the 4th week, we want to keep you motivated with fun sights you might see if you’re our grand prize winner. Remember, just 300 minutes of reading and you’ll be entered into the drawing! You have until August 30th to complete the challenge! Fun fact #4: A very special palm tree!

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