Day 1 is in the history books, join us for the second day in search for the quietest spaces in SF!Read More
Who knew speech and hearing could be this much fun?! Let us share our love for the field, the science, and the people that we work with each day with our weekly dose of Sound Advice.
Join Sound Speech and Hearing Clinic (Sound) and The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California (HSCNC) in determining the quietest (and loudest) restaurants, cafes and bars in San Francisco using the new “Yelp for sound” app SoundPrint.Read More
12 million Americans have hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise, noise-induced hearing loss. This October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Sound Speech and Hearing Clinic, and audiologists across the nation are encouraging Americans to protect their hearing.Read More
Speaking with an accent is not a speech or language disorder. In fact, many people take great pride in their accent, as it reflects the region or country from which they come. However, sometimes an accent can cause communication difficulties. Learn more about how accent modification programs can aide clarity.Read More
CBC News recently ran an article highlighting a new remarkable study published by Pediatrics that found toddlers whose parents spend time listening and chatting with them are more likely to have better language skills and higher IQs a decade later than youngsters left hanging in silence.
Researchers analyzed more than 9,000 hours of transcribed day-long recordings from 146 Denver-area children ages two months to four years old, and their parents. The researchers measured conversational turn-taking, such as if a parent says something and the child responds with a word, babble or coo within five seconds, or a vocalization from the child that the parent responds to within five seconds. The children had followup tests of their language skills and cognitive abilities, such as working memory and reasoning, between ages nine and 14.
The study noted frequent chatting with toddlers accounted for up to 27 percent of their higher performance in verbal comprehension a decade later.
Research found that conversational turns are more important for developing brains than simply being exposed to words. The study noted frequent chatting with toddlers accounted for up to 27 percent of their higher performance in verbal comprehension a decade later.
So the next time your toddler starts making strange noises or babbling about Unicorns or Paw Patrol, try to strike up a conversation — it could make a big difference later in life.
Hear it here first! Sound SHC has got a lot going on this summer, and we're catching you up on all the details in our Summer Newsletter! Learn more about our newly extended hours for audiology and speech therapy, our newest members of the team and upcoming events!
We are excited to announce that during the month of August, Sound SHC will be one of the first practices in the Bay Area to display the new Widex EVOKE, the most advanced (and coolest) hearing technology we've seen! Join us for a special event August 20-24th!
Our team is looking for an organized, multi-tasking, jack-or-jane of all trades, to be our office coordinator extraordinaire. Think you've got what it takes to keep our office (and team) in line? Shoot us a message with your resume. We can't wait to meet you!Read More
Our office is closed in celebration of the holiday! We hope you are enjoying time with friends and family, and if you are headed out to watch the fireworks tonight, don’t forget to bring your earplugs.Read More
When you have a hearing loss communication can be difficult, even with appropriately fit amplification devices. Amplification alone often is not enough to help individuals hear clearly and understand speech in every environment. Things like distance from the speaker, background noise, reverberation, and communication partner characteristics (accent, dialect, etc.) can impede effective communication. It’s important for individuals with hearing loss to be proactive and let other people know what they need in order to communicate effectively.
Below are some helpful strategies to allow for more effective communication with less frustration.
Communication strategies for individuals with hearing loss:
1. Always face the individual speaking to you. Often times communication partners try to talk to the individual with hearing loss from another room or with their back turned. Communication in this manner is difficult even for individuals with normal hearing. We use visual cues from the person’s face to help understand what is being said, so being able to clearly see your communication partner will go a long way toward helping communication and understanding.
2. Decrease as much background noise as possible. If there is a television on or music/radio playing turn these off when trying to listen and communicate. Even the best amplification devices cannot completely eliminate all sources of noise, so be proactive about noise sources you have control over.
3. Ask for clarification. And when you do so, make sure the other person understands you are hard of hearing, but you do not need them to yell at you. Simply ask them to re-state what they said in a different way. It’s also helpful to repeat what you heard them say so they know where the breakdown occurred.
4. Change your position. If you are in a noisy area, try moving to a different location. If this is not possible, try positioning yourself so your back is toward the loudest noise source. This will allow your amplification devices to make the most effective use of their noise management features.
Communication strategies for friends and family members of individuals with hearing loss:
1. Try to keep your mouth visible while you talk. Don’t cover your mouth with your hands and don’t turn your head away from your communication partner. If the listener is able to see your face and lips they can use visual cues more effectively to bridge the gap when they aren’t able to hear you clearly.
2. Try not to communicate in areas with competing noise. Reduce background noise as much as possible when talking with an individual with hearing loss. This reduces the effort it takes for them to hear and understand.
3. If the individual with hearing loss does not understand you, rephrase what you said rather than just repeating. This will provide a better chance for the individual to understand what you said if they are struggling with a few specific words.
4. Be patient! Try not to get frustrated if you must repeat or rephrase what you said. Remember, the other individual is doing the best they can with the hearing they have. Even with hearing aids, they may not understand what is said 100% of the time. It’s just as frustrating for them to not understand as it is for you to be misunderstood.