Hearing: It happens in the brain, not the ears!

This afternoon Melissa is headed to the SF Towers to present to their wellness group on the importance of listening and cognition. 

She is excited to share the most recent research on listening and the brain, helping attendees understand that listening is a cognitive process, not a mechanical one, and that you hear with your brain and not your ears. 


Our friends at Oticon have dedicated a part of their site to the importance of hearing and the brain, and we love this explanation of listening: "The ears receive sounds and it is in the brain that they are processed to give meaning to you. And whenever there are missing sounds, the brain tries to fill the gap – an often difficult and exhausting process. Good hearing isn’t simply a question of making sounds loud enough. It’s about helping your brain understand the sounds you hear. That’s why we’ve moved from an "ear first" to a "brain first" approach to hearing."

We can't wait to hear how the event goes, and to see photos of the group after today's presentation!


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!