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2. Make ambient lighting work for you and not against you. For example, if you are sitting at an outdoor coffee shop, choose a chair at the table where you are not looking into the morning sun. Direct sunlight in your eyes will compromise your speechreading performance. Moreover, the sunlight streaming around your partner’s head will cast shadows on the person’s face and further hamper your speechreading. At restaurants, sit by a window in the day and near a light source in the evening. (continues) If you have a hearing loss and like to eat out at restaurants.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018
This week, I'm going to share with my blog the first of five "speechreading tips". I wrote them for my textbook that is coming out in December from Plural Press ("Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation, 5th Ed"). I will post a speechreading tip each week until all five appear. By spacing them out, you'll be able to focus on one at a time. Try to be mindful of implementing this first one over the course of the coming week.
Speechreading Tip #1: Watch the face. This seems obvious, but you can be distracted by other events in the room or by a handheld device. If you feel a little self-conscious and think that your conversational partner wonders why you never look away (e.g., Do I have jam on my cheek?), explain your speechreading strategy in a concise way (e.g., It helps me to look at your face because I rely on reading lips to understand words). By saying this, you also provide implicit and subtle instruction: You are saying without actually saying, "Make sure I can see you when you speak."
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Coming soon: Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation: Children, Adults, and Their Family Members (5th Ed)
Publisher: Plural Publishing
When: December, 2018
Pre-order: 20% off discount with free shipping if they use promotion code online: PLURAL20
Key Features (from the publsher):
The best-selling textbook, Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation: Adults, Children, and their Families, Fifth Edition, introduces the fundamentals of audiologic rehabilitation and hearing-related speech-language pathology in an easy-to-read, concise resource for the field of communication sciences and disorders. The text offers concrete coverage of theory, clinical practice, and research-based approaches for identifying, diagnosing, and treating hearing and communication-based disorders.
- Text is written by a nationally and internationally recognized expert in aural rehabilitation, who is an active researcher in the areas of auditory training, speechreading, and communication strategies, and who writes in an engaging and clear style
- Chapters begin with Chapter Outlines and end with Key Chapter Points and Terms and Concepts to Remember
- Numerous case studies, sidebars, and boxes
- Bolded key terms in text with definitions in margins, and a comprehensive end-of-book glossary
- Access to a PluralPlus companion website with supplementary resources for instructors and students, including case studies, supplemental learning activities and teaching tips for each chapter, and exam review sheets.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Ears Train the Brain: clEAR Auditory Brain Training
Hot off the press (Wei et al., 2017), this meta-analysis of cohort studies suggests that the link between hearing loss and age-related cognitive decline is not due to a shared, common neurodegenerative process. Because hearing loss typically precedes cognitive decline, the authors suggest the following ways that a decline in hearing ability might cause a decline in cognition:
· 1. “Auditory deprivation may cause decreased socialization and increased depression, as well as a decline in cognitive function, which can result in mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
· 2. Hearing impairment [may] cause cognitive resources to be diverted from memory function into auditory processing, which creates an excessive cognitive load on higher cortical functions, leading to cognitive decline.
· 3. Hearing impairment may modify the auditory pathway and the brain.” (pg. 449)
· The use of amplification and follow-up clEAR auditory brain training may be critical elements in staving off cognitive decline. Now more than ever, older adults need to be counselled about the importance of hearing healthcare.EARS Train the Brain: www.clearworks4ears.com
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