101 Quality Hearing Loss Resources
Since speech, as with most forms of communication, is learned through observation (hearing other people talk) and imitation (repeating what you have heard), many deaf people, especially those born deaf or deafened at an early age, have difficulty learning to speak with the natural cadence and intonation of those blessed with hearing. Speech therapists and speech pathologists are often needed to help deaf and hard of hearing people improve their speech capabilities. The learning and communication tools and skills used by deaf people can be very useful for speech therapists. Many techniques and technologies that have been developed for those with hearing loss, such as American Sign Language, Cochlear Implants, Closed Captioning, video chat, and ASL enabled mobile communication apps, can be of great use to speech pathologists throughout their careers. These sites have great information for speech therapists, those looking to study speech therapy, and even individuals seeking speech therapy or another type of communication therapy or coaching.
Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Acquired by Sonova Holding AG and working with Phonak since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that restores hearing to those with severe-to-profound hearing loss.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
"The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. AG Bell is the premier nonprofit organization serving the oral deaf and hard of hearing community."
Better Hearing Institute
Founded in 1973, the Better Hearing Institute conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment. Recognizing the important role that hearing plays in an individual’s whole health, productivity, and quality of life, BHI is working to affect a culture of “hearing wellness” in the United States that fosters early detection and appropriate treatment of hearing loss, but that also maximizes technologies that make it easier for people with hearing loss to stay active and fully engaged at work, at home, and in their communities and social lives.
Licensed and certified audiologists at the nationally recognized UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders perform comprehensive evaluations, including diagnosis and recommendations for individuals of all ages. Audiology staff assist people with suspected hearing problems and dispense advanced hearing instruments to meet the needs of those with permanent hearing loss.
Centrum Sound Systems
Centrum Sound is a principal supplier of portable public address systems and classroom sound field systems for educational, municipal, corporate and military applications. In addition, we carry a full line of tour guide systems, simultaneous language interpretation equipment, and assistive listening systems for hearing assistance in educational institutions and ADA compliance in public facilities.
EARS is an outreach service of Arkansas Children's Hospital designed to provide educational audiology/speech language pathology for school districts, educational cooperatives, preschool programs and other educational settings in order to address the needs of students with hearing loss and other auditory disorders. The audiology services that are provided range from managing hearing screening programs to assistance with amplification and other classroom technical assistance, as well as recommendations for accommodations/modifications for students with auditory processing disorders, cochlear implants, etc. A full range of evaluation services are available including audiological assessments, counseling/guidance for parents and hearing conservation education. Speech pathology services include specialized assessments (with a written report), classroom observations, assistance with writing appropriate goals, as well as modeling therapy with individual students.
Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center
The Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center is your home for locating resources and information for all professionals who work with children with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language. Hearing health professionals can read the latest research, Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLSTM) can learn about the latest trends and techniques in the field, and educators can access information about hearing loss and how listening and spoken language helps children thrive in the classroom.
Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Impairment
Supporting Success is a ‘go-to’ site for professionals and family members seeking more information about hearing loss and what can be done to better support the future learning and social success of children with hearing loss. How we help improve children’s futures:
1) Accessible Information & Resources, 2) Relevant Bi-Monthly Updates (FREE), 3) Professional Development Webcasts, 4) Teacher Tools Membership Networking, 5) Biennial SSCHL Conference, 6) Products to improve student outcomes, and 7) Advocacy Info for Appropriate Services.