Hearing Loss and Holiday Gatherings: Tips to Improve Your Conversations

Hearing Loss and Holiday Gatherings: Tips to Improve Your Conversations

The holidays are upon us! We look forward to the spirit of the season and the rituals of celebration. The way we celebrate has certainly changed over the course of this year! While some traditions (old and new) involve more personal interaction than others, for people with hearing loss, the anticipation of meeting people in a small group, one-on-one, or online can cause worry about being able to hear clearly and participate fully.

If you have hearing loss, it can be difficult to attend a gathering or talk to celebrating coworkers online unless you’ve opened up about your hearing loss and taken steps towards improved communications. This season, you can navigate holiday conversations successfully by following the 3 P’s: planning, preparation, and practice. Read more

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Fund-A-Child Match Challenge 2020

Fund-A-Child Match Challenge 2020

Last year, our Fund-A-Child Program provided 156 children with 619 intensive speech therapy sessions! Through these sessions, all of our young patients gained the language skills needed to succeed at home, at school, and in all other areas of the community. Without Fund-A-Child, it is likely that 95 percent of these children would have been unable to receive speech therapy services due to lack of finances. 

This year, we have the opportunity to help even more children in-need! Thanks to the generosity of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Joseph and Gertrude Larose Foundation, and generous donor Gretchen  Swinson, we have the opportunity to match up to $37,500 for our Fund-A-Child Program! 

This means that, for every dollar that you give, your impact will be doubled! 

Thank you in advance for your generosity! By giving the gift of communication, you can help forever improve the lives of children in our community and equip them for success in school and in life!

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Bold City Best

Bold City Best 2020

JSHC Awarded “Best Hearing Aid Center” and “Best Local Non-Profit!”

Last year, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center was honored to win “Best Hearing Aid Center” as part of the Bold City Best 2019 Awards after a competitive community vote.

This year, we’re thrilled to share that we’ve won “Best Hearing Aid Center” for the second year in a row, and “Best Local Non-Profit Organization” for the first time as part of the Bold City Best 2020 Awards! 

Thank you to all who voted for us! It’s a great honor to be recognized as Bold City Best, but to serve Bold City’s Best every day when we interact with our patients. Read more

GivingTuesday 2020

Support JSHC This #GivingTuesday (December 1)!

On Tuesday, December 1, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday2020, a global day dedicated to giving. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000—funds that will enable us to provide 428 people in our community with speech and hearing screenings. These screenings will provide the basis for individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs to receive the essential care that they require in order to effectively communicate.

And, thanks to generous match dollars from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, you have the opportunity to DOUBLE your impact when you donate here

Additionally, if 200 donors specifically give on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, December 1st), we’ll receive $25,000 in bonus funds for our patients! Every gift will help us reach this goal, so please consider the fact that your gift could be the one that provides our patients with $25,000 more worth of care! Read more

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

Looking for a way to stay safe AND stylish during COVID-19? Come join us on Thursday, August 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm for our socially-distanced Masks, Makeup, and Moscow Mules fundraiser!

Renowned makeup artist & photographer Reneé Parenteau invites you into her studio to learn the makeup secrets needed to look flawless while wearing a face mask. 

For $50, each guest will receive a professional makeup tutorial and bottomless Moscow mules! 

Spots are limited to ONLY 20 guests due to social distancing, so make sure to secure your spot before tickets sell out! To purchase tickets, please visit our Facebook or Eventbrite Event. 

Questions? Please contact Jackie Culver at JCulver@shcjax.org or (904) 717-6930.

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

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Hearing and Speech Issues in Children: FAQs

Hearing and Speech Issues are Common in Children

Hearing and speech issues are quite common in children, and can manifest in a number of ways. Understandably, this ambiguity can be concerning for parents, especially with all of the unknowns. 

But it’s important to remember that these issues are usually manageable and treatable, especially with early intervention. That’s why it’s vital for the parents of young children to be well-informed on hearing and speech issues so they know all of their options. 

After all, language is the basis of communication. Speech and language skills are essential to many areas in a child’s life, from interpersonal relationships to academic success. The ability to communicate, both with peers and adults, is essential for a child’s success.

Hearing and Speech Issues in Children: FAQs

With that in mind, let’s answer some common questions that you may have about hearing and speech issues in children. 

Q: Do hearing and speech issues affect learning?

Learning takes place through the process of communication. Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. If a child is unable to understand or respond to these “languages” appropriately, it could have a major impact on their future success both inside and outside of the classroom. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there are four major ways in which hearing and speech issues affect children:

  1. It causes delays in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills (speech and language).
  2. The language deficit causes learning problems that result in reduced academic achievement.
  3. Communication difficulties often lead to social isolation and poor self-esteem.
  4. It may have an impact on vocational choices.

Q: Do hearing and speech issues affect performance at school?

Children with speech and hearing issues or communication disorders frequently do not perform at their grade level. The most common struggles are displayed in reading, understanding and expressing language, understanding social cues, attending school regularly, using good judgment, and test-taking.

Difficulty in learning to listen, speak, read, or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production, comprehension, and awareness of language sounds, syllables, words, sentences, and conversation. Individuals with reading and writing problems also may have trouble using language to communicate, think, and learn.

Q: How do parents and school personnel work together to ensure a child gets the necessary speech-language support?

Any student who shows signs of speech and hearing issues or delays should be referred by parents or school personnel to their school-based Child Study Team (CST). A Child Study Team is a group of educational and health care professionals who will work with you to identify your child’s learning needs and strategies to ensure his or her academic success. 

Screening, assessment, and treatment of communication problems may involve cooperative efforts with: parents, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), audiologists, psychologists, social workers, classroom teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, dentists, and nurses.

SLPs work with diagnostic and educational evaluation teams to provide comprehensive language and speech assessments for students.

Services to students with speech-language disorders may be provided in individual or small group sessions, in classrooms when teaming with teachers, or in a consultative model with teachers and parents. SLPs integrate students’ speech-language goals with academic outcomes and functional performance.

Q: How can I detect if my child could have hearing loss?

Some common signs of hearing loss in children may include: 

  • Hearing fine some of the time and then not responding at other times
  •  Wanting the TV volume louder than other members of the family
  •  Starting to speak more loudly than they have previously
  •  Saying “What?” or “I didn’t hear you” more often than normal
  • Moving one ear forward when listening
  • Complaining they can only hear out of a certain ear
  • Falling grades or teacher observations that they don’t seem to hear or respond as well in the classroom as other children
  • Appearing to not pay attention
  • Looking at you intensely when you speak to them as though concentrating

These signs are just some of the many indicators that your child could have hearing loss. If you have noticed any of these signs or have additional concerns, ask your doctor for a referral.

Q: What should I do after a hearing problem is noted?

After recognizing that a problem exists, a hearing evaluation is the next step. 

This evaluation should be performed by a licensed, certified clinical audiologist who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss, such as those at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

After the type and severity of the hearing loss is identified, the audiologist will determine if the loss requires referral to a specialized physician or can be managed with hearing aids.

Q: What kinds of speech and language disorders affect school-age children?

The most common speech and language disorders that affect school-age children include: 

Speech sound disorders: Difficulty pronouncing sounds

Language disorders: Difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with words

Cognitive-communication disorders: Difficulty with thinking skills such as perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination

Stuttering fluency disorders: Interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, prolongations of sounds or words

Voice disorders: Difficulty with quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume (too loud or soft)

Q: What can I do to prevent hearing loss in my child?

You can learn about the causes of hearing loss in children, such as exposure to loud noise, trauma to the head or ear, and diseases that affect hearing in order to eliminate or minimize risk. In addition, make sure to have their hearing regularly tested by an audiologist.

Hearing and speech issues can affect people of all ages and in many different ways. Early detection and appropriate intervention are essential to avoid or minimize long-term negative developmental effects and to enhance communication.

While this post was focused on hearing and speech issues in children, we also cover speech therapy for the elderly in this article.

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

Did you learn a lot from this article? Don’t miss these other posts on hearing and speech issues either: 

This article was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.

JSHC Receives IBCCES Telepractice Certification

IBCCES Telepractice Certification

JSHC Receives IBCCES Telepractice Certification!

We are proud to announce that the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is the first speech and hearing center in Florida to certify its staff in teletherapy through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

To earn Telepractice Certification, staff underwent comprehensive training on how to create a conducive teletherapy environment, protect patients’ online privacy, troubleshoot technological issues, and remotely collaborate with patients and their families.

By receiving virtual care from a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist, patients are able to receive the same quality care that they would otherwise receive in-office from the comfort of their homes. Both speech and audiology care are available through our telepractice program.

This certification also makes our team uniquely qualified to provide online care to patients with special needs that is in-compliance with the IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA. Such qualifications are essential when remotely serving students in the public school system who rely upon regular speech therapy sessions as part of their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

To learn more about our telepractice program and how you can receive healthcare at home, please click here.

Lauren Blunk - IBCCES Certification

Speech & Hear Cheer-A-Thon

#GivingTuesdayNow Speech & Hear Cheer-A-Thon

Join Us on May 5 for Our #GivingTuesdayNow Speech & Hear Cheer-A-Thon!  The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is excited to be joining thousands of nonprofits on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 as part of #GivingTuesdayNow. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving designed to drive an influx of generosity, civic engagement, and community support […]