How much does a word resemble what it refers to? In languages, we use words to symbolize many things, like objects, concepts, sounds, people, actions, and anything else we might want to say! But why do certain words symbolize certain things? Why is a couch a couch? Many times, there’s no real reason!* Linguists use […]
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What is a Speech Language Pathologist?
A speech language pathologist (SLP) is a specialist in speech and language. SLPs often diagnose and treat speech and language delays and disorders, but may also work on swallowing disorders. They may work in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, or private clinics. To become a speech language pathologist in the United States, you must complete a […]
What is an Otolaryngologist?
Otolaryngologists are medical doctors for the Ear, Nose, and Throat. Sometimes, otolaryngologists are called ENTs. They are trained in medicine and surgery, and can provide surgical interventions for hearing loss such as bone-anchored hearing aids or cochlear implants, treatment for disorders of the voice box (larynx), and treatment for other physical issues with the ear […]
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss or hearing impairment is a reduced ability to hear sounds or speech. This may be due to a problem with the ears, nerves, or the part of the brain that processes sound. (Read more about how hearing works here!) Hearing loss may be temporary. You may experience temporary hearing loss when you […]
What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists treat ear disorders. An audiologist is a licensed medical professional trained in preventing, diagnosing, and treating hearing and balance disorders. They perform hearing screenings, diagnose hearing loss, and fit and calibrate hearing aids. Audiologists may work with children or adults in schools, hospitals, or private clinics. To become an audiologist in the United States, […]
What Are Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants?
Both hearing devices help people hear. Some individuals with hearing loss use amplification devices to hear the sounds in their environment. Two main types of amplification devices are hearing aids and cochlear implants. Quick note at the outset: whether or not to get a hearing aid or cochlear implants is a complicated decision that is best to discuss with an […]
How Does Hearing Work?
Hearing works by converting sound into signals to the brain. To begin understanding how hearing works, the first thing to understand is how sounds travel. Sounds are pressure waves that move through a substance (usually air!). Our ears and brains let us understand these pressure changes as music, language, or ambulance sirens. The ear has […]