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, […]

A young girl gets her hearing aid adjusted

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 […]

Who We Are

HELLO WORLD! Welcome to our blog about babies and language (or more fancily stated: infant psycholinguistics)! We are a group of researchers (the Bergelson lab, part of Duke Child Studies) who study how babies learn language from the world around them. We use lots of different methods to do this: we measure what infants see […]