Poem: Journey of Hope

Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month! Accounts Manager Katie Colburn wrote this piece titled Journey of Hope.

Journey of Hope

A child speaks out

One voice, from a rasp to a whisper

From a stutter to a lisp

A letter or two gone missing

Socially inept, shyness or something more

The spectrum, not the place to be

The journey of hope, it starts right here

 

Reaching out as the change is made

Holding a hand maybe a calming voice

A breakthrough of sorts

The journey has just begun

The transition is on, only time will tell

Just a bit of hope, just a bit of faith

Yes, the journey of hope

It starts right here

 

Quiet times, or so it seems

The sounds of life are all around

From the songbird

To the buzz of a honeybee

From laughter on the playground

To the traffic in the streets

The sound of silence, not the place to be

The journey of hope, it starts right here

 

Reaching out as the change is made

Holding a hand maybe a calming voice

A breakthrough of sorts, the journey has just begun

The transition is on, only time will tell

Just a bit of hope, just a bit of faith

Yes, the journey of hope, it starts right here

Yes, it starts right here

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Better Hearing and Speech Month

Since 1979, Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic has joined audiologists and speech pathologists throughout the nation in the celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month each May. This month is dedicated to the recognition of the more than 42 million Americans of all ages who have communication disorders.

The City of Redmond has signed an official proclamation for the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month. 

Each year we work with the community to celebrate, educate, and recognize the importance of hearing and speech issues. We have several exciting plans for the upcoming month. We hope to see you at one of our special community events like our Hearing Health Seminar on Thursday, May 10th from 6:30-8PM at our Redmond Clinic. This Advanced Communication Workshop will be led by students from the University of Washington Doctor of Audiology program. Topics will include:

  • Understanding Your Audiogram
  • Brain & Hearing
  • Anatomy of the Ear
  • Listening Effort
  • Social Gatherings
  • Health Effects of Hearing Loss

On Sunday, May 13th we will be at the Kirkland Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K. Stop by our sponsor booth to make a chEAR Poster for your runner! 

The Hearing But Not Understanding Keynote by Dr. Jeanane Ferre Ph.D. will take place on Friday, May 18th at 1:30 PM. Dr. Ferre is a pioneering nationally recognized researcher in the field of Auditory Processing Disorder.

We hope to see you this month, please let us know your interest at rsvp@everhear.com

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The Latest In Hearing Health

Come celebrate Better Hearing and Speech month at our Advanced Communication Workshop. Doctoral Students from the University of Washington Audiology Program will be presenting on better communication, topics include:

  • Brain & Hearing
  • Understanding Your Audiogram
  • Anatomy of the Ear
  • Listening Effort
  • Hearing at Social Gatherings
  • Health Effects of Hearing Loss

Please join us on Thursday, May 10th at 6:30PM in our Redmond Office!

Email us to RSVP or call us at (425)-882-4347

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Hearing But Not Understanding? Special Keynote

On Friday, May 18th at 1:30PM at the EvergreenHealth, Auditorium we are hosting Dr. Jeanane Ferre Ph.D. CCC-A, a nationally recognized expert on central auditory processing disorders (CAPD), with over 35 years experience providing evaluation and treatment of CAPDs to children and adults. 

WHO: Dr. Jeanane Ferre Ph.D. CCC-A is a nationally recognized expert and pioneering researcher in Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) in children and adults. 

WHAT: A special lecture event on evaluation and treatment of CAPD in children and adults. Individuals with CAPD have no difficulty hearing but often have difficulty understanding. Often these difficulties include listening to, comprehending, and/or remembering the information heard. Individuals with (C)APD may also experience difficulties interpreting the subtle meaning of what has been said, such as sarcasm, irony, and humor.

WHEN: Friday May 18th at 1:30PM

WHERE: EvergreenHealth Auditorium, Kirkland, WA

WHY: The Month of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic is excited to offer community outreach and educational events in the month of May. 

Let us know your interest in attending at rsvp@everhear.com

This talk is free to the public and highly recommended for parents, local physicians, educators, and healthcare providers. 

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Bio: Dr. Ferre established her practice in 1988, becoming one of the first audiologists in the nation to open a practice devoted exclusively to the evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorders and has provided these services at her Oak Park office for over 20 years.

In addition to her clinical practice, she is an adjunct faculty member of Northwestern and Rush Universities, teaching graduate classes in assessment and management of CAPD and serving as an off-campus practicum supervisor to improve students’ clinical skills in the area of CAP assessment and intervention. Dr. Ferre regularly attends special education eligibility meetings and assists with development of IEPs and 504 accommodation plans. She has provided consultation on auditory processing to school districts and education departments in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Georgia, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Dr. Ferre is on the advisory board of Audiology Online (www.audiologyonline.com) and is a regular editorial reviewer of papers related to central auditory processing for several professional journals. She has contributed to “best practice” documents for central auditory processing assessment and intervention for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Her pioneering research in this area led to the development of the Bellis-Ferre model, currently one of the most widely used models for interpreting central auditory processing test results. She is the co-author of a widely used test for screening processing disorders among school-age children.

She has published extensively in professional journals and written chapters for collegiate texts and has given over 300 presentations on CAPD to school districts, related professionals, speech-language-hearing conferences, and parent support groups at the local, state, national and international levels.

Dr. Ferre’s work has earned numerous awards. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a Distinguished Alumnus of Illinois State University. In addition, she has received the Clinical Achievement Award and Honors of the Association from the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

 

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New links found between untreated hearing loss and dementia

Studies over the years have looked at the possible link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery found age-related hearing loss to be significantly associated with a decline in “all main cognitive domains with increased risk for cognitive impairment and incident dementia”. By treating hearing loss, you can play a role in mitigating one of the risk factors associated with dementia. 

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Submit Your Health History Form Online

Health History Forms can now be completed online prior to your appointment! Visit everhear.com/forms

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Audiology Patient Choice Act: Improving Access to Hearing Healthcare

Legislation was introduced yesterday to improve access to hearing health care services. The Audiology Patient Choice Act, is a “bipartisan bill to ensure that seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have access to a full range of hearing and balance health care services provided by a licensed audiologist.” US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) introduced The Audiology Patient Choice Act as a bill that will “make a life-changing difference for millions of Americans who experience hearing loss and can’t access the care they need because of archaic regulations.” This is a “common sense step to bring down costs for our seniors” said Senator Warren. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) extolled the bill as proof “Congress can come together across the aisle to find solutions to improve our health care system.”

Medicare currently covers a range of hearing health services however, it does not recognize audiologists as providers of most hearing services. This new legislation allows audiologists to provide all services already covered by Medicare that are within an audiologist’s scope of practice and ensures that Medicare’s treatment of audiologists is consistent with the classification of other health care providers such as dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists. Read the full article at Hearinghealthmatters.org.

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Teen Social Skills Group Boot-Camp

We’re looking for an exclusive group of teens to join our Social Skills Group Boot-Camp this summer at our Redmond clinic! Contact slp@everhear.com to reserve your spot!

 

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Speech-Language Therapy In Bellevue

We now offer speech-language therapy in three convenient Eastside locations. We are excited to announce our speech department’s expansion to our Bellevue Clinic! Appointment availability starts in April 2018! 

Book your appointment now by calling 425-454-1883 or emailing slp@everhear.com.

 

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World Hearing Day: March 3, 2018

Today, March 3, 2018, is World Hearing Day! The World Health Organization promotes World Hearing Day as a global initiative to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. See the full WHO Multi-Country Assessment Of National Capacity to Provide Hearing Care. The 2018 theme for World Hearing Day is Hear The Future!

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)  is promoting World Hearing Day 2018: Hear The Future by focusing on hearing loss guidelines across your lifespan. 

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