It Could Be Nothing, But Then Again …

Changes in one’s ability to hear can be disorientating and more than a little frightening. Sometimes these changes are a byproduct of other health issues that, when addressed, will solve the hearing problem. In some cases, something simple is going on, like earwax buildup or an untreated perforated eardrum, that treatment of the direct cause will fix things.

On the other hand, sometimes you need to get a hearing aid.

Don’t assume that, if you or someone you know is under the age of 50, that a hearing aid is out of the realm of the possible. Though most people don’t deal with hearing loss until later in life, the loudness of modern life does seem to be driving an increase in hearing loss for younger people.

Some things to be on the outlook for that may require a hearing examination by a certified audiologist include:

  • Room-to-room conversations with others are increasingly difficult.
  • Conversing with more than two or three people at a time is frustrating.
  • The ability to talk on the phone is degrading.
  • You need the TV or radio turned up louder than other people.
  • People seem to be mumbling all the time.
  • You need them to repeat themselves.
  • Hearing at public events is more challenging.

Do you recognize one or more things on that list? If so, it might be time to schedule an appointment with an audiologist who can get to the root of the issue and, if needed, help you choose the right hearing aid. There are a myriad of hearing aids on the market that will help bring your hearing back into focus.

 Don’t wait any longer – schedule an appointment today!

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coaching parents leads to language skills infants


A new study from the University of Washington found that coaching parents leads to better language skills among infants. “Language learning can be ignited during daily routines, such as diaper changes, grocery shopping or sharing a meal. Everyday moments and daily interactions really matter, and parents can create more such moments and be more intentional about them.” Read the full article. This research supports our Early Language Intervention Program. 


The Early Language Intervention Program (ELIP) works with the child and parents to teach language facilitating strategies that can be applied not only at the clinic but at home. The program is based on the theory that children learn the language in their day to day interactions with people in their environments.

The ELIP program is offered two times per week for a six week period. The program provides practical training for parents to assume the primary role in their child’s language intervention. 


A child’s communication is considered delayed when speech and/or language skills are noticeably behind his or her peers. There can be many reasons for a delay in speech and language, however, signs may include:

  • Delayed development of nonverbal communication – pointing and other gestures
  • Delayed use of words
  • Difficulty understanding what is said
  • Difficulty following directions
  • The immature/inappropriate grammatical form
  • Difficulty expressing ideas
  • Limited vocabulary
  • Incorrect use of words
  • Inappropriate social interaction


The Program is designed for toddlers and preschoolers who have demonstrated a language delay and is also effective for parents who are looking for ways to interact with their child every day to help encourage their language development. 


Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic recognizes the importance of parents and caregivers in their child’s language development. Children who have delayed language development need to receive intervention as early as possible to prevent possible long-lasting negative consequences (social, emotional, and educational). Therefore, it is important to train parents to use language facilitative strategies during daily play and routine activities to foster spontaneous interactions. 

Through training, parents learn skills they can use in their home environment to improve their child’s communication abilities.

Call our speech coordinator at 425.882.4347 or email 

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Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

We’d like to take this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to thank all of our ESHC patients and staff. A friendly reminder that our office will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 22nd & 23rd. Enjoy the holiday!

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Halloween in The Halls

Happy Halloween from ESHC! Trick or Treat with us all day Oct. 31.

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Fall Communication Workshops

Our Fall communication sessions schedule is finalized!

Understand the best ways to manage your hearing loss and relearn skills to help reconnect you with the world around you. These sessions are designed for people with a variety of listening challenges including (but not limited to) hearing loss, auditory processing disorder, attention deficit disorder, and anxiety. Learn tips and strategies to maximize communication in a variety of environments including restaurants, lectures, meetings, and in your own home.

Classes are free of charge for patients. Call 425-882-4347 to reserve a spot!

Individual sessions are offered on a flexible basis and group sessions are offered monthly.


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Starkey Livio AI Review & Unboxing

Starkey Labs has unveiled a new line of hearing aids – the Livio AI. Livio AI is the world’s first hearing with artificial intelligence and tracks body and brain health through a Fitbit-like phone application. The Livio AI also has features like language translation and fall detection. Dr. Terence Limb Au.D. unboxed and reviewed the Livio AI after demoing them for two weeks! See the full Livio AI review below. 

About Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic: 

Serving the Eastside and greater Seattle for over 39 years, our Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists focus on patient care that is evidence-based, comprehensive, outcome dependent and individualized. We help with hearing loss, ringing in the ears, balance issues, speech and difficulty with pronunciation, language development, stuttering, voice therapy and more.

Transformation begins here… Contact us today to begin your journey.

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Dr. Brianne Salzmann, Au.D., CCC-A

We are excited to welcome Brianne Salzmann, Au.D., CCC-A to Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic. Dr. Salzmann received her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Colorado and her Bachelors Degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Marketing from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Salzmann completed her Audiology Externship at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Salzmann is a licensed audiologist in the State of Washington, a certified audiologist and member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Her interests include running, backpacking, skiing, learning, sustainability, and cooking. Welcome to the ESHC family Dr. Salzmann! 

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Speech Summer Fun Days

We’ve got two crazy weeks of games, costumes, and more planned for our speech kiddos this summer!!! The Summer Fun Speech Sessions bring the FUN of camp indoors to our therapy sessions.


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2018 Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2018 ESHC Newsletter features information on “Hearing But Not Understanding: Central Auditory Processing Disorder”, upcoming patient classes, and a review of Better Hearing & Speech Month. Read the full issue

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Auditory Coaching Workshops

Join us for a summer auditory coaching class! All classes are free of charge to ESHC patients.

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