Summer Play & Learn

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We are excited to start our preschool play & learn curriculum!

Our Play & Learn Curriculum is for 3 to 5 year olds who could benefit from training focused on enhancing play skills and language development. Theme-based activities will provide fun, interactive formats for learning new vocabulary. There will be six, 30 minute Play & Learns held in our Redmond Office. The group will meet from July 14th to August 18th. They will all be facilitated by one of our licensed Speech-Language Pathologists. Please let us know if you have any questions!

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Summer Fun Days!

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One of the brightest weeks of the summer is our annual Summer Fun Speech Sessions. For one week in each of our speech offices we plan a series of games, costumes, and more to bring the FUN of themed camp indoors to our therapy sessions. Summer Fun Days will be held in Redmond from July 18th to July 22nd and in Kirkland from July 25th to July 29th. On Saturday and Monday, support your favorite country for Olympics Day. On Tuesday, we’re soaring into Superhero Day. Don’t forget to wear your brightest colors for Finding Dory Day on Wednesday. On Thursday, get wild and find your animal prints for Zoo Day! Oh the places you’ll go and the things you’ll see on Dr. Seuss Day on Friday. We are SO excited to see your most spirited costumes!

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The Importance of Hearing Aid Maintenance

Hi everyone! My name is Allie Williams, and I am the summer Business and Marketing intern at Evergreen. I’ll be writing a few blog posts this summer about day-to-day life here at Evergreen as well as about many of the great events and projects we have going on here. I look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully having the chance to meet some of you in the Redmond Office! 

On my second day here at Evergreen Speech and Hearing, I was able to shadow one of our Audiologists, Dr. Cheryl Lokanis. I was immediately struck by Dr. Lokanis’ familiarity and closeness with all of her patients. She manages to listen to her patients’ feedback on their hearing aids, clean their devices, check their hearing and ears, and touch base with each patient about their lives. After a busy day of seeing patients, I was able to ask Dr. Lokanis my long list of questions.

In a world of new technologies being released every minute, I was curious as to why hearing aids require as much maintenance as they do. Because of the nature of our ears and bodies, wax buildup is the number one cause for hearing aid failure. Some people tend to be waxier than others, which causes even more of a need to have your hearing aids cleaned every six months.

Another fact of life is the increase of hearing loss over time. Every year, our Audiologists readjust the settings of your hearing aids to make sure that your hearing aids are working for you as best as they possibly can. If you notice a change in your hearing, you should plan a visit to see us to make sure that everything is working properly. It is better to see us sooner rather than later!

At the three-year mark, it is time to start thinking about new technology. Just as you upgrade your iPhone every 2 years, you should be staying up to date on the latest hearing aids. At our recent Oticon Opn event, I was able to experience a before and after virtual reality using the newest Opn hearing aids from Oticon. With older hearing aids, sound has been purely directional; meaning that you can only heard sound from the direction your head was tilted towards. With Oticon’s Opn Hearing Aids, it is possible to hear sound from 360o, as you would before hearing loss. It was incredible to experience the difference!

If you are behind on your Audiology appointments, I encourage you to call us to schedule your next cleaning appointment or to schedule an appointment to discuss new technology! We would love to hear from you.

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Don’t forget your earplugs!

Dr. Seth Schwartz, an otolaryngologist and director of the Listen for Life Center at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle said greater hearing loss in younger people could be because of exposure to loud noises for extended periods” CNN.Com

Something so small can help protect lifelong damage.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/07/health/music-concert-ear-protection-study

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Social Sessions

Our super stars of the adolescent social sessions had their last session of training on Wednesday night. The teens and pre-teens learned about expected vs. unexpected social behaviors, ways we help people have good thoughts about us, how to keep conversations going by asking questions and adding comments, and how to include people in group conversations. We look forward to more ESHC social groups to come!!!FullSizeRender

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Hearing Aid Patients Benefit from Social Support

hearingMore and more, studies are finding that a strong system of social support for patients with hearing aids promotes significantly better overall satisfaction.

An important factor in these findings is the participation of a loved one in the treatment of their partner’s hearing Loss. Significant others often play a role in patients seeking audiology testing to begin with, and they can also assist clinicians in understanding the specific communication challenges their partner faces. In addition, the involvement of a loved one can impact the continuity and effectiveness of treatment by encouraging their partner to adhere to best practices as directed.

In a groundbreaking way, audiologists like the ones at ESHC are now incorporating another important feature of social support into the hearing aid user’s experience. Aural rehabilitation (or AR) is a practice that brings trained speech therapists and audiologists together in co-treatment of hearing aid patients. Once a patient has begun using their technology, they will find that environmental noises are more noticeable. These enhanced sounds cannot be completely eliminated and they pose a challenging period of adjustment. While the brain can and will adapt, the use of aural rehabilitative exercises for the ears helps patients to perform at peak and stay in line with their peers. In fact, the use of social support programs like these is associated with a 30-40% improvement in quality of hearing.

Overall, a strong, well-trained support system that considers all aspects of a patient’s core social network will improve both the hearing function experience of a patient’s devices, as well as their self-confidence, sense of wellbeing and social comfort.

For more information, see February 2016 issue of The Hearing Journal, article title: The Benefits of Social Support for Listeners with Impaired Hearing.

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Check out our most recent newsletter!

Click the link to review pictures of our Better Hearing and Speech Month as well as information on the Derrick Coleman foundation!

Evergreen Speech and Hearing Newletter, Spring 2015

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Summer Fun Days Are Coming

It is another summer full of fun here at the Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinics! This year our Kirkland and Redmond offices are very excited to host our annual Summer Fun Days, where we celebrate the season with exciting games and crafts for our patients and staff.
During this time, for the week of July 27th at our Redmond office and the week of August 3rd in our Kirkland office, don’t be surprised if you see Frozen Princesses or Ice Castles on Monday. On Tuesday, there won’t be any birds or planes in the office but Superman and his superhero friends are sure to make an appearance. On Wednesday, you better keep your golden doubloons close because no place is safe from the speech and language pirates. Thursday will be sports day and everyone should stop by in their favorite team’s colors. Finally, Friday and Saturday will be truly wild when the office gets turned into the animal kingdom. You should expect to see more than a few lions, tigers or bears (oh my). Everyone is encouraged to dress up. We can’t wait for the fun to begin. Check out our flyer for more details at: Summer Fun Days

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Q and A with Molly Cheshire Audiology 4th Year Resident

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your educational background?

I was born and raised in Gig Harbor, Washington. I lived there until I came up to Seattle for my undergraduate work at UW. After graduating, I moved to Tempe, Arizona to begin my graduate work at Arizona State University. I enjoyed the warm “winters” there, however the summers were unbearable! I am happy to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, completing the final year of my doctorate at ESHC.

2. What is it that made you want to be an Audiologist?

I always knew that I wanted a career in the medical field, where I could really help people. Upon entering UW’s Speech and Hearing Department as an undergrad, just starting on my major, I intended on being an SLP. However, all that changed on the first day of Dr. Werner’s Hearing Science class. I knew immediately that I wanted to be an Audiologist! Since then my passion for audiology has been strong.

3. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

My superpower would be to heal the world, and every living thing on it from pain. Cheesy, I know, but that’s me

4. Who is your favorite musician/band?

My musical tastes range from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to The Pixies and Social Distortion, and even a bit of Taylor Swift.

5. What has been your favorite moment or part of evergreen so far?

My favorite moment here so far was the All Staff meeting recapping BSHM. I walked away from that meeting feeling blessed to be a part of this wonderful company.

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Evergreen Looks to a Bright Future

Noah and Molly: just two of our 5 new interns

Noah and Molly: Just Two of our Five New Interns

Who would have thought that Evergreen Speech and Hearing would be such a hot bed for internships? Evergreen Speech and Hearing has grown a great deal in the past 36 years and so has its Internship Program. Over the last few years, Evergreen has offered more internships and educational opportunities than ever before. Most recently, the clinics offered internships at the post graduate, graduate and undergraduate levels giving hardworking, bright students a chance to have hands on learning experience in the audiology and speech pathology world. Having higher education internship opportunities allows Evergreen Speech and Hearing to work with students of all different levels of interest. Post Graduates are usually extremely focused and already well on their way to becoming the next generation of Speech Pathologists or Audiologists. Graduate students are just figuring out if they want to pursue a career in audiology or speech pathology, earning their internship hours while learning more technical skills. Undergraduates have a desire to learn and explore the topic, even if not completely set on the audiology and speech pathology course. “As an undergraduate at Evergreen, I came in thinking I might want to start studying speech and hearing more, but I have come to be really interested in the business side of the company and they have really helped me learn and discover more about what it takes to run a solid business.”(Noah Levan, Undergraduate Intern). Evergreen knows it takes a team with many different skills to build a good company and helping these students not only makes for a better future in audiology and speech pathology but it also makes for a better clinic, with new ideas flying around all the time. This is one facet of Evergreen that keeps us on the cutting edge at all times and allows us to serve the communities as best we can. In conclusion, Ruth said it best “We pride ourselves on making the communities around us a better place, giving internship opportunities and letting people explore their interest in our field. It’s just one way we can do our best.”(Ruth, Clinic Director).

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