Can background TV noise harm child language development?

iStock_000019379640SmallA recent study, published in the Journal of Children and Media, suggests that something as seemingly minor as background television noise can negatively impact the quantity and quality of parents’ spoken language to their children.

Previous research has shown most infants and toddlers pay little active attention to background television because the adult-directed programs are largely incomprehensible; however, very few studies have examined whether these background distractions affect children’s language development.

In the current study, parents of 49 toddlers aged 12, 24, and 36 months played with their children during a 60 minute session, with a television on in the background for half of the time. The researchers observed and recorded the quantity of words and phrases, and the number of new words spoken by parents during the sessions.

The results showed the quantity of words and phrases as well as the number of new words spoken to children was lower with the television on. Background television can compromise parent-child interactions regardless of whether the content is designed for adults or children.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article by NeuroNet!

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SLP Maryam heads to Guatemala!

ESHC Speech-Language Pathologist, Maryam, has joined with a group of University of Washington graduate students traveling to Guatemala with Hearts In Motion, a non-profit organization that provides care and medical treatment for children, families, and communities through its programs and sponsorships in the U.S., and Central and South America.

The group is providing speech-related services to communities in Guatemala, and is sharing their story along the way! CLICK HERE to follow Maryam and the students’ experiences while in Guatemala.

 

 

 

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Now accepting 4th-Year Audiology Intern Applications for 2015!

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Are you a 4th-year Audiology Student looking for just the right clinic to complete your internship with? We are now accepting Audiology Intern Applications for 2015!

We welcome you to apply for a competitive, hands-on Internship Program at ESHC, where you will gain pediatric and adult audiological experience in a nationally recognized private practice. Each intern receives exceptional guidance as they increase their exposure and knowledge. We guarantee that each student will leave ESHC with a higher level of competency and understanding of the field of Audiology.

If you are interested in participating in ESHC’s Internship Program (intern, extern, practicum, or residency), please submit the following to internship@everhear.com:

– Resume
– Current G.P.A.
– Cover Letter explaining why you would like to participate in the internship program

The selection process is based on a mutual fit between the applicant and the clinic, and availability. Applicants are selected on their desire to achieve excellence, willingness to learn, commitment to the clinic program, mutual fit and availability. Following a submission of your materials, you will be contacted by ESHC to schedule an interview. We look forward to meeting you!

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Summer Reading Lists help kids stay on track with literacy

School is out and summer is officially here! While it can be tempting to forget about academics with all the fun and iStock_000005892035Mediumsun, studies show students can lose up to 2 months of reading achievement over the summer. Encourage your child to stay on track with their literacy by putting together a fun summer reading program for them.

CLICK HERE to access multiple Reading Lists by grade, and keep your kiddos engaged in reading while school’s out!

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In the News: Hearing loss and Children

Multiple studies, conducted over the past 20 years by researchers at Vanderbilt University, show that unidentified, minimal hearing loss is a significant factor in the social and educational progress of young children. Many children go undiagnosed, and are often dismissed as having poor attention spans or immature attitudes.Child with learning difficulties

Recent data indicates a thirty percent rise in hearing loss among U.S. adolescents and younger children. Unfortunately, this startling increase hasn’t corresponded with a rise in awareness. Many undiagnosed students are mocked by their peers, belittled by teachers, scolded by parents, and accused of having ADD. The lack of information around this issue means many years can pass before a student is diagnosed with hearing loss. Sometimes nothing is done until they reach adulthood. According to the Michigan State University, “Every teacher in the early elementary school can expect to have one-fourth to one-third of his or her students without normal hearing on any given day.”

So why aren’t both teachers and parents better informed about this issue? Quite simply, it is assumed that such a condition would be easily recognized. In actuality this might work with vision–a teacher or parent can spot a child squinting at the blackboard or misreading a clock, but not with hearing. Childhood hearing loss, evidenced by misunderstanding what has been said, asking to have things repeated, or being irresponsive when called is often misunderstood or ignored. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, “Hearing loss is common and, in young persons, can compromise social development, communication skills, and educational achievement.”

There are solutions and technology readily available to diagnose and deal with hearing loss. Tests needed to check hearing can be easily performed by board certified audiologists, and often the solution can be found in supplying the student with a hearing aid. Studies show that hearing aids can improve attention, understanding directions, classroom participation, and self-esteem. In the past, people hesitated to get a hearing device because they assumed they were big and bulky—but today’s hearing aids are often unnoticeable, comfortable to wear, and can provide children the auditory boost they need to pay attention.

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“Made-for-iPhone” Hearing Technology at ESHC!

Did you miss our 3-Day Hearing Technology Event last week? You can still make an appointment to experience Starkey’s major breakthrough in hearing technology: the New HALO – Made-for-iPhone Hearing Aid! Simply call one of our conveniently located offices on the eastside to make your exclusive appointment. You don’t want to miss this revolutionary, brand new technology!

Bellevue Office: 425-454-1883
Redmond Office: 425-882-4347
Kirkland Office: 425-899-5050

Technology Event Blog for June 2014

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An engagement at ESHC!

431907_10152805968100640_124266149_nCongratulations to our accountant Peter and his lovely fiancé Philly on their engagement over the weekend. The groom-to-be proposed on the lake, and the bride-to-be said……yes! ESHC wishes Peter and Philly a lifetime of adventure and happiness together!

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