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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The Benefits of Animal Assisted Speech Therapy for Children

Blond happy girl with her chihuahua doggy portraitAt Evergreen Speech and Hearing, you don’t need to convince us of the beneficial role animals play in child developmental therapy. We see it up close and personal, thanks to our lovable therapy pooch, Ritter. But we’re not the only ones singing the praises of therapy animals.  In a presentation offered by Sheila Bernstein, SLP.D., CCC-SLP*, we learn that the human-animal relationship with regards to treating ailments is ages old, and that civilizations like Ancient Greece regularly used animals to aid in healing.

The positive effects of using animals to assist with various therapies can be both physical and psychological. According to Bernstein, ATT (or also known as Animal Assisted Intervention) “is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning—Delta Society.”

Bernstein says that many studies have been conducted to determine the impact of ATT, and that the great majority of these studies are conclusively clear—in both adults and children suffering a multitude of social, physical and psychological disorders, outcomes improved when animals were used in treatment, even in the most severe conditions. Another great example can be found in children with Autism, as communication and eye contact show definite improvements with the incorporation of therapy animals. In addition, therapy animals have been shown to reduce anxiety and hyperactivity in children while increasing their focus.  And these benefits are only the tip of the iceberg, as research and therapy methods continue to improve. Sure makes you grateful for those four-legged pals!



Join us for ‘Story Telling with Ritter!’

Story Telling with Ritter

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“Made-for-iPhone” Hearing Technology Event: 5/27, 5/28 & 5/29

Technology Event Flier for Blogvfffff 2014Join us next week for an exciting three-day event to showcase Starkey’s major breakthrough in hearing technology: the New HALO – Made-for-iPhone Hearing Aid! We are pleased to welcome nationally recognized researcher and Audiologist Dr. Dennis Van Vliet during this event to share behind the scene stories and patient successes experienced.

You won’t want to miss the revolutionary, brand new technology we’ll be demonstrating! Call the office nearest to you to sign up now!

Tuesday, May 27th – Bellevue Office: 425-454-1883
Wednesday, May 28th – Redmond Office: 425-882-4347
Thursday, May 29th – Kirkland Office: 425-899-5050

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Body Health can impact Hearing Health

Closeup of a happy senior couple looking at cameraMedical science has already proven a connection between Diabetes and hearing loss, but your general fitness levels can also play a large factor in your ultimate hearing health.

According to a recent study conducted by Research Magazine, fitter bodies are less prone to hearing loss than their out-of-shape counterparts. BMI, as well as waist/hip ratio, can predict a host of health risks. The study suggests that hearing sensitivity is a common side effect of poor cardiovascular health, and looked at 67 adults, some with a normal BMI range and some who were considered clinically obese. According to their initial findings, “…individuals who were classified with normal BMI levels had normal hearing, while those with BMI values classified as obese had poorer hearing at 8000Hz.” Put simply, this is because the veins and arteries that feed the blood vessels in the extremities of the body are not well fed in people with poor circulation and high BMI—and the impacted areas include the ears.

A person’s unique body shape can also play a role in their hearing health. People with “apple-shaped” physiques that accumulate fat around the waist, for instance, are at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. No surprise, they are also more prone to hearing loss.

To stave off the risk of obesity and its associated health concerns, regular aerobic exercise is recommended, along with a heart-healthy diet. For more information and details, see the original April 2014 article in Research Magazine entitled “Fitness and Better Hearing, Part 2.”

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Traveling With Vestibular Disorders

To those who suffer from vestibular disorders, the idea of traveling can be disconcerting to say the least. From ear pain and pressure to nausea, dizziness and disorientation, the symptoms of vestibular disease can be worsened when someone is subjected to planes, trains and automobiles.

If you are particularly sensitive to travel, the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) recommends that you consult with a physician before embarking on a journey.  A doctor can prescribe a decongestant that lessens nasal congestion, which impacts ear pressure.  Travelers can also research each stop along a train’s route to learn whether the altitude might be an issue. Other tips include booking a hotel room on the first floor to avoid uncomfortable elevator rides, avoiding books and electronic devices while in a car, and focusing your vision on the horizon, instead. For those with balance disorders, using a cane or long suitcase handle for support in airports and train stations may be helpful in combating disorientation.

For more information and tips on traveling with Vestibular Disorders, see the full source article at:

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E-Games: A Cause for Concern with Children?

iStock_000035005534SmallElectronic games (e-games) are widely used by children as part of their daily life. Up to 50% of all children use e-games in their bedroom, and children are estimated to accumulate more than 10 hours of exposure to electronic media daily. With the emergent electronic use, parents and health professionals have also raised concerns regarding children’s screen time.

Previous studies have pointed to children becoming more sedentary and falling behind in academics due to high e-game usage. Researchers have also found correlations between children’s gaming time to increased BMI and sleep deprivation. However, it’s not all bad news regarding e-game usage.


A recent study, published in Ergonomics, explored the more positive impacts of e-games, particularly active (or exergames) e-games, on child development. Active e-games that combine movement and learning were shown to enhance motor skills and positively influence academic learning, self-esteem, and social skills. Implemented and used correctly, active e-games can be a tool for health, physical education, and of course, entertainment.

ead the full article here:

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American Hearing Aid company receives two Product Awards

Hearing aid pioneer Starkey Hearing Technologies was recently honored with two product awards. Winners were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 peers, including business executives, past winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine

In March, Halo™ was awarded a red dot award for product design. This is the fourth consecutive year Starkey Hearing Technologies has won this award, having been recognized last year for Xino™ Tinnitus, in 2012 for AMP® and in 2011 for SoundLens®. The red dot design award is one of the most renowned international product competitions in the world. This year, the 40-member expert panel discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries.

In April, Xino Tinnitus was awarded an Edison Award-Bronze in the Assistive Devices Category. The Edison Awards recognize and honor some of the most innovative products in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

We are excited to hearing instruments revolutionized through the amazing technological advances in our industry, and are looking forward to even more innovative products in the years to come!

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