Early Intervention Changes Lives

little girlA new study in Pediatrics has shown that speech and hearing disorders are a growing cause of disability for US children. Early detection and treatment is essential in the management of speech and hearing problems in kids, with timely intervention being the most efficient solution and a necessary one, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Learn more here.

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July’s Special Staff Members


Congratulations to our employees celebrating work anniversaries in the month of July! Thank you for all that you do!


JodyHeadshotJuly 1: Jody N. – 15 Years



JessicaHeadshotJuly 1: Jessica N. – 1 Year


JenniferHeadshotJuly 6: Jennifer Dierenfeld – 7 Years


LindseyHeadshotJuly 11: Lindsey M. – 3 Years


CherylHeadshotJuly 15: Cheryl L. – 17 Years

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Summer Fun Speech Sessions are coming up soon!

Our Summer Fun Speech Sessions are fast approaching! Two fun-filled weeks of games, costumes and crafts are planned, bringing the excitement of summer camp indoors to our speech kids!

Kirkland: August 11th – August 16th
Redmond: August 18th – August 23nd

Check back shortly for each day’s exciting themes!Summer Logo1

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Hopelink’s School Supply Drive – Donate at ESHC!

From now until early August, ESHC is participating in Hopelink’s Kids Need School Supplies annual campaign. The purpose of the supply drive is to provide assistance to children who need essential school supplies. With your help, we can fill as many backpacks as possible! To participate, bring an item on the list below to any of our clinics, or call for more information!

Bellevue: 425-454-1883     Redmond: 425-882-4347     Kirkland: 425-899-5050     www.everhear.com

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ESHC Around the World

  for article 4ESHC’s Speech Program Director, Maryam Sadrzadeh, and a team of speech language pathology students from the University of Washington recently took a trip to Guatemala where they volunteered their time and expertise helping patients with varying degrees of communication and swallowing disorders. The group evaluated patients requiring various levels of therapy, from those with autism and Down syndrome to mild articulation disorders.


The experience was a boost of confidence for the SLPs, as they conducted their evaluations without any assistive tools, using raw knowledge alone in an area where the need for therapy was for article 3great. For example, the team had to jump into action when they learned that fifty children with autism from a specialized school were being sent their way for assessment.  


Maryam’s time in Guatemala taught her a lot, but one important point really hit home: When it came to best improving function, the key to successful treatment was the therapist’s ability to build a collaborative relationship with families and other co-treating medical professionals.  There was a good deal of time spent teaching families how to continue supporting the patient’s communication needs at home.


for article 2The experience was enlightening and motivating for Maryam, and we’re excited to see her bring that renewed perspective back to the patients and staff at ESHC!

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Interview With A Super Bowl Champion On Overcoming Obstacles and Tackling Global Hearing Loss

NPIN2627-00-EE-ST - Coleman Newspaper Insert 4pg_Resized_HR_Page_1Derrick Coleman’s journey through life, and ultimately the same one that led him to the NFL, becoming a Super Bowl champion, and now an inspirational figure on a global stage, is truly the apotheosis of the possibilities that can manifest when facing adversity with relentless perseverance. A fascinating story that most became familiar with last January in the weeks leading up to the Seattle Seahawks’ quest for a Super Bowl, Derrick and his family found out that he was deaf at the young age of three. Twenty years and a lifetime worth of determination later, Derrick has found himself as an integral symbol of hope to millions of people across the world.

CLICK HERE to read this inspiring article in its entirety at Next Impulse Sports.

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Not your grandfather’s hearing aids

iStock_000033156226SmallWatch a person who has trouble hearing try to cope without help from a hearing aid and you’ll see how hard it is to navigate life when this vital sense starts to weaken. Cupping hands behind the ears only goes so far when it’s hard to understand the normal volume of conversations, television shows and the sounds of nature.

About 36 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss, with more men likely to be affected than women. But only one in five people who could be helped by wearing a hearing aid actually wears one.

TODAY’s Matt Lauer pointed out most people still think of a hearing aid as the large device that sits on top of the ear, but the technology has come a long way since the design you saw your grandfather wearing. So Audiologist Neil DiSarno showed off the new generation of “hip” hearing aids and personal sound amplification products in the studio on Wednesday, with some completely hidden in the ear canal and others made to look like wireless phone receivers.

CLICK HERE to read the full article, and see a breakdown of the latest, technologically-advanced hearing aids!

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Fireworks: As loud as jet engines!

iStock_000003717890SmallSummer sounds include much more than crickets chirping. Outdoor concerts, parades, 4th of July fireworks, public transportation and construction sites all have one thing in common: High decibels of noise.

One in 10 Americans has hearing loss that affects their ability to understand normal speech. Aging is the most common cause of this condition. However, exposure to excessive noise also can damage hearing in higher pitches.

Three small bones in the middle ear help transfer sound vibrations to the inner ear where they become nerve impulses that the brain interprets as sound. “When noise is too loud, it begins to kill the hair cells and nerve endings in the inner ear,” Dr. Bhayani explained. “The louder a noise, the longer the exposure, and the closer you are to the noise source, the more damaging it is to your nerve endings, or your hearing.” As the number of nerve endings decreases due to damage, so does your hearing. Nerve endings cannot be healed or regenerated and the damage is permanent.

Jet engines are 150 decibels – and so are fireworks! As the 4th of July approaches this week, and brings with it all the fun – and noise! – of fireworks, music and celebration, don’t forget to protect your hearing health by utilizing hearing protection!

CLICK HERE to read the full article on ScienceDaily (Original Source: Loyola University Health System).

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June’s Special Staff Members!

Birthday CakeBest wishes to our employees celebrating birthdays in the month of June! We hope that each of you has a special, cake-filled day!

June 4: G.E.
June 24: Jacki
June 25: Jennifer
June 27: Sherry
June 30: Kristen

Congratulations to our employees celebrating work anniversaries in the month of June! Thank you for all that you do!

June 8: Karen
June 27: Sarah

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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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