We at The Hearing Blog recommend FM or digital “spouse mic” assistive listening device (ALD) use for all hearing impaired people, so it warmed our hearts when our friends at AudiologyOnline.com offered three outstanding webinars presented by Linda Thibodeau & Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Erin Schafer, and Jace Wolfe to cement the case with extensive evidence-based research: These are “Must See” videos for hearing care professionals, parents of hearing impaired children, and parents of children with Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), Language Disorders (LD); and (stunningly) Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Although we recommend three of the five webinars in the series, we also suggest watching them out-of-order with Jace Wolfe’s second, and Erin Schafer’s third, as each of these two build upon one another better this way:
- Linda Thibodeau PhD & Cheryl DeConde Johnson kicked off the webinars with Wireless Technology to Improve Communication in Noise (AO course #25528). Here is the abstract:
There are rapid advances in wireless technology, however, the best designed and fitted technology is only as effective as its utilization. The topics for the week-long webinar series will be introduced including use of wireless technology with adults and children with hearing aids, cochlear implants, learning challenges, and traumatic brain injury. Tools for verification including professional standards and guidelines as well as techniques for ensuring appropriate outcomes will be presented;
- Next, Hearts for Hearing’s Jace Wolfe PhD presented Cochlear Implants and Remote Microphone Technology (AO course #25544). Here is the abstract:
Despite advances in cochlear implant (CI) technology and impressive outcomes for recipients, CI users often continue to experience difficulty understanding in noisy and reverberant environments. Performance in these situations may be improved with wireless remote microphone technology. This webinar will review several studies that have explored the use of wireless remote mic technology for CI users based on the article published in Seminars in Hearing (volume 35, no. 3, August 2014) by the presenter;
- Finally, University of North Texas‘ Erin Schafer PhD presented compelling research showing how improving the signal-to-noise ratio provides great benefit to children with Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), Language Disorders (LD); and stunningly, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (AO course #25551). Here is the abstract:
This webinar will present evidence to support the use of wireless, remote microphone technology for improving speech-recognition performance in noise and classroom-listening abilities in children diagnosed with auditory processing disorders (APDs), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Following the review of evidence, case studies will be presented to support device fitting procedures and to report performance on behavioral measures and subjective questionnaires following the fitting.
Also, be sure to download the PDF handouts for each course, as they are chock-full of references~