The Listening Brain
About The Listening Brain
Fortunately, for children with hearing loss, listening has become less of a challenge due to the availability of testing that allows early detection of hearing loss and the early use of advanced hearing technology – like hearing aids and cochlear implants.
This podcast, The Listening Brain, will celebrate listening and speaking in the context of childhood hearing loss. Hosted by K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., a noted Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, speech-language pathologist, and Professor, the podcast will explore educational trends, new developments in technology, and advances in research.
We will interview professionals in the fields serving children with hearing loss, and, most importantly, families who are supporting their children on this journey to listening and spoken language success.
And, equally as important, we’ll also hear from adults with hearing loss who will share their unique stories and experiences about growing up with deafness and how deafness is now being redefined for future generations.
Tracy B. Pate, M.S., CCC-SLP, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/ Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, is the Program Coordinator for The Listening Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The Listening Center is an evaluation, therapy, and consultation program designed for the development of listening and spoken language skills for children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. For the past thirty years, she has worked exclusively with this population. Her responsibilities include working directly with families to educate and empower them on issues related to hearing loss. She consults with Early Intervention professionals and school districts statewide to educate them on intervention for students using cochlear implant technology. She provides direct speech language therapy and telehealth sessions to families as well. She also uses a telehealth format to consult and educate other professionals who are serving the deaf and hard of hearing population. She received certification to practice Auditory-Verbal Therapy in 1998, which places her in a group of highly qualified individuals specifically training to teach listening and spoken language to young children who are deaf and hard of hearing. https://www.archildrens.org/ https://www.archildrens.org/programs-and-services/audiology/Treatments/the-listening-center You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast If you are a content creator and have a story to tell or expertise to share, consider working with the 3C Digital Media Network. For more information, contact K. Todd Houston, Founding Partner and CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lillian Henderson, M.S.P., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, earned a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in Speech Pathology and is a LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. Lillian is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Otolaryngology and Clinic Manager for Speech for The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC. She works with cochlear implant and auditory brainstem implant recipients providing therapy and assessments to children who are deaf or hard of hearing learning spoken language through listening. Lillian also provides training to professionals and graduate students throughout the United States. She is a consultant with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss. Contact the Children's Cochlear Implant Center: https://www.med.unc.edu/earandhearing. Opportunities for future trainings including CSI and LSL Junction can be found here. SSD Studies out of UNC-Chapel Hill: Two year outcomes paper: https://journals.lww.com/ear-hearing/Fulltext/9900/Two_Year_Outcomes_of_Cochlear_Implant_Use_for.122.aspx# One year outcomes paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9293149/ You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast If you are a digital storyteller and want to create new content (webinars, courses, blogs, or podcasts), please contact email@example.com. We are looking to add more content to our platform!
Jennifer Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a speech-language pathologist and certified AV therapist at the Atlanta Speech School. She received her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience providing listening and spoken language therapy in outpatient clinical settings, cochlear implant teams, and schools. She currently works in the Stepping Stones program at Atlanta Speech School serving children with speech/language and learning needs in a therapeutic classroom setting. eMail: JWallace@atlantaspeechschool.org Web: www.atlantaspeechschool.org You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Melissa Chaikof is a cofounder and Chair of Usher 1F Collaborative, a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to find a treatment to save or restore the vision of those with Usher syndrome type 1F. Usher syndrome is the leading cause of inherited deaf-blindness. With two daughters affected by Usher 1F, the cause is a very personal one to her, and she is determined to save her daughters’ vision. Prior to founding Usher 1F Collaborative, she worked for 14 years as Donor Research Analyst for Nonprofit Leadership (NPL), LLC. Prior to her work at NPL, Melissa was a contributing author on the topic of “English Language Acquisition of Children with Cochlear Implants” for the book written by Tom Bertling entitled Communicating with Deaf Children. She also worked as Outreach Coordinator for the Auditory-Verbal Center of Atlanta and as a systems analyst at the MITRE Corporation. She is currently a state champion for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, past board member of the Gift of Hearing Foundation, Cochlear Implant Association, Inc. (CIAI), the Auditory-Verbal Center of Atlanta, and served as contributor and associate editor for Contact, the publication of CIAI, for six years. Melissa holds an M.S. in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in applied math. She lives in Boston and has three adult children, two with Usher Syndrome type 1F. To learn more about Usher 1F Collaborative and their work and progress toward a cure or to help, please visit https://www.usher1f.org. You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Arlene Stredler-Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP provides consultation and technical assistance to programs working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the United States and internationally. She has graduate degrees in Speech/Language Pathology, Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and a doctoral degree in Special Education. Her recent research focuses on telepractice and the use of coaching strategies in the delivery of family-centered early intervention. Having worked many years in program administration and policy development, Dr. Stredler-Brown brings this skill set to her role as Director of the Colorado Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program. Common themes guiding her work are: inclusiveness, collaboration, evidence-based practice and a commitment to infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Mom to a cCMV Angel. After losing her 3-year-old daughter, Bella Dawn, to congenital CMV, Sarah Streeval set out to change things for future CMV families in Kentucky. Sarah became a Community Chairperson for National CMV Foundation. She helped to spearhead a focus group in her state that worked for two years toward implementing CMV policy. In April of this year, Kentucky became the 5th state to pass legislation providing CMV education to expectant parents and targeted CMV testing for Kentucky newborns. You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Adam Chitta is a music educator in San Antonio, Texas, who has been wearing behind-the-ear hearing aids following the diagnosis of bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at age 7. For the past twelve years, he has been teaching band and orchestra in the North East Independent School District. In this podcast interview, Adam shares his experiences of growing up with hearing loss and his journey through music in learning how to play musical instruments alongside his “hearing” twin brother, Stephen. Since completing his master’s degree in music education from Texas State University in May 2021, Adam has been on a journey to promote advocacy and raise awareness of how to best teach and reach DHH students in the music classrooms. His past professional presentations include the Cambridge University Press Accessibility Champions Virtual Talk, ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) Virtual University Press Redux Conference, Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference, and the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/ Convention. Adam actively seeks out newer techniques that can be utilized in the current music classrooms, of which include being a Teacher Affiliate for Soundbrenner Metronome products. Alongside being a music educator, Adam has a strong background in the marching arts. This includes his five years of being a brass performer for the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, and a visual instructor for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and Guardians Drum & Bugle Corps. He also worked with winter guard and indoor percussion in the Houston area as a visual instructor, drill designer, administrative assistant, and director. Adam serves as a role model and mentor to children and parents who may be facing challenges with their child wanting to succeed in their growth with music education. Anyone, including teachers, who would like to contact Adam for more tips, tools, or strategies for DHH students can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and can join his Facebook group, “Music is for ALL in our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community.” Qualifying for the deaf tuition waiver through the Texas Health and Human Services has helped Adam and his family with financial assistance through his higher education journey and he strongly recommends all DHH students in Texas to look into this program. You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Ellen Thomas is a senior speech-language pathologist and LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist at the University of Michigan where she provides direct intervention to children with hearing loss using an auditory-verbal approach. She is a part of the University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program. Ellen has published articles in Otology & Neurotology and has given numerous presentations nationally and internationally related to the development of listening and spoken language in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Since its beginning in 2004, Ellen has worked on the outreach grant Sound Support throughout the state of Michigan to bridge the medical and educational needs of children with hearing loss. In addition to her work at the University of Michigan, Ellen is the co-director of and an instructor for the Institute for Cochlear Implant Training’s Auditory-Verbal Practice Course. Ellen received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She completed her certification in Auditory-Verbal Therapy in 2000. Ellen has had the privilege of serving on the Michigan EHDI board and the A.G. Bell Academy board. She is passionate about helping children learn to listen and talk so that hearing loss does not drive their choices in life. You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, received her doctorate in Audiology from Kent State University in 1982. She is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology, The University of Akron. An international lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of more than 155 publications including 17 books, Dr. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. You can listen to this episode wherever you stream podcasts and at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Sylvia Rotfleisch, MSc(A), CCC/A, BSc(OT), LSLS Cert, AVT, is a certified Auditory-Verbal therapist, educator, and audiologist. She has devoted her career to providing therapy to families with children with hearing loss and teaching and mentoring other professionals. Trained at McGill University with Dr. Daniel Ling, Ms. Rotfleisch worked at Montreal Oral School for the Deaf, House Ear Institute, and Echo Horizon School before starting Hear to Talk (hear2talk.com), her own private practice. In addition to working with hundreds of families over more than 35 years, Ms. Rotfleisch has taught at University of Southern California, California Lutheran University, and led international master classes. She lectures, consults and mentors for school districts, helping to update their professional staff and mentors for LSL certification. She has presented at a wide variety of workshops and conferences. Ms. Rotfleisch has also served a variety of committees, including for AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and the task Force on Principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy. Maura Martindale, EdD, LSL Cert. AVEd, is a certified Auditory Verbal Educator. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California in 1999. She is the founder and director of the Master’s Degree of Science in the Education of the Deaf and Credential Program, and is an Associate Professor, at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. She has provided guidance and support to families of children with hearing loss in listening and spoken language at No Limits for Deaf Children centers in Southern California for over 15 years. Throughout her 40-plus years teaching at numerous universities, Dr. Martindale has prepared hundreds of teachers of the deaf for schools and programs throughout the US. She was a teacher and Director of Educational Services at the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles California for 26 years. You can listen to this episode wherever you listen to podcasts or at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast You can get Sylvia's and Maura's book at www.pluralpublishing.com
Kathryn Wilson Linder M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a speech-language pathologist, teacher of the deaf and Auditory-Verbal therapist, with more than 40 years of experience as an educator, therapist, and consultant in public school, private practice, home-based, and clinical settings. From 2014 until 2018, Kathryn held the position of Coaching and Mentoring Leader for Hearing First, This followed a position as Director of FIRST YEARS at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Kathryn is a founding member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, has been a member of the Coordinating Committee for the American Speech and Hearing Association Special Interest Group, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood and has served on the Board of Directors for The CARE Project. Kathryn has contributed to the professional literature as an author of several articles on a variety of topics. She provides professional learning opportunities both nationally and internationally and mentors professionals pursuing certification in Listening and Spoken Language practice. You can listen to this episode wherever you listen to podcasts or at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Suzanne Picerno is a former corporate professional, who lost her hearing over a 30-year period of time. From hearing aid wearer to becoming functionally deaf, she is an example of what can be achieved despite the appearance of obstacles. Today, Suzanne has bilateral cochlea implants and is a passionate advocate for creating hearing awareness. She has an MA in clinical psychology, an MBA, and is a licensed hearing aid specialist. Eddie the Elephant’s Magical Ear is her first published book, as well as the first book in the Eddie the Elephant Series. Amazon Link https://amzn.to/3MZktB8 Social Media Suzanne can be found online at: www.athomehearingservices.org Facebook Group: Breaking the Silence of Hearing Loss: www.facebook.com/groups/2674496696176741 www.linkedin.com/in/suzannepicerno Twitter: @DeafGrl2 email: email@example.com You can listen to this episode at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Christy is a relational therapist and deaf educator, bringing mindful and yogic principles, energy healing modalities, plus evidence based therapeutic models to her practice with families and practitioners in the field of deaf education. In 2016, Christy completed her masters in Deaf Education from Washington University and later completed her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2021. She brings these together in her work of Deafness Relations, where she helps hearing parents of DHH children gain clarity and help them navigate their emotions. Christy is also an advocate for deaf education services in Hawaii and founded Hawaii Hears in 2017 to bring more services to the islands for families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing. You can follow Christy on Instagram, Facebook, or send her an email Hello@christychadwick.com http://www.facebook.com/hawaiihears www.christychadwick.com www.hawaiihears.com IG: @Christy.Chadwick.Healing IG: @hawaiihears IG: @deafnessrelations You can listen to this podcast at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Dr. Dimity Dornan, AO is a social entrepreneur, bionics advocate, speech pathologist, researcher, Founder and Executive Director of Hear and Say, and Founder and Chair of Bionics Queensland. Dimity has also been appointed to Adjunct Professor to the University of Queensland and Adjunct Professor to the Science and Engineering Faculty, School of Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering. In 1992, she established Hear and Say as a leading not-for-profit for deaf children learning to listen and speak, particularly with surgically implantable hearing technology like the bionic ear. She is currently sharing her experience for the benefit of the stakeholders in the wider bionics industry through Bionics Queensland. Dr Dornan is aiming to bring outcomes similar to those legendary ones possible for many people who use the bionic ear to other new spin-off devices (e.g. bionic eye, deep brain stimulation, bionic organs and limbs etc.). You learn more about Dr. Dornan and her passions at: http://hearandsay.com.au/ http://www.bionicsqueensland.com.au/ You can listen to this episode at: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of Living with Hearing Loss, a popular blog and online community for people with hearing loss, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Her book, Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss, (co-authored with Gael Hannan) is the ultimate survival guide to living well with hearing loss. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues. Connect with Shari: Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter. You can access this episode by visiting: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
Born in a small town of Summit Station, Ohio east of Columbus, Jaime Vernon will make you laugh, cry and feel like getting out and making a difference. She is the founder and Executive Director of Songs for Sound, a 501c3 non-profit organization she started in 2011. Jaime is the mother of two teenagers, Jacob (17, normal hearing child) & Lexi (14), who is profoundly deaf and has bilateral cochlear implants. She is a coach, a missionary, public speaker, motivator and lives life to inspire others into action in their corner of the world. Jaime has turned her daughter's gaps in hearing healthcare into a movement. Jaime was heartbroken at the thought that, like Lexi, people could go without the beautiful sounds life has to offer including music because of bad information or lack of understanding about where to get help for hearing loss. Jaime believes every human being on the planet deserves the right to hear, yet most people lack understanding, awareness or access to get help. Songs for Sound has a mobile hearing health outreach project that has toured 35+ states, countless cities and communities and provided over 31,000 people free hearing screenings, information and awareness. They've hosted over 900 free hearing health events and have over 700 community partner organizations and businesses. Songs for Sound started its international business model in Jamaica in 2014 and will continue its work helping to build a model for hearing healthcare systems in developing nations by returning this Fall to work with the Jamaican government to establish early intervention strategies and testing, awareness and increase interest in hearing and speech careers. Songs for Sound also hosts an annual Hear the Music Kids Camp each year for families with children with hearing loss. Jaime believes in the following pillars and approach: Outreach and Awareness Care Team support (team of people who nurture and help families navigate the hearing journey) Hope Programs (programs to help people of all ages to live sustainably & thrive with hearing technology) Jaime is passionate about helping people feel great about themselves and living their best lives. Simply put, Jaime wants to change teh world and believes God has called her to help those living with untreated hearing loss, to receive a gift and miracle of hearing. To learn more or donate, SongsForSound.org To partner as a clinic, audiologist, company or sponsor: firstname.lastname@example.org, 615.739.1194 You can listen to this episode by visiting: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast
As Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, Jim and Lea Watson have over forty-five years experience promoting listening and speaking as a way of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Both trained under the late Auditory-Verbal Pioneers, Dr. Daniel Ling and Helen Beebe. Jim’s and Lea’s certification in LSLS Cert AVT is from 1994, the initial exam. Jim is a past president of Auditory-Verbal International and past Board member of the A G Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In 1980, Jim implemented the Auditory-Verbal Inclusion Program for children who are d/hoh in the Gloucester Public School System, Gloucester, MA USA. He directed and expanded that program for 34 years. In 1980, as a husband-wife team, Lea and Jim started the Auditory-Verbal Communication Center in Gloucester, MA-a private practice offering parent guidance for families from all over New England. The Watsons helped children attend school in their hometowns until specialists became available in those locations. Lea specialized in teaching parents of infants and preschoolers. She is the recipient of the 2008 Helen H. Beebe Memorial Award for mentors in AVT. From day one, the Watsons accepted students and other professionals to observe therapy or mentor with them. Throughout their career they presented at Boston hospitals and at conferences with the A G Bell Association and the New England Cochlear Implant Association. As international consultants for children with hearing loss they worked in Canada, England, Australia, Qatar, and around the USA. They volunteered in Vietnam in 2011 & 2012 with the Global Foundation for children with hearing loss. In 2020, they taught an online introductory course in Auditory-Verbal Therapy with the University of Hong Kong Special Education Dept. Now, retired, Jim and Lea spend time traveling, sailing, hiking, writing, painting, as they continue to speak up and promote spoken language for children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Most of all, they enjoy listening and talking with their five grandchildren who all live in Gloucester.
Dana Suskind, MD, is Founder and Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Public Policy (affiliated) at the University of Chicago. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, Dana has dedicated her research and clinical life to optimizing foundational brain development and preventing early cognitive disparities and their lifelong impact. Her work is focused in particular on helping parents leverage their power as brain architects. Dr. Suskind is the author of Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise and Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow for the Council on Early Childhood. Her work has been profiled by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, NPR, and Freakonomics. To access this episode, please visit: www.3cdigitalmedianetwork.com/the-listening-brain-podcast/
Lydia Denworth is an award-winning science journalist and a sought-after speaker. She is a contributing editor at Scientific American and the author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, which was named one of the best leadership books of 2020 by Adam Grant and called “the best of science writing” by Booklist. She has written two other books of popular science: I Can Hear You Whisper and Toxic Truth. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.
Michelle Hu has been a pediatric audiologist for over 10 years working with diagnostics, hearing amplification options, cochlear implant evaluations, hearing aid programming and aural rehabilitation. What makes Michelle distinctive is that she grew up hard of hearing herself. She was fit with hearing aids at the age of 3 years and now utilizes bilateral cochlear implants. Her unique and personal experiences lend to her innate ability to relate and be a role model for others who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH). She also serves as a source of strength and hope for parents of DHH children. As a military spouse and mother of three, Michelle strives to balance family life, clinical practice and entrepreneurship. During her maternity leave with her second child, she found herself missing the relationships created while in the clinic with patients. Thus, Mama Hu Hears was created as a space to connect back to her passion and share both personal and professional experiences with hearing loss and within the field of audiology. When Mama Hu Hears was created, thousands of people within the DHH community (especially parents of DHH children) reached out to her for help, guidance and to share their stories. Michelle knew she had found her purpose and made it her mission to do something more to support those who needed her and related to her the most. She has created an online program titled "My Child Has Hearing Loss, Now What?" to support anxious and doubtful parents on their DHH journey and to provide hearing healthcare professionals valuable and functional knowledge to improve and maximize the outcomes for clients. To learn more, visit: www.mamahuhears.com