By Erin Schafer, PhD
As audiologists, we live and breathe hearing technology, but we don’t always have the opportunity to learn about how a lifetime of hearing technology shaped a person’s life.
I had the distinct pleasure of learning about Rebecca Krill’s journey with congenital hearing loss in her recent TED talk, “How technology has changed what it’s like to be deaf.”
Rebecca has congenital hearing loss and has experienced many technological advances in hearing technology over the years. One of the most poignant statements during her talk was related to her decision to obtain a cochlear implant. She “needed to stop the soul-sucking cycle of loss” as her hearing loss worsened and was no longer helped by hearing aids.
This statement reminds me of the difficult decisions faced by our patients, particularly those who are candidates for cochlear implants. She also describes how her hearing loss is not her primary barrier in the word. Instead, it is the outdated way people respond to her deafness with pity, anger, and patronization.
She ends her talk by describing how far technology has come in her lifetime, but our mindset needs to catch up. I highly recommend this 13-minute TED talk, not only for audiologists and students, but for your patients. She provides a clear, easy-to-understand description of sensorineural hearing loss, cochlear implants, and the importance of technology for connecting with others.
Erin Schafer, PhD, is the editor-in-chief of Audiology Today magazine and audiology-related news content on staging.audiology.org.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Audiology (2020) provided audiologists with guidance regarding the use of telehealth services. In October 2021, the Academy released a position statement titled The Use of Telehealth for the Delivery of Audiological Services. Members can access this statement here. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have expanded telehealth services,…
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects approximately five percent of the pediatric population. Up to 50 percent of children with ADHD also exhibit motor control and balance issues in addition to the more commonly seen symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Fidgeting, poor motor planning, increased postural sway, and difficulty sitting still may be related…
At the end of September 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data overviewing rates of death resulting from unintentional falls between the years of 1999–2020 by adults 65 years and older (Garnett et al, 2022). The report showed that death rates have increased, with the largest increase seen by those aged…