Hearing and Hearing Technology

This section contains information about the anatomy of the ear and the science of hearing, different types of hearing technology as well as the latest research and information to help you better understand how hearing technology assists infants, children and adults with hearing loss gain access to sound and enhance language development.


Reducing Noise in Learning Spaces

Buildings are more than mere shelter. They are places to facilitate and celebrate human interaction. For children who are deaf or hard of hearing, noise can be distracting and impede their learning. Learn ways to identify and reduce noise in your child’s learning environment. Read More »

Does Age Matter with Cochlear Implants? [STUDY]

Ifa child with hearing loss is fitted with a cochlear implant early in theirlifetime, what difference will it make on their communication abilities? Thisresearch shows the effect of a child’s age at implantation on essentialcommunication skills, such as speech perception, spoken word recognition, andexpressive language. Read More »

What Causes Hearing Loss? [STUDY]

For every 1,000 children born in the world, 1 to 2 will be born will with a hearing loss. Why? Michel Picard, Ph.D., looks at global data trends and provides explanations for why hearing loss occurs in some children. Read More »

Video: Parent to parent: Dreams for our children

Hear from these parents on their children's journey from silence to a normal life.   

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Video: No Limits for Children with Progressive Hearing Loss

Jenna had progressive hearing loss. Thanks to OPTION schooling and cochlear implants, she will be mainstreamed and her future is unlimited.  

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The Speech Banana

The Speech Banana is a term used to describe the area where the phonemes, or sounds of human speech, appear on an audiogram. When the phonemes are plotted out on the audiogram they take the shape of a banana, therefore audiologists and other speech professionals refer to that area as the speech banana.

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