Hearing Loss & Dementia: Understanding & Advancing Hearing Health Equity among Persons Living with Dementia

Sensory health and cognitive impairment, including dementia, stand at the intersection of two major public health challenges. Sensory impairments are among the most common and disabling comorbidities among individuals aging with cognitive impairment yet frequently go unrecognized and unaddressed. Among sensory impairments, hearing loss is one of the most common comorbidities among persons with dementia. […]

Expanding Services through Community-Engaged Research: Collaborating Across Disciplines and Stakeholders to Optimize Outcomes and Drive Change

Effective interventions and associated trials reflect the complexity and context of the communities with which they are tailored and the health behaviors they seek to address. Community-engaged methodology can capture these complexities and is an established approach within public health, particularly when focused on understanding and addressing health inequities. For example, within hearing care, significant […]

The SingWell Project: Exploring the Benefits of Group Singing for Individuals Living with Communication Challenges

Increasingly, people are discovering group singing as a meaningful social activity that has the power to generate community, improve mood, and decrease stress. But what about group singing in adults who suffer from communication challenges, like aphasia? A communication challenge (CC), which may include difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency, or hearing, might be considered […]

Re-imagining Hearing Health Care in Long-Term Care

The high prevalence of hearing loss among residents living in Long-Term Care (LTC) settings is fully acknowledged by Audiologists, Long-Term Care service providers, residents, and their families. Hearing loss frequently ​coexists​​ ​with other sensory impairments, cognitive changes, and health status challenges. The resultant communication barriers often lead to disengagement from previously enjoyed activities, social isolation, […]

Audiology Eras Tour

The professional field of Audiology emerged after WWII, when veterans returned with symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss. This prompted the development of standardized hearing assessment and rehabilitation procedures, eventually leading to formal university training programs in audiology. In those days, audiologists worked primarily out of ENT clinics and hospitals. Today, the field of audiology has […]

Practicing Effectively in Relation to Interpersonal Violence

With over 40% of women experiencing intimate partner violence and most of their children exposed to such violence, speech-language and audiology professionals need to understand interpersonal violence and be confident in their approaches. Our research has studied the dynamics and health impacts of violence and developed effective interventions, including a freely available app for women […]

Redefining Dysphagia Management: Airway Protection and the Role of Cough Assessment and Treatment

Cough is a physiologic behavior important for airway protection and pulmonary health. Cough is especially important for people with dysphagia, as they tend to be more medically fragile while also likely aspirating more frequently and severely due to their existing swallowing impairment. Because of this, speech-language pathologists should include assessment and treatment of cough as […]

Advanced Hearing Aid Verification: New Technologies for Best Practices

Modern hearing aid verification includes more than just fitting to targets. Starting from best practices for the basics, I’ll discuss new development for achieving and measuring speech audibility in quiet, along with the background evidence for continued use of this as a best practice. However, we’ll also explore other uses of hearing aid analyzers and […]

Integrating Oral Health into Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Oral health is defined as the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, and swallow while being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and other diseases. This definition highlights that oral health is broad, influences several functions central to […]