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Rachel C. Patient Expert

Atlanta, Georgia
Nearly 18 years ago, I did not understand what sounds meant to me. Every morning for the first few weeks, when I was a rough little three-year old child, my mother had to sit on me in order to get the magnet on my head. I know that sounds cruel of my mother, but I am grateful to her for doing this... Full Bio
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My Experiences by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of my closest friends from high school wrote this. Karina and I met over four years ago at the beginning of my freshman year of high school. When I first met Karina, she ... Read on »
Cochlear Implants and Cheerleading by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This past summer at the Usher Syndrome International Conference, I met Clare W. Clare is a high school student and is very involved in her cheerleading squad. Clare has deci ... Read on »
Identity: How do I identify myself? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In my junior year of high school, my English class and I studied The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This book was my class’s least favorite book to read because of H ... Read on »
Speaking to College Professors about Accommodations by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In kindergarten to twelfth grade, you have an IEP—Individualized Education Program—that is run by a team of teachers. Back when I was in high school, I used to have yearly I ... Read on »
Choosing a College that is Right for You by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Happy New Year Everyone! It is hard for me to believe that I have just finished my first semester of college. So much has changed since I started college back in late August ... Read on »
Cooking Up Therapy by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Cooking is a great thing to do in therapy for many reasons.  It’s a hands-on, multi-sensory experience that most children really enjoy.  Making food is part of any child’s e ... Read on »
Plateaus, Valleys, Plains and Mountains: Measuring Progress by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We know that getting a cochlear implant is not an instant fix.  Speech, language, and listening skills do not magically appear after activation, and progress is on everyone’ ... Read on »
Recovering from Cochlear Implant Surgery by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Congratulations!  You (or your child) are on your way home from a successful cochlear implant surgery.  What now?  Here are some tips to make recovery as smooth and comforta ... Read on »
Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss and Education by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Here are some of the questions I hear most frequently regarding students with hearing loss and their education, from preschool to college graduation and beyond!   Do student ... Read on »
Hearing with Two Ears: A Balancing Act by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness There are a lot of reasons, research, and rationale to support the need for bilateral amplification for people with hearing loss.  It’s pretty much a “given” at this point i ... Read on »
The Waiting Game by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Many auditory verbal techniques are not rocket science.  They’re simple suggestions and tweaks to your everyday routines — little changes that can make a BIG difference in y ... Read on »
Testing, Testing… by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Testing and evaluations bring up many emotions in parents and children alike.  Used well, a comprehensive evaluation provides a measure of the child’s progress and a road ma ... Read on »
1 + 1 = 3 by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I often hear from frustrated parents, “My child knows A, my child knows B, so why on earth can’t she make a sentence with A and B together?  I’m pulling my hair out!”  Movin ... Read on »
Big Goals for Big Kids by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness A lot of attention in the AVT world is focused on infants and toddlers — detecting hearing loss at birth, fitting them hearing technology ASAP, and getting their families of ... Read on »
Safety for People with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hearing technology can provide incredible access to sound for speech, language, cognitive, and social development.  However, one of the most basic reasons people choose hear ... Read on »
Success on the Job for Employees with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Whether you’ve been hard of hearing all your life or are adjusting to life as a late-deafened adult, navigating the workforce with hearing loss can be a challenge.  How can ... Read on »
Ultimate Hearing Loss Gift Guide 2014 by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness From babies to seniors, if there is someone with hearing loss on your gift list this year, check out these suggestions to help you pick the perfect present.      For babies, ... Read on »
Repetition Without Boredom by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We know that you need thousands of hours of practice to become an expert at any skill, and many, many repetitions for something to stick. The same is true for children learn ... Read on »
Do You Know How to D-I-P? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When an infant or toddler first receives hearing technology, it’s an exciting day!  Shortly after, though, parents want to know, “When will he start to talk?”  Stop and list ... Read on »
Map Your Way to Better Speech by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Common “knowledge” says that hearing happens with the ears and speech happens with the mouth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In reality, the loop between our ... Read on »