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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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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 »
Coaching the Parent Who Doesn’t Attend Therapy by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Due to family schedules, it’s usually the same parent or caregiver who is able to attend therapy with the child each week. Each session, this “present parent” receives coach ... Read on »
Just Right Challenge by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Psychologist Lev Vygotsky is credited with identifying the concept of the “Zone of Proximal Development.”  This “ZPD” is the area between what a learner can do without help ... Read on »
Working Smarter, Not Harder by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It’s very tempting to feel that you need to be “doing therapy” every waking hour of every day for your child to make progress. If you can do this, on top of cooking meals, d ... Read on »
Celebrating Hearing Birthdays by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hearing is an incredible gift, and one that people with hearing loss and their families do not take for granted.  Here are some ideas for how to make your “Hearing Birthday” ... Read on »
Conquer the Cafeteria by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I’ve written before about difficult listening situations: large group presentations, meetings at work, crowded restaurants, but one that comes up most frequently for student ... Read on »
Frequently Asked Questions About Speech and Articulation by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Here are some of the most common questions I hear about speech, articulation, and people with hearing loss. My child is [age] and doesn’t say the [b, f, s, k, etc.] sound ye ... Read on »
Cochlear Implants, Residual Hearing, and Hybrid CIs by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness “When you get a cochlear implant, all of your natural hearing is destroyed.” This used to be the common wisdom: get a cochlear implant, forgo any residual hearing (hearing t ... Read on »