The World Health Organization and UNICEF
recently published a new paper, Early Childhood Development and
Disability: A Discussion Paper (September 2012). The paper provides an
overview of disability in early childhood and underscores the need
to strengthen and scale up early childhood development initiatives, in
order to ensure that children with disabilities can participate
meaningfully in their homes, schools and communities. It is meant to
encourage international discussion, planning and action on issues
related to disability, early childhood development, and early
intervention. For free access to a pdf version of the discussion paper, click on the read more link!
Until recently, speech and language disorders
have been viewed as complex disorders produced by multiple-gene
interaction. Participant samples selected for genetics studies consisted
of affected children, their siblings, and, in some cases, the parents or even a multigenerational set of relatives; most samples represented many different families.
A new approach to studying the genetics of speech and language
disorders is to study the disorder within individual families. If there
are distinct subtypes of genetic etiology, this approach is more likely
to capture causal genes and is more feasible now than in the past, given
new technology such as high-efficiency (“next-generation”) sequencing
of parts of or even the entire genome. Follow this link
to learn more!
Audiology Online presents a Live Webinar: Quality in the Clinic: Design, Implementation and Measurement of the Patient Experience, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:00 am MDT.
As the delivery of health care e
volves, ‘quality’ is sure to become more of a buzzword in the audiology clinics around the US. Using a patient-centric point of view, this course will provide insight into how a clinic can apply many of the lessons from our manufacturing partners in the pursuit of quality.
CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ACAud/1.0; AHIP/1.0; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; CASLPA/1.0; Calif. HADB/1.0 Hearing Aid Related; IHS/1.0
Limited seating is available for this interactive live webinar, so sign up now by following this link.
The sensory cells of the inner ear have tiny hairs called
stereocilia that play a critical part in hearing. It has long been known that
these stereocilia move sideways back and forth in a wave-like motion when
stimulated by a sound wave. After having designed a microscope to observe these
movements, a research team in Sweden has discovered that the hairs not only
move sideways but also change in length.
The discovery, which was made in collaboration with
scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, USA provides new fundamental
knowledge about the mechanisms of hearing. It is presented in the online
scientific journal Nature Communications.
The October edition of Probes and Tips is now available: OAE Hearing Screening in Home Settings. This edition includes such items as:
- Tips for successful screening
- Tips for taking care of the screening environment: Limiting noise in the home
- Involving the assistance of family members with in-home screening
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found a new genetic mutation they believe may be responsible for deafness and hearing loss associated with Usher syndrome type 1. Follow this link to learn more about these findings, which were published in the Sept. 30 advance online edition of the journal Nature Genetics. This could help researchers develop new therapeutic targets for those at risk for this syndrome.
The American Academy of Audiology reminds us that it is October which officially begins National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month. The Academy is dedicated to advancing the profession through increasing public awareness of audiology and the importance of hearing protection. Your grassroots efforts to educate the public locally will make a profound difference! Follow this link for tools and resources that help you in promoting awareness.