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Protect Your Ears For Better Hearing & Speech Month

As honored by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, let’s take a moment to recognize, Better Hearing & Speech Month! Each May, our speech therapists work hard to raise awareness about communication disorders and the importance of hearing.

Hearing is a large component of the way we speak and learn to talk. In the past 10 years, there has been a huge increase in hearing loss diagnosis. Two types, specifically, have been more widely diagnosed including noise-induced hearing loss and conductive hearing loss, due to fluid in the middle ear.

Noise-Induced hearing loss is caused by repetitive and unsafe exposure to loud sounds. This type of hearing loss is irreversible and completely preventable. Infants, children, teens and adults, regularly exposed to sound that is 85 dB (decibels) or higher are likely to experience a gradual hearing loss. (Starkey, 2016).

Conductive hearing loss caused by fluid in the middle ear is temporary, but may need treated by an ear, nose and throat specialist. Treatments may include PE tubes placed in the middle ear to allow fluid to drain effectively or pharmaceuticals. Fluid may be the result of constant allergies or frequent ear infections; however, some children are simply prone to fluid-filled ears. Although less likely, adults may be subject to fluid-filled ears. Following a diagnosis of conductive hearing loss, a referral to a speech therapist may be made to address a speech and language delay. While most cases are typically resolved with medical intervention and speech and language therapy, there have been cases reported of children needing multiple sets of PE tubes as they are designed to be temporary and fall out.

When considering or questioning a delay or difference in your child’s speech and language skills, a medical professional may ask you about recurrent ear infections or a family history of tubes. When recurrent ear infections are not resolved or the ears are not draining fluid, it can become trapped behind the ear drum. That fluid then affects the brain’s ability to process sound, making the sounds a baby or child hears muffled.

If you have concerns regarding your hearing or your child’s hearing, consult with your primary care physician to determine if you should have your hearing assessed by an audiologist.

Check out these 5 tips to protect your ears:

  1. Wear hearing protection when mowing the lawn!
  2. If working around heavy machinery or loud tools – wear hearing protection!
  3. Set volume limits on your child’s electronic devices.
  4. Limit your listening exposure with the 60/60 rule:  60 % volume capacity for no more than 60 minutes without a break.
  5. Download the SoundApp and measure the decibel of any sound in real time. Eighty-five dB and higher is considered damaging to hearing over time.


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Crystal Scheibe

Great place, glad we found them. Been going to Medina over 2 months now and he loves Lauryn and Kyler. Wish they had more ABA therapy places available... live in Wooster and long drive everyday.

Karrie Swan LaRock

My 11 year old son has dyslexia and has made noticeable gains in working At LLA THERAPY. Katie is strong in her approach toward him and also keeps him comfortable enough to perform well. We will continue visiting both the Fairlawn and Hudson offices and recommend them highly.

Ron Monroe

My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!

Heather Dougherty-Pantoja

My son’s Occupational Therapist, Jess, is an amazing OT! She gives practical tips on working with my son at home and school!

Terri Apgar

I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.

Kelli Geisler Davisson

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!

Victoria Hansford-Price

We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.

Laura Lee Hogsett

They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.

Amy Furukawa

We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!

Jessica Havalotti

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for our daughter. I would highly recommend LLA. Miss Grace was so amazing and I can't believe how quickly our daughter showed improvement. Thank you!
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