LI AuD Consortium Students Learn about Assistive Technology at the Center for Hearing Health
In February, students of the third-year class of the LI AuD Consortium visited the Center for Hearing Health, a program of Mill Neck Services, to attend a seminar to learn about Assistive Technology Devices.
The LI AuD Consortium is a program where Adelphi, Hofstra and St. John’s—three distinguished higher education institutions on Long Island—have joined resources to offer a combined Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.). This four-year post-baccalaureate program meets national standards for certification in Audiology and allows students to utilize the resources of all three schools, including labs, equipment, faculty and externship sites to earn the requirements for the degree.
The two-hour seminar was conducted by Audiologist and Operations Manager Dr. Susan Antonellis with assistance from Priscilla Mezrahi, a speech language pathologist from Tobii Dynavox—a company that provides innovative speech-generating devices, special education and literacy solutions as well as alternative computer access methods.
Students learned about various devices, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices for the non-verbal Deaf/hearing impaired individual and had the opportunity to gain a hands-on learning experience in the assistive listening device room.
Often times, a hearing aid or an implant is not enough for a hearing impaired individual. Hearing Assistive Technology or Assistive Listening Devices (as it is commonly referred) can help in these various listening conditions. These specific technologies are designed to enhance telephone communication, TV reception, ensure an effective smoke alarm and listening in various public venues.
There are many types of assistive technology, such as audio loops (hearing loops)—a wire that circles a room and is connected to the sound system, which transmits the sound electromagnetically and is then picked up by the telecoil in the hearing aid or cochlear implant; an infrared system—uses invisible light beams to carry sound from the source to a personal receiver; FM system—where sound is conveyed through radio waves to a personal receiver; and more.
Students left this unique seminar with a greater appreciation for and knowledge of Hearing Assistive Technology and will be able to better serve their clients locally.
November 2015 – Aim for Better Hearing at Mill Neck Center for Hearing Health