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Affiliate Highlight: Aphasia Nova Scotia
We re continuing with our affiliate highlight series, this time turning our eye ...
Aphasia.org - Fri. May 18
What You Need to Know About Strokes
Stroke is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, but a lack of awareness and resources hinder efforts to change that, the American Stroke Association says. We must aggressively continue our efforts to reduce stroke, especially in multicultural communities, and to reach people at younger ages, said Dr. Mitchell Elkind, a professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University in New York City and chair of the American Stroke Ass ...
Healthday - Mon. May 14
Infants Know Real 'Baby Talk' When They Hear It
Babies go gaga over other babies goo-goos, a new study finds. Researchers found that 5-month-old infants spent 40 percent longer listening to sounds from other infants than to adults making the same sounds. Even before they can create sounds resembling syllables -- such as ba ba ba -- infants can recognize vowel-like sounds and pay special attention to these sounds when they re made by other infants, the researchers said. The findings offer new insight int ...
Healthday - Mon. May 14
Many Parents Miss Speech Disorders in Young Kids
Many parents don t recognize the signs of speech and language problems in children, or don t know that early treatment is important, a new survey finds. Communication disorders are among the most common childhood disabilities -- and they are highly treatable in most cases, said Elise Davis-McFarland, president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ASHA . Yet, even with all of the information available to today s parents, our members report th ...
Healthday - Mon. May 14
What does a 'normal' voice sound like?
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2018 -- Have you ever turned the dial on the radio or switched the television channel because you found the quality of the presenter s voice grating What is it about a person s voice that can be soothing, aggravating or even sensual Jody E. Kreiman, at the University of California, Los Angeles, is tackling the question of how we perceive voice quality by studying how people think of a normal voice. Humans communicate their intentio ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 14
Can chimpanzee vocalizations reveal the origins of human language?
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2018 -- It s very difficult to determine when, how and why human language began. While fossil primates provide important clues about human evolution, the sounds they made and the soft tissue involved in making those sounds weren t preserved. But chimpanzees -- one of our closest living relatives -- provide important points of comparison for inferring the sorts of sounds our early ancestors may have made. During the 175th Meeting of ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 14
From the mouths of babes: Infants really enjoy hearing from their peers
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2018 -- Sorry, new moms and dads -- even though your infants really do appreciate your squeaky coos, they would prefer to hear sounds from their peers -- other babies. Even at the pre-babbling stage -- before they can form sounds resembling syllables like ba ba ba -- infants recognize vowel-like sounds, but they tend to dwell on these sounds when from the mouths of babes. In an experiment, 5-month-old subjects spent 40 percent long ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 14
Healthy diet may lower risk of hearing loss in women
Boston, MA -- Hearing loss affects approximately 48 million Americans. Some evidence suggests that diet may influence risk of hearing loss. Previous studies have looked at how specific nutrients affect risk, but the relation of overall diet and risk of developing hearing loss was unclear. In a new study, researchers from Brigham and Women s Hospital examined the relation between three different diets and risk of developing hearing loss The Alternate Medite ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 14
Listen to a Great Podcast About Aphasia
Two episodes. That 8217 s all I had to listen to The Slow Road ...
Aphasia.org - Mon. May 14
A Virtual World for People with Aphasia
What if speech therapy involved hanging out at a virtual tiki bar ...
Aphasia.org - Mon. May 14
Can 'local acoustic treatment' reduce speech distraction within open-plan offi...
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7, 2018 -- Overhearing conversations from nearby workstations can be one of the most distracting aspects of working in an open-plan office. To make these environments less noisy, while still providing acoustic support for speaking and listening, researchers are creating small acoustic islands using high-back chairs and retroreflective ceilings to direct sound to help you hear your own conversations -- not others -- better. An internat ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 7
Holding Hope with Aphasia
Last week we discussed the lack of control with aphasia and throwing ...
Aphasia.org - Mon. May 7