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Dr. Michelle Saltarrelli of Autumn Oak Speech, Voice & Hearing, provides an overview of her services and the advances in speech language pathology, as well as the role of an audiologist.

Dr. Saltarrelli completed her audiology residency at The Methodist Hospital within the Texas Medical Center and also at Houston Ear Research Foundation (HERF). She earned a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southeastern Louisiana University with
undergraduate work at Southeastern Louisiana University as well.

Dr. Saltarrelli talks about her background as a licensed speech language pathologist, practicing nearly 20 years to date, and as a licensed audiologist, practicing for about 11 years. She works with many patients and also teaches. Dr. Saltarrelli discusses her interest in speech pathology and recounts how she got into it, and it was her desire to help people, as well as her interest in speech and audiology that motivated her to choose this exciting career path. She discusses the ways people lose their hearing, from head trauma, to viruses (such as meningitis, etc.) but sometimes the reasons are unknown.

Dr. Saltarrelli has extensive experience as a medical speech-language pathologist (SLP) and cochlear implant audiologist / SLP. She discusses in detail how the brain interprets messages and how damaged cells cause problems that she sees regularly. She talks about the regeneration of cells and the methods they can use to try to improve hearing. Continuing, Dr. Saltarrelli talks about issues such as tinnitus, hearing aids, and more.

The speech and hearing expert provides further information on the technology behind hearing aids and implants, and the variations that exist between the different types. With hearing aids, she explains, people have time to try them out before they are committed to them, and she states that it is important to try different brands to be sure that you get the right one for you.

In this podcast you will learn…

Why some hearing aids might work great for you when others don’t.
What are some of the reasons for hearing loss?
What happens when cochlear damage occurs.

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