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In this podcast, Dr. Michelle Saltarrelli, Autumn Oak Speech, Voice & Hearing, discusses her long career in speech language pathology, the role of an audiologist, and modern advances in hearing improvement technology.

Dr. Saltarrelli was educated at The Methodist Hospital within the Texas Medical Center, Houston Ear Research Foundation (HERF), and earned a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Louisiana Tech University as well as a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southeastern Louisiana University. And she uses her extensive education and years of practical experience to help patients daily.

Dr. Saltarrelli discusses her work as a licensed speech language pathologist, and as a licensed audiologist. She recounts how she got into the field, and how it was actually her desire to help people, mixed with a strong interest in speech and audiology that pushed her to choose this important medical career path. Dr. Saltarrelli has years of solid and important experience as a medical speech-language pathologist (SLP) and cochlear implant audiologist / SLP.

Dr. Saltarrelli talks about the many ways people lose their hearing, discussing head trauma and viruses. But she states that not every case’s cause can be isolated, sometimes the reason remains unknown. She explains how the brain can interpret messages, and outlines how damaged cells cause problems. The doctor goes on to talk about the regeneration of cells, as well as the techniques and tech used to improve hearing. Wrapping up, she talks about conditions such as tinnitus, and gives an in-depth overview on hearing aids, outlining the innovative technology utilized in modern hearing aids and implants.

In this podcast:

Why it’s important to try out your hearing aid for a while before committing to it forever
Some of the major reasons for hearing loss
What is cochlear damage, and what can be done about it?

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