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Baby with a toy.

Beware the noisy toy

I have seen many an adult with hearing loss due to excessive noise exposure. In my current role as a pediatric audiologist, I am more likely to see hearing problems due to an ear infection than to noi...

Adult and child sitting outside.

Talk spots

What is a "talk spot"? A talk spot is literally a spot to talk to someone. The idea behind talk spots is to remind people of times and places where it is ideal to be present in the moment and commu...

Two cotton swabs

To swab or not to swab

"Hi Johnny," I say to the child in my office chair. "I'm just going to take a peek to see if you have any bananas in your ears." Johnny looks at me as if to say, "gee, this lady's crazy" and the look ...