Glossary

Audiology is the scientific study of hearing, often including the treatment of persons with hearing defects; the scientific study of hearing, often including the treatment of persons with hearing defects

Audiologist is the scientific study of hearing, often including the treatment of persons with hearing defects; the scientific study of hearing, often including the treatment of persons with hearing defects

Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) facilitates optimal acquisition of spoken language through listening by newborns, infants, toddlers, and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Auditory-Verbal Therapy promotes early diagnosis, one-on-one therapy, and state-of-the-art audiologic management and technology. Parents and caregivers actively participate in therapy. Through guidance, coaching, and demonstration, parents become the primary facilitators of their child’s spoken language development. Ultimately, parents and caregivers gain confidence that their child can have access to a full range of academic, social, and occupational choices. Auditory-Verbal Therapy must be conducted in adherence to the Principles LSLS of Auditory-Verbal Therapy” (AG Bell Academy, 2012).

Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS) are certified either as Auditory-Verbal Therapists (LSLS Cert AVT) or Auditory-Verbal Educators (LSLS AVEd). The former category of certification applies to therapists who provide individualized services, typically for children who are not in special classrooms. The latter category of certification applies to teachers who provide services within the context of small groups or classrooms.

Otolaryngology is the medical practice dealing with the ear, nose, and throat; otology and laryngology combined for medical study or practice.

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