Tinnitus – Sensation of a ringing, roaring, or buzzing sound in the ears or head. It is often associated with many forms of hearing loss and noise exposure. Learn more about tinnitus.

Teacher – Term used broadly to include teachers trained to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing children, teachers in ordinary (mainstreamed) classrooms, or a resource teacher who may work with children who have special needs.

Throat Disorders – Disorders or diseases of the larynx (voice box), pharynx, or esophagus.

Tongue – Large muscle on the floor of the mouth that manipulates food for chewing and swallowing. It is the main organ of taste, and assists in forming speech sounds.

Total Communication – TC describes a range of educational environments and communication interventions teach a child, which could include American Sign Language (ASL), Signed Exact English (SEE), fingerspelling, Cued Speech, speechreading, speaking, listening, and/or any other method that may facilitate language development.

Thyroplasty – Surgical technique to improve voice by altering the cartilages of the larynx, which houses the vocal folds (vocal cords), in order to change the position or length of the vocal folds. Also known as laryngeal framework surgery.

Tympanoplasty – Surgical repair of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) or bones of the middle ear.

Tympanometry – A test, also referred to as immittance testing, done during an audiological evaluation that helps to assess the integrity of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and the middle ear cavity. During tympanometry testing, a probe is inserted into and sealed in the ear canal and then a reflected tone is measured as the pressure in the ear canal is changed. The results are often graphed onto a tympanogram, showing the compliance at various positive and negative pressure levels.

This list is not an exhaustive list of terms in the field, but rather, is meant to provide reference for some of the words you may find in our blogs.
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