How much does it cost? How long does an appointment last?
A Listen and Talk as One appointment lasts up to 120 minutes and costs £250 for families based in the UK(£350 for families based overseas)
What is the benefit of a Listen and Talk as One (LATAO) appointment?
At a LATAO appointment you will be seen by specialists in children’s audiology and Auditory Verbal therapy at the same time. During the appointment your child’s hearing will be assessed and you will be introduced to the techniques and approaches used by Auditory Verbal therapists.
What is a Listen and Talk as One appointment?
Listen and Talk as One is a joint appointment with an independent audiologist from Chear, and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist – certified Auditory Verbal therapist from the charity, Auditory Verbal UK. We work together to support parents to understand what their child can hear and how we can develop listening and spoken language. We will look at the potential for understanding speech through listening by assessing your child’s detection and discrimination of sounds or music through hearing aids or cochlear implants. We can help to optimise hearing aid technology and liaise with local services as necessary.
How is this different from seeing my local services?
Listen and Talk as One (LATAO) is a unique partnership as Chear and Auditory Verbal UK bring together specialisms in audiology and Auditory Verbal therapy (AVT). As Auditory Verbal therapy relies on hearing technology being optimised for the development of listening and vocalisation skills, we think it is important to offer these two components in the same appointment. By adjusting the hearing aid around the hearing levels of your baby or young child we can save months of appointments with different services. For children with cochlear implants, we report our findings and recommendations back to the cochlear implant team.
At a LATAO appointment, you will learn what the Auditory Verbal approach involves and how you can support your child’s hearing and understanding. LATAO introduces families to this in a practical family-centred way, so that you can decide if you would like to explore it further. You will receive a video of the session for you to review in your own time and practical strategies to use at home. If you would like to find out more about Auditory Verbal therapy please visit www.avuk.org. To find out more about Chear, please visit http://www.chears.co.uk/
Who will I see at an appointment?
You will be seen by an experienced Audiologist and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist – certified Auditory Verbal therapist for your appointment.
My baby is only a few weeks old and we found out through the New Born Hearing Screening that my child is deaf. Is it too early to come and see you?
No, these appointments are particularly orientated to babies and families in the first year of life, when accurate hearing levels may not be available yet. This is a very important time to get a flying start on listening and vocalising.
Can I have another appointment?
If, during your LATAO appointment you are interested in receiving Auditory Verbal therapy on a regular basis, you will be able to talk to the therapists about joining the Auditory Verbal UK programme.