After Lorrie Burton of Woodbury, MN was diagnosed with ALS in November, she decided not to allow the disease to define her. Often, a devastating effects of the disease is the loss of the ability to speak. Burton is using new technology called voice banking. It will allow her to preserve her voice in a way never before possible.
Dr. Bert Schlauch and his graduate students Jocelyn Tzu-Ling Yu and Andrew Kersten partnered with entrepreneur Jackson Mann to minimize hearing loss through the creation of Vibes: affordable, high-quality earplugs that protect hearing while not impeding sound quality.
A screening of "The Way We Talk,” a documentary about living with stuttering by Michael Turner, sparked meaningful conversations about building community and support—for people who stutter and those who care about them.
A shortage of research faculty threatens our capacity to prepare the next generation of clinicians, scientists, and educators, diminishing evidence-based innovation in speech, language, and hearing sciences and disorders.
A trio of University of Minnesota healthcare providers has been selected as one of 8 teams in the first 3-year cohort of Clinical Scholars, a new national leadership program, led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), including our very own Mark DeRuiter.
Our senses allow us to see, feel, smell and ultimately relate to the world around us. But what happens when those senses fade, or are lost altogether? How do you walk when you have lost your equilibrium? How do you connect to your family when you lose the ability to hear them? Peggy Nelson can tell you.
Children who stutter are often embarrassed and try to hide their stuttering—even if it means not talking. This can have a more serious impact on their lives than the stuttering itself. The University of Minnesota Kids Who Stutter Camp (UMKWS) brings together kids who stutter to meet, connect, and realize that they can be good communicators, even if they stutter.
Professor Benjamin Munson is wrapping up a large longitudinal study of the relationships between phonology and word learning in preschool children. He hopes to better understand how phonology grows during the preschool years and how it provides support for learning words.