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A LSL Symposium Speaker

Lydia Denworth is one of the 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium General Session Speakers and is the author of the best-selling book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language. Her knowledge of and collaboration with AG Bell did not happen by chance as she is personally involved in helping her child hear and talk.

When she learned 10 years ago that her youngest son, Alex, had a significant hearing loss, all she could think about was ears. In the 2015 January-February Volta Voices in her article, “Ears are Just the Beginning: How Sound Turns into Language and Language into Literacy,” she mentioned she needed to know everything there was to know about ears. As her family grappled with questions of language and learning, however, she quickly came to understand that she needed to think more broadly. To really know how to help a child who doesn’t hear, she needed to understand the chain reaction that is triggered by sound, which goes far beyond the inner ear and deep into the networks of the brain.

AG Bell recognizes this important fact, too, and that’s why the theme for the 2015 Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Symposium is “The Brain Science of Hearing: Connecting New Pathways to Spoken Language.” Denworth will take 2015 LSL Symposium attendees on a journey into the brain science of hearing. Weaving together her personal story, the history and science in her book, and the latest research on early language acquisition, Denworth will discuss why anyone who wants to help a child with hearing loss maximize his or her potential must understand what goes on behind the scenes in the brain.