ACADEMICS

Susanna Meyer

Working with individuals with hearing loss requires knowledge and skills obtained in several undergraduate and graduate courses, for instance audiology, speech disorders, language disorders, and counseling. It is work that requires collaboration with parents, family members, teachers, psychologists, speech language pathologists, audiologists as well as physicians. It is a rewarding field that not only improve communication, but also the quality of life of the individual with hearing loss and their loved ones. Even if you do not remain in the field of communication sciences and disorders, you will understand the impact of hearing loss on communication and be an empathetic communication partner.

Education

1984
University of Pretoria
Audiology
MA
1993
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Aural Rehabilitation
Ph.D.
Skills Audiology, Aural Rehabilitation, Hearing Conservation, Clear Speech, Teaching and Learning

Achievements

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Worcester State University Professional Development Grant: Hearing Conservation for Trainee Firefighters
2016
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WSU/Worcester Art Museum Partnership Planning Grant
2015
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Publications

  • Articles
  • Presentations
Articles
Soltano, E., Larrivee, L., Meyer, S.E. (2016) Enhancing Student Learning Through Interdisciplinary WSU Currents, vol 7, pp. 38-44 Read More
Articles
Lamdan, A., Meyer, S.E., Larrivee, L. (2015) Grammatical morpheme development in an internationally adopted English language learner. PSHA Journal Read More
Articles
Meyer, S., Veneziano-Korzec, A., Larrivee, L., Stacy, K. (2016). Improving museum docents’ communication skills. Curator The Museum Journal, 59, 55-60 Read More
Articles
Meyer, S, Larrivee, L., Veneziani-Korzec, A., Stacy, K. (2017) Improving Art Museum Accessibility for Adults with Acquired Hearing Loss. American Journal Audiology 26 (1) 10-17. Read More
Talks
Meyer, S, Larrivee, L., Soltano, E. (November, 2016) The Benefits for faculty and students provided by interprofessional research. Poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA. Meyer, S, Larrivee, L., Veneziano-Korzec, A., Stacy, K. (November, 2016). Improving art museum accessibility for adults with hearing loss. Poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA. Read More
Talks
Aleicho, E, Hurst, J. Meyer, S. (October, 2017) Effectiveness of Hearing Conservation for EMT and Paramedic Trainees. NESSLP New England Symposium for Speech-Language Professionals. Worcester, MA Read More
Talks
Aleicho, E, Hurst, J. Meyer, S. (October, 2017) Effectiveness of Hearing Conservation for EMT and Paramedic Trainees. NESSLP New England Symposium for Speech-Language Professionals. Worcester, MA Read More

Research

Hearing Conservation for Firefighters

Comprehensive Hearing Conservation for Trainee Firefighters Hearing screening and conservation takes place to prevent noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL is a sensori-neural hearing loss that is caused by repeated exposure to sounds over an extended period of time. Previous research demonstrated that firefighters have a higher incidence of hearing loss than the general population. Before young firefighters are acculturated, it is important to make them aware of the importance of hearing and hearing protection. This group of workers needs regular hearing screenings and hearing conservation measures to enable them to work effectively. Providing hearing protection devices to these individuals will make hearing conservation an achievable goal. Participants All paramedic students attending the QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center EMT Paramedic Program were approached to volunteer for the study. Sixteen individuals participated in the study. Materials Adult Hearing Screening Form was used to note case history information, otoscopic examination, pure tone screening results, and otoacoustic emissions results. Self-Assessment of Communication (SAC) was used in screening for self-perceived hearing disability. Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior (KAB) Questionnaire was used to track changes in attitudes, knowledge and behaviors after a training session (Saunders, Dann, Griest & Fredrick, 2014). DefendEar Convertible by Westone Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs) was created for each participant. The hearing conservation program was successful in that the participants’ knowledge increased after participating in the program. Some participants showed good improvement in their knowledge regarding hearing, noise and hearing conservation. The program resulted in changes in attitudes related to hearing conservation. The participants realized that hearing loss can have serious implications. This realization will lead to better hearing conservation behaviors. The participants did not believe they can successfully develop hearing conservation. The post-hearing protection questionnaire was conducted before the participants received their personalized hearing protection devices. Repeating the questionnaire after the participants had the opportunity to use their HPDs may provide different results. Changes in behaviors were noticed in some aspects where noise may have a deleterious impact on hearing, but not in all circumstances. Although the participants did not keep a consistent log of their HPD use, the informal comments were positive regarding the effectiveness and ease of use. These young EMT and Paramedic trainees have the knowledge and the HPDs to ensure that their hearing will not be affected by noise exposure in the course of their future jobs.

Courses

Audiology

Audiology


A speech-language pathology focused course about prevention, etiology, characteristics, evaluation/interpretation, and social aspects of hearing loss across diverse populations
3 credits
Aural Rehabiliation

Aural Rehabiliation


Evaluation and management of hearing related communication difficulties across the lifespan, including amplification, speech perception and communication training, speech-language therapy, and counseling.