Sometimes, due to hearing loss, the doorway is blocked.
Surgery, medical remedies, and, very commonly, hearing aids can help to unblock the doorway, to let more sounds in. But that is often NOT ENOUGH. If the brain does not understand the sounds it hears, then it does not matter how many sounds come in, or how much you hear. Persons with hearing lossor auditory processing problems may need to (re) train their brains, or make adjustments to their listening environments and daily routines to more easily understand the sounds that they hear.
Dr. Carol Maynard has helped children and adults to make the most of their hearing for many years. She earned her master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1979, and stayed in Charlottesville to work at the UVa Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology and at the Children's Rehabilitation Center working with children and adults. She began to develop an interest in understanding how our brains use the sounds that we hear. Over the years, Dr. Maynard has worked at Barnes Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital of Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, the Barber National Institute in Erie, PA, and Carolina Pediatric Therapy in Asheville, NC. She currently has a private practice providing audiological services to New Mexico area schools, and consulting and training services to individuals as well as to schools, businesses or others interested in learning about hearing and listening and their effect on learning and daily life. Dr. Maynard is committed to staying current with the ever changing developments in hearing healthcare and completed her doctoral training in 2015.
Moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2017 allowed Dr. Maynard to further expand her understanding of the hearing brain and its affect on listening and learning as she began working with the Santa Fe Public School District. By merging her knowledge of hearing, hearing loss and central auditory function, with lessons learned by confronting the daily challenges faced by children with hearing loss and/or central auditory processing disorder in a learning environment (as opposed to seeing them a few times a year in a clinical setting), she has been able to observe a bigger picture of the strengths and needs of persons with hearing and listening differences.
Yoga became an important part of Dr. Maynard's life when she began to study more intensely becoming a yoga instructor in 2002. Both the physical and spiritual practices helped her to strengthen her abilities certainly to teach, but also to truly listen and hear what others are saying. This, combined with her audiological expertise, allows her to offer knowledgeable assistance in a compassionate and clear manner.
Dr. Maynard is committed more than ever to helping teams (home, school or work) to understanding those strengths and needs to improve not only the life of the individual with those differences, but the lives of their teachers, co-workers and loved ones whose whole perception can change by learning about the subtle but often devastating challenges, fears and frustrations faced by a person with hearing or listening differences. She is proud to provide individual consultations and therapies, education or advocacy for students and their educational teams, and speaking engagements for schools, businesses or others.
The ear is the doorway that lets sound in, but the brain understands the sounds.
is dedicated to helping each person along the path toward easeful communication for learning, loving and laughing; to have the opportunity to be a full participant in the world.