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satisfaction and usage for extended periods of time, up to 2 years after hearing aid delivery, to determine whether longitudinal changes occur in the elderly for these outcome measures. The study participants included 134 elderly hearing aid wearers, with outcome measures obtained at 1, 6, and 12 months post-fit. Of the original participants, 49 returned after 2 years to complete the satisfaction and usage measures again. Multiple self-report measures of hearing aid satisfaction and hearing aid usage were obtained at each followup session. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Impairment. Hearing Aids. Hearing Aid Satisfaction. Research.


Spoken Communication for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard-

of-Hearing: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

Author(s): Klein, D. H., Watson-Parker, E. Source: Hillsboro, Oregon. 2002. Butte Publications, Inc. ISBN: 1- 884362-54-0. 159pp. Availability: Available from Butte Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 1328, Hillsboro, OR 97123. 866-312-8883. Catalog order No. 2540. PRICE: $39 plus shipping and handling. www.buttepublications.com. Language: English. Abstract: This book supports the instructional best practice of using multidisciplinary team approach to develop spoken communication skills in deaf or hard-of-hearing students. Teachers, speech therapists, parents, school district personnel and the student all working together within the classroom setting to establish, develop and support spoken communication skills. The text supports the premise that spoken language development is possible regardless of the type and degree of hearing loss or the educational program's philosophy. The text includes pictures, forms, springboard discussions, experiments, and practical ideas for use in school and at home. Subject Category: Speech. Hearing. Descriptors: Deaf Communication. Communication Strategies. Deafness. Hard-of-Hearing Students. Deaf Students. Multidisciplinary Team Approach. Spoken Communication Skills.


Name Signs in Greek Sign Language.

Author(s): Kourbetis, V., Hoffmeister, R. J. Source: American Annals of the Deaf. 147(3): 35-43. July 2002. Availability: Available from Gallaudet University Press. 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. (202)651-5488 (Voice/TTY); (202)651-5489 (Fax). E-mail: valencia.simmons@gallaudet.edu. Website: http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/annals/. Language: English. Abstract: In this article the authors focus on Greek Sign Language (GSL) and the Greek deaf community. Based on interviews with some two hundred people, the phonological characteristics of Greek name signs are described, as well as the frequency of occurrence of specific name signs and the influence of spoken Greek. The authors compare American Sign Language with the naming process used in general Greek community, and further develop the following points: types of naming signs the Greek culture uses-descriptive name signs (DNS) and arbitrary name signs (ANS)-with DNS said to be the most popular naming process; name signs are assigned typically by members of the deaf community or by deaf peers in the educational setting; most name signs describe personal characteristics, but with many hearing people now learning GSL, initialized signs are beginning to appear. The authors question whether the Greek community will accept this practice. Subject Category: Language. Hearing. Descriptors: Sign Language. Greek Sign Language. Greek Deaf Community. Greek Name Signs. Hearing Impairment. Communication.


Interpreters and Translators in Communication Disorders: A

Practitioner's Handbook.

Author(s): Langdon, H. W. Source: Eau Claire, WI: Thinking Publications. 2002. 118 p. Availability: Available from Thinking Publications, P.O. Box 163, Eau Claire, WI 54702-0163. (715) 832-2488. Toll-free: (800) 225-GROW (4769). Fax: (715) 832-9082. Toll-free Fax: (800) 828-8885. E- mail: custserv@ThinkingPublications.com. Web site: www.thinkingpublications.com. PRICE: $32 plus shipping, tax, and handling. Language: English.


Abstract: This self-study manual for interpreters and translators explains considerations for working with speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other professionals serving people with communication disorders. The five sessions address the interpreting and translating process, collaboration on cases involving culturally or linguistically diverse clients, assessment techniques with culturally or linguistically diverse clients, challenges in the interpreting and translating process, and evaluation and outcomes. All sessions include self- assessment questions and a list of resources for more information. Guidelines, sample forms, and case studies are provided when relevant. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Language. Descriptors: Language. Interpreters. Interpreter Training. Sign Language. American Sign Language. ASL. Sign Language Interpreters. Translators. Communication Disorders. Speech- Language Pathologists. Audiologists. Cultural Factors. Multiculturalism. Diversity. Professional Education.


A Multi-Center, Double Blind Clinical Trial Comparing Benefit

From Three Commonly Used Hearing Aid Circuits.

Author(s): Larson, V. D. Source: The American Auditory Society, Dammeron Valley, UT. www.amauditorysoc.org. Ear and Hearing Journal, Vol. 23 No.4, August 2002. ISSN 0196-0202. Availability: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 530 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621. Voice: (215) 521-8300. Language: English. Abstract: This article reports on a study whose objective was to compare the efficacy of three commonly used hearing aid circuits, including peak clipping (PC), compression limiting (CL), and wide dynamic range compression (WDRC). The researchers used a double blind, three-period, three-treatment crossover design with 360 patients who were diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. The subjects were fitted with each of three programmable hearing aid circuits for the study. Outcome tests were performed in the unaided condition and then after 3 months, usage of each circuit, in both aided and unaided conditions. The researchers concluded that the three hearing aid circuits studied provide significant benefit in quiet and in noisy situations. Also, the results suggest that the compression hearing aids (WDRC and CL) studied were generally superior to the PC circuit, although the differences were small when compared to the large benefit shared by all three hearing aids. 2 figures. 22 references. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aids. Hearing Aid Research. Hearing Aid Circuits. Peak Clipping. Compression Limiting. Wide Dynamic Range Compression.


Working Out With Listening.

Author(s): Larson, V. L., Sterling-Orth, A., Thurs, S. A. Source: Eau Claire, WI: Thinking Publications. 2002. 129pp. Availability: Thinking Publications. P.O. Box 163, Eau Claire, WI 54702- 0163. (800) 225-GROW (4769) or (715) 832-2488. Fax: (800) 828-8885 or (715) 832-9082. E-mail: custserv@ThinkingPublications.com. Web site: http://www.thinkingpublications.com/. PRICE: $24, plus shipping and handling. Language: English. Abstract: This resource provides 50 workouts to develop listening skills. Each workout contains three exercises that focus on (1) recalling information, (2) following directions, and (3) listening for details and main ideas. As part of each exercise, a 'Think About Challenge' is presented also to develop related listening skills such as identifying appropriate listening behaviors, role playing, and drawing inferences. The resource is targeted to children between five and ten years of age, but it also may be appropriate for older children with listening difficulties. Because the workouts are intended to be read to children by adults, children do not need to be readers to participate in these workouts. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Language. Descriptors: Children. Listening. Listening Skills. Communication Skills. Educational Methods. Tutoring. Education. Exercise. Listening Comprehension. Students. Instructional Materials.


Normal Aid Functioning: Pipe Dream or Possibility.

Author(s): Lindley, G. Source: The Hearing Journal. 55(7): 10. July 2002.

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