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Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aids. Noise Exposure. Deafness. Assistive Listening Devices. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.


Ready for the Mainstream.

Author(s): French, D. B. Source: Washington, DC. Volta Voices. 11(1):18. Jan/Feb 2004. Availability: Available from Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC 20007. 202-337-5220; TTY: 202-337-5221; FAX: 202-337-8314. Web site: http://www.agbell.org. Language: English. Abstract: In this article the author provides a brief overview of those factors that could ensure mainstream readiness, which would lead to mainstream success, for children with hearing loss. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Students With Hearing Loss. Deaf Students. Teacher Resource. Parent Resource. Special Needs Children. Mainstreaming.


Sudden Hearing Loss: A Team Approach to Assessment,

Treatment, and Rehabilitation.

Author(s): Fritsch, M. H., Diefendorf, A. O., Wynne, M. K. Source: The Hearing Review. December 2003. 10(13):24-28. Availability: Available from CurAnt Communications Inc., Publisher. 6701 Center Drive West, Suite 450, Los Angeles, CA 90045-1535. (310) 642- 4400. Web site: www.hearingreview.com. Language: English. Abstract: Sudden hearing loss is a complex disorder with significant uncertainties and highly variable outcomes. The authors of this article seek to demonstrate how a team approach is vital in efforts to achieve optimal outcomes. Includes figures, tables and references. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Ear Disorder. Hearing Loss. Deafness. Hearing Loss Therapy. Professional Resource.


Hard of Hearing: Facing the Challenge in Class Insights and


Author(s): Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Source: Odyssey. Winter 2003. 4(2). Availability: Available from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695. Voice/TTY: (202) 651-5340. Toll-free: (800) 526-9105. Fax: (202) 651-5708. Web site: http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu. PRICE: Available free online at http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/Odyssey/Winter2003/index.html . Language: English. Abstract: This issue of Odyssey, a magazine published by the Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, in Washington, D.C., explores what it means to be a hard-of-hearing student in today's classroom. A variety of viewpoints is presented through such feature articles as Hard of Hearing Children: Still Overlooked; Navigating the Hearing Classroom with a Hearing Loss: Survival, Stress, and Dialogue; and Don't Ignore the Hearing of Hard of Hearing Students. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Education. Students. Hearing Impaired Persons. Hard of Hearing Persons. Hearing Loss. Children.


Word Recognition and the Articulation Index in Older

Listeners With Probable Age-Related Auditory Neuropathy.

Author(s): Gates, G. A., Feeney, M. P., Higdon, R. J. Source: American Academy of Audiology. Reston, VA. 14(10):574-80. December 2003. Availability: Available from the American Academy of Audiology. Publications, 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190. Voice: 800-AAA-2336; 703-790-8466. Fax: 703-790-8631. Web site: http://www.audiology.org/. Language: English. Abstract: This report presents a retrospective analysis of existing data derived from 957 members of a population-based cohort who participated in a prior study on the prevalence of central auditory dysfunction. Word


recognition scores (WRS) at three intensity levels were compared to predicted scores based on the Articulation Index (AI) and the Thornton- Raffin 95 percent critical differences. In 112 (11.7 percent) participants, one or more word recognition scores were significantly below the predicted score: a result the researchers regard as a subtle sign of possible auditory neuropathy. In contrast, classic signs of retrocochlear dysfunction manifested in only three people (0.3 percent) using rollover of the performance-intensity function for phonetically balanced word lists, in two (0.2 percent) people using the guideline of Yellin et al (1989), and in 54 people (5.6 percent) using a 20-point difference between the AI (x 100) and the WRS. The result indicates subtle signs of possible auditory neuropathy were more frequent than the classic signs. Comparing WRS at several high presentation levels to the AI is suggested as a method to screen for subtle neuropathy. From these findings, the researchers conclude that elderly listeners whose WRS fall below the Thornton-Raffin 95 percent critical difference based on AI should be considered for further testing for age-related auditory neuropathy. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Descriptors: Aging. Articulation Index. Auditory Neuropathy. Word Recognition.


Cochlear Implants and Education of the Deaf Child.

Author(s): Geers, A. E. Source: The Hearing Review. May 2003. 10(5). p. 18-22+. Availability: Available from CurAnt Communications Inc., Publisher. 6701 Center Drive West, Suite 450, Los Angeles, CA 90045-1535. (310) 642- 4400. PRICE: Available free online at www.hearingreview.com. Language: English. Abstract: This article summarizes the results of a five-year study conducted by the Central Institute for the Deaf and funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. The study concludes that deaf children who receive cochlear implants early in life and after appropriate rehabilitation fare better in developing speech skills than those who use hearing aids. The original study appeared in the Feb. 2003 monograph supplement of Ear and Hearing. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Cochlear Implants. Hearing Impaired Persons. Deaf Persons. Intervention Assistive Technology. Hearing Aids. Speech Perception. Speech Development. Children. NIDCD.


Music to the Impaired or Implanted Ear.

Author(s): Gfeller, K., Knuston, J. F. Source: The ASHA Leader. 2003;8;8:12-15. Availability: Available from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Web site: www.professional.asha.org. Language: English. Abstract: The authors of this article discuss the difficulties that some people who wear hearing devices can face related to the enjoyment of music. The article covers adults and children and different types of music. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Deafness. Hearing Loss. Hearing Impaired. Assistive Listening Devices. Hearing Aids. Cochlear Implants. Hearing Disorder.


Clinical Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.

Author(s): Gold, S. L. Source: The ASHA Leader. 8(20): 4-5, 24. November 4, 2003. Availability: Available from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Product Sales, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. (888) 498-6699. TTY (301) 897-0157. Website: www.asha.org. Language: English. Abstract: This article is presented as an introduction to Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), defined by the author as an individualized, noninvasive treatment that is effective for patients with intrusive tinnitus. The topics covered include habituation to the tinnitus signal and assessment of sound sensitivity; the implementation process; options for sound therapy; and efficacy. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. Hearing Impairment. Tinnitus Treatment. Ear Disorder.

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