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might benefit from these kinds of technology can use it and enhance their ability to communicate effectively. The brochure begins with a summary of the incidence and prevalence of hearing loss in Massachusetts and how assistive listening devices may be of use. The brochure then reviews factors influencing the choice of a particular hearing aid, and outlines features that consumers should ask about when purchasing a hearing aid. These features include telecoil (T switch or telephone switch), direct audio input (DAI), remote control, hearing aid batteries, ear molds, hearing aid and ear mold colors, directional microphones, binaural hearing aids, trial period, hearing aid insurance, hearing aid orientation (training), hearing aid warranty, other assistive listening and alerting devices, realistic expectations, qualifications of the clinician, rehabilitative options, loaner hearing aid policy, hearing aid feedback, digital versus analog hearing aids, and the nature of the person's hearing loss. The brochure is illustrated with full color photographs. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Loss. Assistive Listening Devices. Hearing Aids. Consumer Awareness. Guidelines. Communication Strategies. Technology. Alerting Devices. Care and Maintenance. Hearing Aid Dispensing. Hearing Aid Batteries. Delivery of Health Care. Quality of Care. Patient Education. Telephone. Amplification. Aural Rehabilitation.

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Your Baby's Hearing: It Is Never Too Early to Test Your

Baby's Hearing.

Source: Washington, DC: American Academy of Audiology (AAA). 200X. 2 p. Availability: Available from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 750, McLean, VA 22102-3611. Voice/TTY (800) AAA-2336. PRICE: Single copy free; contact for bulk prices. Language: English. Abstract: This brochure, written for parents, emphasizes the importance of knowing the warning signs of hearing loss in an infant. The brochure encourages parents to become familiar with the signs of normal hearing; charts list these milestones for a baby from birth to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, and 6 to 12 months. Conditions often associated with hearing loss in infants are listed and information is provided on what to do if a hearing loss is suspected. The brochure emphasizes that if a baby has a hearing loss, important learning experiences will be missed. The brochure is illustrated with three full-color photographs of babies having their ears examined and their hearing tested. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing. Hearing Loss. Infants. Parent Education. Symptoms. Diagnosis. Child Development. Language Development. Early Identification. Early Intervention. Diagnostic Tests. Risk Factors.

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Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program.

Source: Nashville, TN: Ear Foundation. 200X. 4 p. Availability: Available from Minnie Pearl Foundation Program, The EAR Foundation. Web site: www.earfoundation.org. PRICE: Free for download online only. Language: EN. Abstract: This scholarship is named for country music entertainer Sarah Cannon (now deceased), also known as Minnie Pearl. Ms. Cannon (Minnie Pearl) was instrumental in assisting The EAR Foundation in establishing the Minnie Pearl Scholarship Fund in 1986. This online brochure describes the Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program of the Ear Foundation at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The Scholarship was established to offer students with hearing impairment the opportunity to obtain financial assistance for higher education. The scholarship is also designed to enable these exceptional students the opportunity to continue to function as productive individuals in a hearing world. The brochure provides profiles of scholarship recipients that include activities, college, and college major, and photographs. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Impaired Persons. Deaf Persons. College Students. College Education. Financial Aid. Academic Development.

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AG Bell Publications Catalog.

Source: Washington, DC: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. 200x. [48 p.]. Availability: Available from Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. Publication Sales Department, 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC 20007-2778. Voice/TTY (202) 337-5221. Voice: (866) 337-5220. Fax:

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(202) 337-8314. Website: www.agbell.org. PRICE: Single copy free. Language: English. Abstract: This annually published catalog lists texts, brochures, audiovisual materials, and software available in the field of auditory-oral education from the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. The A.G. Bell Association is dedicated to empowering persons with hearing impairments to function independently by promoting universal rights and optimal opportunities to learn and maintain verbal communication. Product categories include audiological management, language and speech development, communication approaches, educational management, parents and families, legal issues, adult rehabilitation. The catalog includes ordering information and prices, as well as membership information for the A.G. Bell Association. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Auditory-Oral Method. Information Resources. Organizations. Hearing Impaired Persons. Deaf Persons. Assistive Devices. Assistive Listening Devices. Educational Methods. Early Identification. Communication. Curriculum. Family. Legal Factors.

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Preventing Hearing Loss and Tinnitus.

Source: Rockville, MD: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 199x. [2 p.]. 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. PRICE: $3.95 for 10 brochures plus shipping and handling. Language: English. Abstract: This brochure, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), describes the problem of hearing loss and the importance of lifestyle and health strategies to delay or prevent its occurrence. The brochure emphasizes that prevention and early identification of and intervention for hearing loss are crucial for developing, maintaining, or improving communication and quality of life. The brochure outlines three major factors that can cause hearing loss (noise, physical trauma, and disease, heredity and medications); in each category, the brochure describes the source of the problem and then outlines specific prevention strategies. A second section describes tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) and notes its causes and prevention strategies. The brochure concludes with a description of the work that audiologists perform in evaluating and treating hearing loss, the professional education that audiologists have completed, and how to find an ASHA certified audiologist. The brochure is illustrated with full color photographs of a variety of people engaged in activities of everyday life. 5 figures. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Loss. Tinnitus. Etiology. Prevention. Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Trauma. Drug Effects. Heredity. Infections. Hearing Evaluation. Audiologists. Audiology. Recreation. Quality of Life.

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Hearing Aids and Audiology Services: A Sound Solution to

Improved Communication.

Source: Rockville, MD: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 199x. [16 p.]. 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. PRICE: $0.50 each for 1-99 or $0.45 each for 100 and over plus shipping and handling. Language: English. Abstract: This illustrated brochure uses a question and answer format to provide people who have hearing loss with information about hearing loss, hearing aids, and audiology services. The brochure outlines the signs of hearing loss, the credentials of an audiologist, and the services an audiologist is qualified to provide. Other topics include the information that a person will obtain from a hearing evaluation, the regulations concerning the need for a medical clearance prior to buying hearing aids, and the improvements people using hearing aids can expect when using the telephone or listening to sound systems in public places. The brochure answers questions on whether hearing aids will eliminate all communication problems, whether there are other hearing devices that will help a person hear with or without hearing aids, and whether all hearing aids are the same. In addition, the brochure describes the features of the in the canal and completely in the canal aids, in the ear aids, and behind the ear aids. Remaining topics include the cost of

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