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Communication Skills. American Sign Language. Parent Resource. Educational Resource.

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Serving Clients Who Use Sign Language.

Author(s): Scott, S., Lee, J. H. Source: The ASHA Leader. 8(6): 6-7,36. April 1, 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: In this article the authors make the case that speech-language and hearing professionals should more directly serve clients who use sign languages as their primary mode of communication. The authors state that although it may be necessary to use interpreters in some situations or locales or to make referrals to larger urban areas, programs, clinics, and schools throughout the country should make every effort to communicating with these clients using language with which they are most comfortable. Subject Category: Hearing. Language. Descriptors: American Sign Language. Deafness. Speech-Language Application. Speech-Language Therapist. Deaf Communication. Hard-of- Hearing.

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Risk Factors for Tinnitus in a Population of Older Adults: The

Blue Mountains Hearing Study.

Author(s): Sindhusake, D., et al. Source: The American Auditory Society: Ear and Hearing Journal. www.amauditorysoc.org. 23(6): 501-7. November 2003. Availability: Available from Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 530 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621. Voice: (215) 521-8300. Language: English. Abstract: This article reports on a cross-sectional, epidemiological study which sought to identify potential and modifiable risk factors for tinnitus among an older Australian population. The subjects were 2015 persons aged fifty-five and older, living in an area of Sydney, Australia. The Blue Mountains Hearing Study was conducted in conjunction with colleagues from Sydney University, University of Western Sydney and University of Newcastle in Australia. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Tinnitus. Hearing Research. Hearing Disorder. Hearing Loss Prevention. Older Adults. Blue Mountains Hearing Study.

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Family Rights, Legislation, and Policies: What Professionals

Need to Know to Promote Family Involvement and Advocacy.

Author(s): Sonnenstrahl, B., Raimondo, B. Source: In: The Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child: A Family-Centered Approach to Early Education. Bodner-Johnson, B.; Sass-Lehrer, M., ed. Baltimore, MD. Brookes Publishing Co. 2003. pp61-95. Availability: Available from Brookes Publishing Co. P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624. (800)638-3775; (410)337-9580; Fax: (410)337-8539. E-mail: custserv@brookespublishing.com. Website: http://www.pbrookes.com/. PRICE: $38 (paperback) plus shipping and handling. ISBN: 1-55766-579-6. Language: English. Abstract: Among the main responsibilities of professionals working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children is to help parents to improve their abilities for advocating on behalf of their children. In this chapter, from the book titled The Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child: A Family-Centered Approach to Early Education, the authors discuss advocacy and involvement, outline some aspects of federal law that address family involvement and advocacy, and offer advice to professionals on how to better promote involvement and advocacy of families in early intervention and education systems. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Early Childhood Education. Special Education. Early Intervention. Deaf Children. Hard-of-Hearing Children. Parent Resource. Disability Rights. Legislation. Advocacy.

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Exploring the Language and Literacy Outcomes of Pediatric

Cochlear Implant Users.

Author(s): Spencer, L. J., Barker, B. A., Tomblin, J. B.

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Source: Ear and Hearing. June 2003;24;236-247. Availability: Available from Ear and Hearing. Web site: www.ear- hearing.com. Language: English. Abstract: The authors report on a research study, the goal of which is to investigate the relationship between language, and literacy (reading and writing) skills in pediatric cochlear implant users. Peripherally, the study sought to identify the children's skills that needed remediation and subsequently to provide suggestions for remedial programming. Thirty-two participants were used in the study, including 16 pediatric cochlear implant users and 16 hearing children of similar age. Subject Category: Hearing. Language. Descriptors: Cochlear Implants. Pediatric Cochlear Implants. Pediatric Hearing Loss. Children and Hearing Loss. Deafness. Hard-of-Hearing Children. Assistive Listening Devices.

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Noise & Toys.

Author(s): Stein-Meyers, A. Source: ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. November 24, 2003. Availability: Available from Merion Publications, Inc. 2900 Horizon Drive, Box 61556, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0956. 610-278-1400. E-mail: advance@merion.com. Website: www.advanceweb.com. Language: English. Abstract: This article offers tips and suggestions to parents for selecting toys that are safe in terms of loudness. The article concludes with referrals for additional information on choosing toys that have safe noise levels. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Deafness. Hearing Loss. Children. Parent Resource.

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Literacy and Your Deaf Child: What Every Parent Should

Know.

Author(s): Stewart, D. A., Clarke, B. R. Source: Gallaudet University Press. ISBN: 1-56368-136-6. Paperback, 228 pp. 2003. Availability: Available from The University of Chicago Press, Chicago Distribution Center. 11030 South Langley, Chicago, IL 60628. (800) 621- 2736 (U.S. and Canada); (773) 702-7000 (Rest of world). Fax: (800) 621- 8476 (U.S. & Canada); (773) 702-7212 (Rest of world). E-mail: custserv@press.uchicago.edu. Language: English. Abstract: This book gives parents who are raising deaf children important insights into the relationship of language to reading and writing. The book defines associated terminology, discusses the unique challenges deaf children face and the role schools play, and offers ideas for activities parents can do at home to strengthen their children's writing and reading skills. In addition, an outline of how children acquire language and auditory and visual links to literacy is included. Another key topic discussed is the link between American Sign Language and English literacy. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Reading Comprehension. Language Learning. Writing. Communication Skills. American Sign Language. Deaf Children. Hard-of- Hearing. Early Childhood Education. Parent Resource.

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Advances in Mammalian Hair Cell Generation Reported.

Author(s): The Hearing Review. Source: The Hearing Review. News. 2003;10;7:12. Availability: Available from The Hearing Review. Language: English. Abstract: This news item reports on early research data on possible treatments for hearing loss and balance disorders involving the regeneration of new hair cells in the inner ear. Simultaneous reports came from GenVec, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and the University of Michigan (reported in the June 2003 Journal of Neuroscience.) The GenVec technology is being tested by otology investigators for possible applications to treat diseases of the inner ear. GenVec's research was supported by a grant from NIDCD. Details can be found on the NIDCD Web site at www.nidcd.nih.gov. Subject Category: Hearing.

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