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demonstrates the procedure, and the viewer practices while watching the video. One benefit of the deep breathing procedure is that it can be used anywhere and anytime and does not require involving any special equipment. Another benefit is that it can be practiced unobtrusively without attracting attention. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Deafness. Hearing Disorder. Hearing Loss. Sign Language. Hard-of-Hearing. Relaxation Therapy. Patient Resource.

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Relaxation Training: Autogenic Procedures (Sign Language).

Author(s): Trychin, S. Source: The Living With Hearing Loss Program Series. Erie, PA. 2003. Open Captioned/Sign Language Interpreted Video. Availability: Available from Sam Trychin, Ph.D., 212 Cambridge Road, Erie, PA 16511. (814) 897-1194. E-mail: samtrychin@adelphia.net. Web site: www.trychin.com. PRICE: $35, shipping and handling included. Abstract: The autogenic procedures demonstrated on this videotape involve the repetition of a set of verbal phrases that induce a state of relaxation in the body. Autogenic relaxation procedures are especially beneficial for people who have physical conditions that prevent them from contracting and relaxing specific muscle groups. They are also useful for people who have Meniere's disease and in whom muscle relaxation may induce an attack. Autogenic phrases, once learned and thoroughly practiced, can be used virtually anywhere and anytime, and the practice also does not attract unwanted attention. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Deafness. Hearing Disorder. Hearing Loss. Sign Language. Hard-of-Hearing. Relaxation Therapy. Patient Resource.

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Opening Plugged Tympanostomy Tubes: Effect of Tube

Composition.

Author(s): Tsao, B., Stevens, G. R., Antonelli, P. J. Source: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. June 2003. 128:870-4. Availability: Reprint requests: Patrick J. Antonelli, MD. Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Florida, Box 100264, 1600 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32610-0264. E-mail: antonpj@ent.ufl.edu. Language: English. Abstract: The authors report their findings from a study designed to determine if tympanostomy tube (TT) composition impacts the rate of clearing mucoid plugs. The study was conducted using an ex vivo model. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Research Study. Ear Disorders Treatment. Ear Disorders. Hearing Tube.

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Acyclovir in the Treatment of Idiopathic Sudden

Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

Author(s): Uri, N., et al. Source: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 128(4): 544-9. April, 2003. Availability: Available from American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. One Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3357. (703) 836-4444. TTY: (703) 519-1585. Web site: www.entnet.org/. Language: English. Abstract: In this article the authors report on a study designed to discover whether patients with Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) would benefit from early treatment with acyclovir and hydrocortisone compared with patients treated by hydrocortisone alone. Sixty patients with ISSNHL were treated in a prospective controlled randomized manner. Patients were seen within seven days of onset and were divided randomly into two groups-the study group patients were treated with acyclovir and hydrocortisone, whereas those in the control group were treated with hydrocortisone alone. Having compared the two groups before and after treatment-regarding SRT, mean hearing level at each frequency, speech reception threshold improvement, gender, age, tinnitus, and balance complaints-the results showed an overall improvement of 78 percent. The authors conclude that there probably is no benefit from the addition of acyclovir in the treatment of ISSNHL. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Hearing Impairment. Ear Disorder Treatment. Hearing Research. Sudden Deafness.

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See That Sound! Visual Phonics Helps Deaf and Hard-of-

Hearing Students Develop Reading Skills.

Author(s): Waddy-Smith, B., Wilson, V. Source: Odyssey. Washington DC. Fall 2003. 5(1). 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 for download online at http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/Odyssey/Fall2003/index.html. Language: English. Abstract: Many students, both deaf and hearing, learn to read despite lack of access to all possibilities of literacy training. However, there are some students that benefit significantly from phonics as they develop reading skills. See-the-Sound Visual Phonics is a system designed to meet the unique needs and challenges of deaf students. Subject Category: Hearing. Language. Descriptors: Cued Speech. American Sign Language. Deaf Communication. Deaf Children. Children With Hearing Loss. Oral-Deaf Communication. Educator Resource. Parent Resource. Language Skills Development.

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Insurance Coverage of Post-Operative Services for Adult

Cochlear Implant Users.

Author(s): Walsh, T., Wyatt, R. Source: Washington, DC. Volta Voices. 2003;10;3:32. 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: www.agbell.org. Language: English. Abstract: The authors of this article discusses insurance coverage and financing of cochlear implantation and post operative care. The specific procedure codes in effect are included for the benefit of healthcare providers. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Cochlear Implants. Financing. Health Insurance Coverage. Assistive Listening Devices.

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The Diagnostic and Treatment Dilemma of Sudden

Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

Author(s): Wazen, J. J., Ghossaini, S. N. Source: The Hearing Review. December 2003. 10(13):38+. 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: One of the keys to assisting the patient with Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) is to understand the diagnostic and treatment pathways for the patient. In this article the authors look at the evaluation, management, natural history, and rehabilitation of the SSNHL patient. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Ear Disorder. Hearing Loss. Deafness. Hearing Loss Therapy. Professional Resource.

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Providing an Educational Hearing Conservation Program for

Author(s): White, S. Source: The Hearing Review. 10(4):24-26,63. September 2003. Availability: Available from CurAnt Communications Inc., Publisher. 6701 Center Drive West, Suite 450, Los Angeles, CA 90045-1535. (310) 642- 4400. (310) 641-0831 (Fax). Web site: www.hearingreview.com. Language: English. Abstract: Studies show that hearing conservation practices and knowledge are increased in relation to participation in a hearing conservation program. The author of this article states that the need to educate children on the dangers of high noise levels is urgent and can be done using existing resources. In this text the author presents readers with a tutorial on creating a hearing conservation educational program for schoolchildren using existing resources. Subject Category: Hearing.

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