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Abstract: The authors of this article discuss a research study conducted to determine the efficacy of steroid and antiviral therapy in the management of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL.) Fifty-one patients on the same treatment protocol were evaluated for the study. The reported significance of the study findings is that antiviral therapy and increased length of steroid treatment may play a role in improved recovery rates in patients with sudden-onset sensorineural hearing loss. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Loss. Sudden-Onset Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Deafness. Deafness Research. Hearing Loss Intervention.

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Ear and Head Noises: Tinnitus.

Source: San Bruno, CA: Krames Communications. 2004. 2 p. Availability: Available from Krames Communications. Order Department, 100 Grundy Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066-3030. (800) 333-3032; Fax: (415) 244-4512. PRICE: Single copy free; $0.40 each for multiple copies; bulk discounts available. Order Number 1103. Language: EN. Abstract: This patient education brochure discusses the problem of tinnitus (ear and head noises) in adults. After a description of the problem, the brochure discusses the anatomy of the ear and the etiology of tinnitus; the importance of a thorough patient history and examination; diagnostic tests conducted to confirm tinnitus, including hearing tests, balance tests, nerve conduction tests, and computed tomography (CT scan) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); and treatment options, including the use of masking. The brochure concludes that the key to successful treatment of tinnitus is getting the most accurate diagnosis possible. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Tinnitus. Patient Education. Anatomy. Therapy. Diagnosis. Diagnostic Tests. Etiology.

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Hearing Aids: A Guide to Selection, Wear, and Care.

Source: San Bruno, CA: Staywell Company. 2004. 16 p. Availability: Available from Staywell Company. Order Department, 100 Grundy Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066-3030. (800) 333-3032. PRICE: Single copy free; $1.35 each for multiple copies; bulk discounts available. Order Number 1600. Language: English. Abstract: This patient education brochure provides basic information about hearing aids. Topics covered include the signs of hearing loss; reasons for hearing loss; the limitations of hearing aids; the physiology of normal hearing; the types of hearing loss; how a hearing aid helps a person hear; the health care providers involved in hearing evaluation and hearing aid dispensing; audiograms; the types of hearing aids; hearing aid fitting; caring of the hearing aid; adjusting to the use of a hearing aid; aural rehabilitation, including speechreading training; and assistive listening devices. The brochure concludes with a list of resource organizations that can provide additional information on hearing loss and hearing aids. The brochure is illustrated with numerous full-color line drawings. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aids. Patient Education. Consumer Information. Hearing Aid Dispensing. Care and Maintenance. Patient Care Team. Audiogram. Diagnostic Tests. Physiology. Hearing. Assistive Listening Devices. Aural Rehabilitation.

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Catalog: Resources Serving the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Communities 2004.

Source: Hillsboro, OR: Butte Publications, Inc. 2005. [31p.]. Availability: Available from Butte Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 1328, Hillsboro, OR 97123-1328. (800) 330-9791. Fax: (503) 693-9526. PRICE: Single copy free. Language: English. Abstract: This annually published catalog provides materials for members of the Deaf community and people who work with them such as parents, educators, interpreters, counselors, students, and teachers. The catalog includes interpreter resources; parent resources; reading resources; vocabulary and language building materials; dictionaries; materials on time, money, and math; science materials; Macintosh software; tests; resources for working with families; speechreading materials; resource books; and school-to-work transition materials. Each item is described, illustrated with a black-and-white photograph, and

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priced. An order form is included. Subject Category: Hearing. Language. Descriptors: Hearing Impaired Persons. Deaf Persons. Education of the Hearing Impaired. Instructional Materials. Interpreters. Family. Parent Education. Speech Language Therapy. Vocabulary. Language Development. Reading Skills. Assessment Instrument. Communication. Information Resources.

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Acoustic Neuroma.

Source: New Fairfield, CT: National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD). 2004. 8 p. Availability: Available from National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD). NORD Literature, P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968. (203) 744-0100. Fax: (203) 798-2291. E-mail: orphan@rarediseases.org. Website: www.rarediseases.org. PRICE: $3.75 per copy; add $1 for delivery outside of US. Item Number 45. Language: English. Abstract: This fact sheet reprints information on acoustic neuroma from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) database. Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor of the 8th cranial nerve. This nerve lies within the auditory canal and is associated with hearing and sending balance information from the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic neuroma can therefore cause hearing and balance disorders. The fact sheet presents information about symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, and standard and investigational therapies for acoustic neuroma. It includes a resource section listing organizations that can provide information about acoustic neuroma. 5 references. Subject Category: Hearing. Balance. Descriptors: Acoustic Neuroma. Patient Education. Symptoms. Etiology. Incidence. Therapy. Rare Diseases. Neoplasms. Surgical Techniques. Surgery.

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AbleNet Catalog.

Author(s): Able Net Inc. Source: Roseville, MN. Able Net, Inc. 47p. Availability: Available from Able Net, Inc. 2808 Fairview Avenue N., Roseville, MN 55113-1308. 1-800-322-0956; Fax: 651-294-2222. E-mail: customerservice@ablenetinc.com. Website: http://www.ablenetinc.com. Language: EN. Abstract: This catalog offers services and products to support students and teachers including supplemental and technology curricular solutions to match the changing background and needs of schools. The catalog introduces a new curricular program 'MEville to WEville'. The first program, 'The Star Reporter', is still available. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Disability Education Programs. Special Education. Teacher Resources. Communication Tools. Disability Access Tools. Disability Participation Tools. Disability Learning Tools.

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Telephone Use and Understanding in Patients With Cochlear

Implants.

Author(s): Adams, J. S., Hasenstab, M. S., Pippin, G. W., Sismanis, A. Source: ENT: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal. 83(2): 96-103. February 2004. Availability: Available from Medquest Communications LLC, 3800 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 201, Cleveland, OH 44114. (216) 391-9100. E- mail: circulation@entjournal.com. Web site: http://www.entjournal.com/. Language: English. Abstract: The authors report the findings of a mail survey of patients who had received cochlear implants to ascertain their ability to communicate on the telephone. Of eighty-six patients who responded, thirty-eight (44 percent) did not use the telephone at all, thirty-six (42 percent) were able to use the telephone without assistance (independent users), and twelve (14 percent) were able to use the telephone with some type of assistance. Factors associated with independent use were male sex, older age at the onset of hearing loss, longer duration of hearing loss, successful use of hearing aids prior to cochlear implantation, implantation with a MED-EL Combi 40+ device, and a shorter duration of implant use. The authors findings concluded that, regardless of the circumstances, many cochlear implant patients can use the telephone during daily activity without the need for assistive devices or relay services. Subject Category: Hearing.

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