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Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Rehabilitation. Hearing Impairment. Deafness Research. Hearing Assistive Devices.

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Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) National Update.

Author(s): Battat, B. Source: Hearing Loss. Bethesda, MD. Nov/Dec 2004. Availability: Available from Self Help for Hard of Hearing People. 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bathesda, MD 20814. Voice: (301) 657- 2248. TTY (301) 657-2249. Web site: www.shhh.org. Language: English. Abstract: As an advocate for individuals with hearing loss, SHHH has for several years joined with others to refine requirements for improving access for persons with hearing-impairment. This article presents some important revisions to the original Americans With Disability Act (ADA) guidelines. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Advocacy. Americans With Disability Act. ADA Guidelines. Access Board. People With Disabilities.

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Becoming Friends With Your New Hearing Aids.

Author(s): Bauman, N. Source: Hearing Loss. Bethesda, MD. Nov/Dec 2004. Availability: Available from Self Help for Hard of Hearing People. 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. (301) 657-2248. TTY: (301) 657-2249. Website: www.shhh.org. Language: English. Abstract: A hearing aid wearer shares his experience with acquiring and wearing a hearing aid for the first time and gives helpful advice for other new hearing aid wearers, based on his experiences. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aids. Deafness. Hearing Impairment. Using Hearing Assistive Devices. Adjusting to Hearing Aids.

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Preoperative Computerized Dynamic Posturography As a

Prognostic Indicator of Balance Function in Patients With Acoustic

Neuroma.

Author(s): Bergson, E., Sataloff, R. T. Source: ENT: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal. 84(3): 154-56. March 2005. 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: This study was conducted to determine the prognostic reliability of preoperative computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) in patients undergoing surgical excision of an acoustic neuroma. The researchers want to determine the correlation between objective preoperative assessments of balance function and subjective postoperative patient self-assessments. The research team retrospectively reviewed the records of 21 adults who had undergone preoperative CDP, and subsequently obtained their subjective assessments of balance function by follow-up telephone surveys at least 1 year postoperatively. Based on the results, the authors conclude that although CDP has proven to be useful in many aspects of balance evaluation, it did not appear to be a valuable predictor of subjective postoperative balance function in these patients. Subject Category: Hearing. Balance. Descriptors: Acoustic Neuroma. Postoperative Balance Function. Hearing Research. Computerized Dynamic Posturography. Inner Ear Disorder.

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Hearing Loss and Auditory Function in Sickle Cell Disease.

Author(s): Burch-Sims, G. P., Matlock, V. R. Source: Journal of Communication Disorders. 28(4):321-329. July-August 2005. Availability: Available from Elsevier Science. (800) 654-2452. Fax: (212) 633-3820. E-mail: reprints@elsevier.com. Website: www.us.elsevierhealth.com. Language: English. Abstract: Sickle cell disease is described in this paper as a significant health problem affecting 1 in 400 African-Americans in the United States.

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The authors state also that 1 in 10 African-Americans in the United States has sickle cell trait. This paper shows the relationship between sickle cell anemia and hearing loss. The authors discuss the genetic characteristics and the pathophysiology of sickle cell disease; prevalence and predominate site of hearing loss and/or auditory dysfunction during sickle cell crisis and with the disease under control (non-crisis); a model for appropriate audiological assessment and treatment of sickle cell disease patients, including published results of investigations utilizing this model. Based on the diversity of results and speculative etiology presented here and in the literature, the authors conclude that the relationship between sickle cell anemia, auditory sensitivity, and auditory function warrants still further investigation. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Sickle Cell Crisis. Hearing Impairment. Sensorineural Hearing Loss. African Americans. Deafness and Ethnicity. Hearing Problem. Hearing Function. Hereditary Disorder.

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Clear Speech for Adults With a Hearing Loss: Does

Intervention With Communication Partners Make a Difference?

Author(s): Caissie, R. Source: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 16(3):157-171. March 2005. Availability: Available from the American Academy of Audiology. Publications, 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190. (800) AAA-2336; (703) 790-8466. Fax: (703) 790-8631. Website: http://www.audiology.org/. Language: English. Abstract: This article provides details of a two-part study to determine whether spouses of persons with hearing loss require intervention to achieve and maintain clear speech over time. The authors also give a brief review of the basis for the research. For part one of the study, the researchers obtained speech acoustic measures for a talker before and after receiving a clear speech intervention session and for a talker before and after receiving only simple instructions to speak clearly. Measures were taken 1 month later to determine if the effects of the training were lasting. Part two of the study investigated whether adults with a hearing loss found clear speech produced after intervention easier to recognize than clear speech produced after instructions only. The results and findings are discussed in detail. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Descriptors: Audiologic Rehabilitation. Aural Rehabilitation. Audiology. Clear Speech. Communication Strategies. Hearing Impaired.

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A Guide to Understanding Craniosynostosis Syndrome.

Author(s): Children's Craniofacial Association. Source: Children's Craniofacial Association. 2005. 5 pp. Availability: Available from Children's Craniofacial Association. 13140 Colt Road, Suite 307, Dallas, TX 75240. (800) 535-3643 or (214) 570- 9099; Fax: (214) 570-8811. PRICE: Free. Language: English. Abstract: This parent's guide to craniosynostosis is designed to answer questions frequently asked by parents of children with craniosynostosis. It is intended to provide a clear understanding of the condition for patients, parents, and others. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Descriptors: Birth Defect. Genetic Disorder. Plagiocephaly. Trigonocephaly. Scaphocephaly. Crouzon Syndrome. Craniofacial Deformity. Children With Hearing Problems.

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A Guide to Understanding Crouzon Syndrome.

Author(s): Children's Craniofacial Association. Source: Children's Craniofacial Association. 2005. 5 pp. Availability: Available from Children's Craniofacial Association. 13140 Colt Road, Suite 307, Dallas, TX 75240. (800) 535-3643 or (214) 570- 9099; Fax: (214) 570-8811. PRICE: Free. Language: English. Abstract: This parent's guide to crouzon syndrome provides answers to questions frequently asked by parents of children with crouzon syndrome. It is intended to provide a clear understanding of the condition for patients, parents, and others. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Descriptors: Birth Defect. Genetic Disorder. Malocclusion. Craniofacial Defect. Facial Deformity. Children With Hearing Problems.

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