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book could be implemented by a fictional public school system. Each example used is based upon real experiences of school system personnel involved in this process. A list of references helps those interested in learning more about this form of transition service delivery. The authors created this resource specifically for school personnel, families, and students involved with transition services. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Language. Descriptors: Students With Multiple Disabilities. Transitional Services. Needs Assessment Planning. Service Delivery Policies. Autism. Pervasive Development Disorder. Mental Retardation. Disabled College Students. Special Needs Students. Adult Education Services.


Long-Term Results of Cochlear Implantation in Children.

Author(s): Haensel, J., Engelke, J. C., Ottenjann, W., Westhofen, M. Source: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 132(3): 456-458. March 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: This overview discusses a study conducted to analyze long- term results of prelingually deaf children who had cochlear implantation surgery performed at Aachen University Hospital in Germany. The research team examined 16 prelingually deaf children who underwent cochlear implantation over a period of 10 to 13 years. Researchers analyzed the patients' indications, perioperative complications, technical parameters, speech test results, and psychosocial development. A questionnaire seeking information about daily use, expectations, and personal evaluation of the procedure was mailed to all patients. Based on results from returns and subsequent findings, the researchers concluded that cochlear implantation in cases of prelingual deafness is feasible without severe complications and leads to an increasing quality of life, as is demonstrated by long-term observation. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Treating Deaf Children. Prelingual Deafness. Deafness Rehabilitation. Hearing Assistive Devices. Hearing Research. Pediatric Hearing Aids.


Efficacy of the KTP Laser in the Treatment of Middle Ear


Author(s): Hamilton, J. W. Source: Otology & Neurotology. 26(2):135-139, March 2005. Availability: Available from Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Customer Service, P.O. 1175, Lowell, MA 01853. (978) 262-9611. Fax: (978) 262- 9617. Language: English. Abstract: This article reviews a research that seek to evaluate whether ancillary use of the KTP (potassium titanyl phosphate) laser can diminish the rate of residual disease in intact canal wall cholesteatoma surgery and the findings. Thirty-three patients underwent treatment without laser and 36 underwent treatment with laser. The article reports that 10 patients without laser treatment had residual disease, whereas one patient had residual disease after laser treatment. The report also states that after adjustment using logistic regression, treatment still shows a significant effect on outcome. The researchers conclude that ancillary use of the KTP laser in cholesteatoma surgery is a treatment that significantly improves complete removal of disease. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Middle Ear Disorder. Hearing Dysfunction. Deafness. Ear Surgery. Hearing Research.


Evaluating Patients With Dizziness and Unsteadiness: A

Team Approach.

Author(s): Handelsman, J. A. Source: The ASHA Leader. (10)2 February 8, 2005. Availability: Available from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Web site: http://www.professional.asha.org. Language: English. Abstract: This article discusses a team approach (including audiologists, physicians, and physical therapists, when appropriate,) to evaluation and management of patients with balance system disorders. The author stresses that integrating information from each team member is essential


to providing optimal care for a patient with dizziness and/or balance problems. Subject Category: Balance. Hearing. Descriptors: Dizziness. Balance Problems. Managing Balance Disorders. Hearing Impairment. Inner Ear Disorders.


Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids in Unilateral Inner Ear

Deafness: An Evaluation of Audiometric and Patient Outcome


Author(s): Hol, M. K. S. Source: Otology & Neurotology. 26(5):999-1006. September 2005. Availability: Reprints available from Dr. Myrthe K.S. Hol, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology,

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Language: English. Abstract: This article describes a prospective clinical follow-up study that evaluated the benefit of a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) contralateral routing of sound (CROS) hearing aid in 29 patients with unilateral inner ear deafness. Patients were asked to complete four different patient outcome measures: the unaided condition before intervention, with the conventional CROS, with the BAHA CROS, and after 1 year of BAHA CROS use. Researchers found that sound localization in an audiologic test setting was no different from chance level. The main effect of the BAHA CROS was the lift of the head shadow effect in the speech in noise measurements. All instruments also showed positive results in favor of the BAHA CROS at long-term follow-up. The authors conclude that poor sound localization results in an audiologic test setting illustrate the inability of patients with unilateral inner ear deafness to localize sounds. The speech-in-noise measurements demonstrate the efficacy of the BAHA CROS to lift the head shadow. 2 figures. 2 tables. 27 references. (AA-M). Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Deafness. Inner Ear. Hearing Aids. Surgery. Treatment Efficacy.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Sudden Sensorineural

Hearing Loss: A Prospective Trial of Patients Failing Steroid and

Antiviral Treatment.

Author(s): Horn, C. E., Himel, H. N., Selesnick, S. H. Source: Otology & Neurotology. 26(5):882-889. September 2005. Availability: Reprints available from Dr. Samuel H. Selesnick, Cornell University, Weill Medical College, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 520 East 70th Street-ST541, New York, NY 10021. E-mail: shselesn@med.cornell.edu. Language: English. Abstract: This article describes a prospective cohort study that investigated the safety and efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in nine adult patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) who fail standard of care steroid and antiviral therapy. HBOT treatments were administered daily for 10 days over a 2-week period. Overall, two patients had a dramatic improvement, and one patient had a dramatic improvement in his speech discrimination without improvement in other audiometric measures. Six patients had no demonstrable hearing gains. Two patients had complications of serous otitis media requiring myringotomy and pressure-equalizing tube placement. No other complications were observed. The authors conclude that secondary HBOT after failure of systemic steroid and antiviral therapy may be associated with hearing gains in some patients with SSNHL. 5 figures. 1 table. 28 references. (AA-M). Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Sudden Deafness. Drug Therapy. Therapy. Treatment Efficacy. Complications.


Sound Effects: Share the Many Benefits of Sound Field

Amplification With Reluctant School Officials.

Author(s): Jorgensen, B. Source: ADVANCE Newsmagazines. 7(2):25. March/April 2005. 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 discusses the benefits of sound field technology

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