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9617. Language: English. Abstract: In this article the authors review a study they conducted to compare the audiologic results of geriatric patients receiving cochlear implants with younger age groups and evaluate the quality of life after cochlear implantation in the geriatric population by means of validated quality-of-life questionnaires. The study participants were 89 postlingually deafened patients, 25 of whom were aged 70 years and older. According to the authors the results of the study prove that cochlear implantation in the elderly provides improvements in quality of life and speech understanding, similar to those for younger adult cochlear implant recipients. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Cochlear Implantation. Elderly. Hearing Assistive Device. Deafness. Speech Understanding. Hearing Research.


Observations on Cognitive and Psychological Aspects of

Vestibular Disorders.

Author(s): Vestibular Disorders Association. Source: Vestibular Disorders Association. 2005. Availability: Available from the Vestibular Disorders Association. P.O. Box 13305, Portland, OR 97213. (800) 837-8428. E-mail: veda@vestibular.org. Website: http://www.vestibular.org. PRICE: $3 member, $4 non-member per single copy. Language: English. Abstract: This document contains comments compiled from a 2002 videotaped discussion with experts with experience in the cognitive and psychological aspects of vestibular disorders. The interview was hosted by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) and included a panel of three health care professionals with experience in the fields of social work, otolaryngology, and neuropsychology. Subject Category: Hearing. Balance. Descriptors: Effects of Vestibular System Disorders. Dizziness. Vertigo. Cognitive Functioning. Anxiety. Mood Disorders. Psychological Function.

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Real-World Performance of Directional Microphone Hearing

Author(s): Walden, B. E., Surr, R. K., Cord, M. T. Source: Seminars in Hearing. 26(2):70-77. May 2005. Availability: Reprints available from Brian E. Walden, Army Audiology and Speech Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20307-5001. E-mail: brain.walden@na.amedd.army.mil. Language: English. Abstract: This article summarizes several recent studies of directional microphone hearing aid performance in everyday living conducted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The directional benefit typically observed in controlled clinical testing often is not realized in ordinary listening situations. This is due, partly, to various acoustic factors frequently encountered in everyday listening environments that disrupt the effectiveness of directional processing. As a result, patients will not detect a significant performance difference between omnidirectional and directional processing in many everyday listening situations. As a further result, some patients who are fit with switchable omnidirectional and directional hearing aids eventually will opt not to use the directional mode. Nevertheless, directional microphones can provide a significant benefit to patients under certain environmental conditions, and most patients learn to identify ordinary listening situations where directional processing is preferred distinctly to omnidirectional processing. This is most likely to occur when background noise is present and the signal of interest is in front of and relatively near the listener. 3 figures. 1 table. 8 references. (AA-M). Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aids. Signal Processing. Acoustics. Activities of Daily Living.


Innovative Methods in Language Intervention: Treatment

Outcome Measures. Can the Data Support the Claims?

Author(s): Wankoff, L. S. Source: Austin, TX: PRO-ED, Inc. 2005. 356 pp. ISBN: 1-4164-0117-2 (softcover). Availability: Available from PRO-ED, Inc. 8700 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757-6897. (800) 897-3202. Fax: (800) 397-7633. Website:


www.proedinc.com. PRICE: $35. Order number 12073. Language: English. Abstract: This sourcebook reviews the most clinically useful options for helping children who have language impairments. Chapters describe a comprehensive, integrated approach to language that builds on the understanding of the role of affective interactions in facilitating functional and meaningful language development; an intensive behavioral approach based on the principles of applied behavior analysis; the TEACCH method; the Picture Exchange Communication System; and the Fast ForWord Language software product. Other chapters discuss auditory processing and auditory integration training, the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program, the Seeing Stars Program, imagery and language comprehension, and sensory integration. The chapters, as they target specific innovative intervention techniques, provide readers with information about eligible candidates for intervention, a critical review of the treatment method being considered, and case histories. Remaining chapters present a clinical overview and offer conclusions. A glossary is included. 18 figures. 11 tables. Numerous references. Subject Category: Hearing. Language. Speech. Descriptors: Children. Language Disorders. Language Intervention. Language Development. Autism. Therapy.


Understanding Balance Problems in Children With CHARGE


Author(s): Williams, G. L., Hartshorne, T. S. Source: Deaf-Blind Perspectives. 12(2):5-7. Winter 2005. Availability: Available from Deaf-Blind Perspectives. Teaching Research Division, Western Oregon State College, 345 North Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, OR 97361. (503) 838-8885. TDD: (503) 838-8821. Fax: (503) 838-8150. Language: English. Abstract: This article covers vestibular function problems in children with CHARGE disorder. The authors define the role of the vestibular system as located within the inner ear and being mainly responsible for equilibrium. In children with CHARGE, the vestibular organs are often damaged or missing, causing balance problems. The article covers symptoms and early warning signs, anatomy and function of the vestibular system, screening for and assessing vestibular dysfunction, and therapy to enhance vestibular function. Subject Category: Balance. Hearing. Descriptors: Birth Defects. Genetic Disorders. Vestibular System. CHARGE Syndrome Management. Inner-Ear Disorder. Vestibular Function. Vestibular Therapy. Balance Disorder.


Road To Getting a Cochlear Implant: Cochlear Implant

Candidacy Process.

Author(s): Yeagle, J. Source: Hearing Loss. 26(6):24-28. November/December 2005. 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: This article presents an overview of the cochlear implant candidacy process. The author explains what a cochlear implant is, how a cochlear implant makes a person hear, who is a likely candidate for a cochlear implant, how to begin the process of getting a cochlear implant, and how to prepare for the appointments that determine implant candidacy. These appointments may include an initial audiological consultation, aided and unaided audiological and speech perception testing, computed tomography imaging, a medical evaluation, and device selection. The article also includes information on the psychological assessment and what patients can expect from a cochlear implant. 3 figures. Subject Category: Hearing. Speech. Descriptors: Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Cochlear Implants. Patient Selection. Hearing Evaluation. Speech Perception. CT Scan. Physical Examination.


Hearing Aid Use in Conjunction With a Cochlear Implant.

Author(s): Zwolan, T. A. Source: Hearing Loss. Bethesda, MD. 26(1):26-28. Jan/Feb 2005. Availability: Available from Self Help for Hard of Hearing People. 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bathesda, MD 20814. Voice: (301) 657-

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