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Auditory Impairment and Assistive Hearing, 1st Edition

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An auditory impairment may be caused by many physical conditions (e.g., childhood illnesses, pregnancy-related illnesses, injury, heredity, age, excessive or prolonged exposure to noise), and result in varying degrees of hearing loss. Generally, auditory impairments are categorized as mild, moderate, severe, or profound. An individual with a moderate hearing impairment may be able to hear the sound, but have difficulty distinguishing specific speech patterns in a conversation. Individuals with a profound hearing impairment may not be able to hear sounds at all. An estimated 48 million Americans older than 12 years had hearing loss in at least one ear. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that in 2014, an estimated 21.0 percent of adults aged ≥18 years had difficulty following a conversation amid background noise, 11.2 percent had ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and 5.9 percent had sensitivity to everyday sounds.

Auditory Impairment and Assistive Hearing Sourcebook, First Edition begins with an overview of auditory impairment and explains how auditory problems impact people. It provides information about types of impairment and related disorders and discusses about the auditory impairment caused by genetics and infections in detail. It also provides information on diagnosis, intervention, and treatment for people with auditory impairment. Information about assistive hearing and disability rights for people with an auditory impairment is provided. The book concludes with a directory of resources for further help and information.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part 1: Introduction to Auditory Impairment begins with an overview of auditory system, auditory impairment, noise and hearing loss, and explains how loud noise causes auditory loss. It talks about noise exposure limits, noise-induced auditory health in schools, and considering auditory care as public healthcare. It also provides insights on auditory impairment as a disability and provides data and statistics on auditory impairment. Information about auditory impairment research programs and its findings is also provided.

Part 2: Auditory Problems and Its Impacts talks about problems caused by auditory impairment that impact infants, children, youth, and adults. It also talks about workplace noise and noise damages that can lead to auditory impairment such as excessive noise, occupational auditory loss, nonoccupational noise-induced auditory loss and noise exposure, and reproductive health.

Part 3: Types of Auditory Impairment and Related Disorders explains types of hearing loss and related disorders which include tinnitus, balance disorders, auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), age-related hearing loss, auditory loss due to ototoxicants, and impulse noise. It also talks in detail about infections of the ear canal or middle ear resulting in fluid or pus buildup, wax buildup, otosclerosis, and other diseases that lead to auditory impairment.

Part 4: Auditory Impairment Caused by Genetics and Infections explains auditory impairment caused by genetics and infections. Syndromic, nonsyndromic auditory impairment with autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and X-linked patterns are listed. It also talks about ear infections.

Part 5: Diagnosis, Intervention, and Treatment for Auditory Impairment explains the diagnosis, intervention, and treatment for auditory impairment and it includes intervention research programs and various research findings for treatment.

Part  6: Assistive Hearing for People with Auditory Impairment lists rehabilitative and assistive technology aids that can help people with auditory impairment in their daily life.

Part 7: Disability Rights for Auditory Impairment provides information about disability discrimination and disability rights for employment, public places accommodations, communication, and education. It also talks about service animals, filing complaints, and testing accommodations.

Part 8: Additional Resources includes a directory of resources that can provide help and support for people with auditory impairment.

Standard Features

  • 5 ½ x 8 ½
  • 200-300 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations.
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation.
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations.
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms.
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support.
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts.
  • List Price $45 per volume
  • School and Library Price $39 per volume