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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kelly Kaufman, Au.D.(La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences )
Description: This is a general overview of hearing and communication disorders intended for speech-language pathology students. It is an offshoot of previous book that has now been rewritten to target more advanced audiology treatment. A CD and website resources are also included with the book.
Purpose: Intended as an introductory text for speech-language pathologists (SLP), it emphasizes speech communication. As the authors note, other books can be weighted toward audiology, and this book presents the appropriate amount of audiology information in the context of speech communication.
Audience: The authors, both well known and well respected, provide a great introductory text for SLP students.
Features: The book describes the communication chain — what it is, how it can be broken, and how it can be repaired. The text is well written and easy to understand. My only suggestions would be to update some of the pictures of hearing aids, etc., and to replace the hearing aid fitting methods with more current procedures.
Assessment: This book provides SLPs with the information necessary for their profession without burdening them with too much detail.