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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Katie Montague, M.A.(George Washington University)
Description: This collection of chapters, each written by a different expert in the field of audiology, outlines the steps needed to detect, assess, and treat a child with hearing loss. It also includes personal stories about children and adults with hearing loss. The second edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: This book is meant to educate parents, using straightforward, non-technical language, about audiology, basic medical aspects of deafness, cochlear implants, genetics, auditory neuropathy, new technologies, and finding an appropriate treatment program. It will certainly help parents formulate informed questions for the practitioners they will meet.
Audience: The book is written for parents and caregivers of children newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. The chapters are written by accomplished professionals in their area of expertise.
Features: In addition to the extensive information about audiology, genetics, and communication options, the decision to include real-life personal stories about children and adults with hearing loss was a great idea. It is easy to read these stories and relate to the concerns and emotions experienced by families confronting hearing loss for the first time. One unique part of the book is its chapter on auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony, a disorder that is becoming more common in the deaf and hard of hearing world but still is not written about very often.
Assessment: This is an excellent educational tool for parents looking for general information on hearing loss. Experts in the field present parents with all the communication options currently available for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The book presents this information in an organized fashion that allows for easy navigation. Readers can either sit down and read the book cover-to-cover or read chapters as needed. The third edition covers many new topics and areas of research that have been developed since the second edition was published.