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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jean Fagan, AuD (George Washington University Hospital)
Description: David Luterman reminds audiologists to look at the human side of hearing loss from initial diagnosis onward. He guides us on a path to become better audiologists by becoming better counselors.
Purpose: One purpose is to provide readers with insight into the importance of building relationships with their patients and to understand the effect it will have on the habilitative/rehabilitative process. Another purpose is to provide a modified use of this information for professional counselors so that they can provide ongoing training to service providers (speech-language pathologists and audiologists) as they deal with the emotional implications of hearing loss.
Audience: According to the author, the audience includes professionals who work with individuals with hearing loss. The book also provides some insights on how families and/or caregivers of those with illnesses or syndromes may be reacting to the diagnosis and treatment process, and how to best address the process with these individuals as well as the patient. Lastly, this information can be applied to the readers' nonprofessional relationships and may help them if they (or a family member) are ever faced with a disorder, syndrome, illness, etc.
Features: The book provides a wealth of information about counseling, including theories of counseling, counseling techniques (including examples), and working with the families as a whole, rather than the patient alone. The book's greatest gift is David Luterman's ability to eloquently present what he has learned during his decades of service to his patients and their families. His personal experience encourages readers to an awakening of sorts, to the "other side" of hearing loss and communicative disorders, to understand the patient's world, as well as the family's, outside the clinic. This insight will drive clinicians to further consider the patient, and not solely focus on the technological side of treatment.
Assessment: This is an essential book for those who are just entering the field of audiology and speech-language pathology and quite possibly any career in allied health. It is especially important for those seasoned clinicians, to remind them to treat the person, not the disorder. It is a wonderful culmination of David Luterman's previous publications.