Hearing Aids: Standards, Options, and Limitations / Edition 2

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Overview

Like the popular first edition, this second edition of Hearing Aids stresses a fundamental but frequently overlooked truth: the process of ordering hearing aids is as important as selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings. In this revised and expanded edition, you'll find all the information you need to confidently order hearing aids, including entirely new chapters and updates that reflect the latest developments and technology advances in this fast-moving field.

Packed with beneficial tables and diagrams, the text provides current and comprehensive guidelines on analyzing the different microphones, receivers, telecoils, and amplifiers; problems of distortion, noise, and the central nervous system; and the effect of these problems on hearing aid function.

Key features:

  • Four new chapters on the newest advances in the field, including non-linear signal processing, advances in microphone technology, digital signal processing and assistive listening devices
  • Valuable strategies on increasing user satisfaction—with pointers on optimizing amplification while minimizing distortion and background noise
  • More than 300 helpful diagrams and tables describe performance levels of the various selections
  • State-of-the-art information from leading experts in the field

This is the comprehensive text/reference all graduate students and dispensing audiologists need to stay up-to-date on the theory and clinical applications of new hearing aid technology. Together with its newly updated companion text, Strategies for Selecting and Verifying Hearing Aid Fittings, this book forms the basis of a complete reference library on selecting, ordering, measuring, and verifying hearing aid fittings and performance.

Standardizing hearing aid measurement parameters & electroacoustic performance tests/effects of distortion, etc

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[Five out of five ears for students] The book is a must...a well written, easily read introductory book...a great book to have in the library.—American Academy of AudiologyA well-written, easily read book...information is to the point and timely...for graduate students, the book is a must...a great book to have in the library. —www.audiology.orgAn excellent reference for anyone currently practicing or contemplating a profession in the field of audiology. —Doody's Review
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Reviewer: Linda Jacobs-Condit, AuD, CCC-A(George Washington University)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference on theory and clinical application of new hearing aid technology that includes state-of-the-art information from leading experts in the field. It is a companion to Strategies for Selecting and Verifying Hearing Aid Fittings, 2nd edition (Thieme, 2002). The first edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The purpose is to compile an up-to-date book on hearing aids, that includes information specific to recent advances in the field — digital signal processing selection and analysis including new ANSI standards and verification techniques.
Audience: This book is an ideal reference for graduate students and dispensing audiologists alike. The author is a well-known and highly credible researcher and author in the field of hearing aids.
Features: This book addresses many issues related to hearing aids — proper selection as well as proper ordering and verification of fit and benefit. The book includes many tables and diagrams, and provides current and comprehensive guidelines on analyzing different microphones, receivers, telecoils and amplifiers. Also included are sections on and the interrelationship between distortion, noise and the central nervous system as they relate to success or problems with hearing aid function/benefit. New chapters include information on nonlinear signal processing, advances in microphone technology, digital signal processing, and assistive listening devices. There are also many strategies on increasing user satisfaction.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for anyone currently practicing or contemplating a profession in the field of audiology. This book contains more than 300 diagrams and/or tables describing performance levels of various selections, and state-of-the art information from leading experts in the field of hearing aids.
From The Critics
In this revised and expanded second edition, graduate students and dispensing audiologists will find information on ordering hearing aids and the latest innovations in the field, such as non-linear signal processing, advances in microphone technology, and assistive listening devices. The book offers strategies on increasing user satisfaction and pointers on optimizing amplification while minimizing distortion and background noise. Some 300 diagrams and tables describe performance levels of various selections. Valente is professor of clinical otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588901033
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 4/20/2002
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 1,455,952
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Director, Division of Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
1 Electroacoustic Testing of Hearing Aids and Standards 1
2 Microphone, Telecoil, and Receiver Options: Past, Present, and Future 64
3 Amplifiers and Circuit Algorithms for Contemporary Hearing Aids 101
4 Hearing Aid Adjustments Through Potentiometer and Switch Options 143
5 Considerations in Modern Multichannel Nonlinear Hearing Aids 178
6 Earhooks, Tubing, Earmolds, and Shells 214
7 Directional Amplification for Improved Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Strategies, Measurements, and Limitations 274
8 Review of Research on Digital Signal Processing 347
9 Auditory Rehabilitation Technology: Improving Communication for Individuals with Hearing Loss 382
Index 411
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