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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Randa Mansour Shousher, MS (Medical College of Ohio)
Description: This book describes the issues of importance in dealing with infants and hearing loss. The book is laid out in order for one to follow and obtain the information they need with ease.
Purpose: The purpose, which the authors view as crucial, is to improve the student's knowledge and enhance the skills and experience with babies. The book is also considered to be a good review for audiologists.
Audience: The book is an excellent text that covers the whole aspect of infants and hearing loss. The table of contents and index are in excellent order and easy to use.
Features: The book is laid out with perfection. Section I is a good background on the issue and gives useful historical points to the reader. The inserts throughout the chapters also identify important facts that are thought to be crucial to understanding the issue thoroughly. The second section describes clinical aspects of hearing in infants — the genetics, human development, disorders affecting newborns and infants, and the care of premature and critically ill newborns. This was the most informative section for me. Section III deals with establishing hearing screening programs (pros and cons), the system of evaluation for infants' hearing, and the rehabilitation process and amplification procedures for infants. This is review information for the experienced audiologist, but it will provide good insight for a student. The reference section with appendixes provides a good review regarding statements on neonatal screening and all the Joint Committee positions from1982 to 1994.
Assessment: The book will be a valuable text for professionals to read and keep on the shelf for reference.