Strategies for Selecting and Verifying Hearing Aid Fittings

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This current and expanded edition of a bestselling text is divided into four sections, organized to follow the sequence in which decisions are made regarding hearing aid fittings, and featuring new chapters on middle ear implants, hearing aid counseling, and infection control. Other chapters have been revised to reflect the latest developments in the field, such as: improving speech recognition with directional microphones; changing standards for measuring real-ear performance; ...

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Overview

This current and expanded edition of a bestselling text is divided into four sections, organized to follow the sequence in which decisions are made regarding hearing aid fittings, and featuring new chapters on middle ear implants, hearing aid counseling, and infection control. Other chapters have been revised to reflect the latest developments in the field, such as: improving speech recognition with directional microphones; changing standards for measuring real-ear performance; and new prescriptive procedures for severe hearing loss.

The text features contributions from internationally renowned experts in the field who share their extensive knowledge and clinical experience. It covers the six most common forms of hearing loss practitioners will encounter in their own practice--noise-induced, symmetrical, asymmetrical, unilateral, conductive, and severe hearing loss--with instructions on applying the newest technology to each hearing impaired group.

Key features:

  • Addresses the six most common types of hearing loss that comprise 90-95% of the situations audiologists encounter daily
  • Organized to follow the decision-making progress in selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings
  • Fully updated with state-of-the-art technology on implantable hearing aids, directional microphones, and more
  • A valuable glossary of terms at the end of the text--helpful for students and specialists alike

Together with its updated companion text, HEARING AIDS: STANDARDS, OPTIONS, AND LIMITATIONS, this book forms the basis of a complete reference library on selecting, ordering, measuring, and verifying hearing aid fittings and performance.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Lara DiLollo
This is a valuable new book that draws on the experience and expertise of a variety of well-credentialed experts to produce an excellent guide to strategies for selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings. The purpose is to break down the decision-making process involved in selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings and to examine a variety of approaches and strategies that will enhance the dispensing process. This is a much needed and useful objective, and one that is handled most capably by this book. The book is targeted toward dispensing audiologists, but it is also designed to be used by graduate audiology students. The collection of contributing authors and their varied and sound credentials adds considerably to the broad applicability and appeal of this book. The book includes a number of charts, graphs, and tables that serve to illustrate and clarify the text in addition to a good, usable length glossary. The references are numerous for each chapter and include both up-to-date research and established references. This is a very useful and valuable addition to the literature regarding the dispensing process. It should prove to be of great value to both dispensing audiologists and graduate audiology students in shaping, updating, and augmenting their approaches to selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings.
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Theoretical concepts are explained and applied to clinical practice to provide guidance on meeting the amplification needs of patients with impaired hearing. Coverage encompasses the most common forms of hearing loss encountered in everyday practice, with detailed instructions on applying the latest technology to each hearing impaired group. Material is organized to follow the decision-making process in selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings. This second edition contains new chapters on middle ear implants, hearing aid counseling, and infection control. Other chapters have been revised to reflect changes in the profession since 1994. Valente teaches clinical otolaryngology and directs the Department of Adult Audiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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A comprehensive look at all aspects of hearing aid selection and fitting...excellent...offers specific fitting guidelines for various types of hearing loss...an invaluable learning tool for students and a good reference for the library of experienced practitioners. --www.audiology.org[Five out five ears for students] A comprehensive look at all aspects of hearing aid selection and fitting...well-organized material...an excellent examination of various fitting strategies...terrific graphs...an excellent and comprehensive analysis of the processes...an invaluable learning tool for students and a good reference for the library of experienced practicioners.--American Academy of Audiology
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Reviewer: Lara DiLollo, MS, CCC-A(University of Mississippi)
Description: This is a valuable new book that draws on the experience and expertise of a variety of well-credentialed experts to produce an excellent guide to strategies for selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings.
Purpose: The purpose is to break down the decision-making process involved in selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings and to examine a variety of approaches and strategies that will enhance the dispensing process. This is a much needed and useful objective, and one that is handled most capably by this book.
Audience: The book is targeted toward dispensing audiologists, but it is also designed to be used by graduate audiology students. The collection of contributing authors and their varied and sound credentials adds considerably to the broad applicability and appeal of this book.
Features: The book includes a number of charts, graphs, and tables that serve to illustrate and clarify the text in addition to a good, usable length glossary. The references are numerous for each chapter and include both up-to-date research and established references.
Assessment: This is a very useful and valuable addition to the literature regarding the dispensing process. It should prove to be of great value to both dispensing audiologists and graduate audiology students in shaping, updating, and augmenting their approaches to selecting and verifying hearing aid fittings.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783131258014
  • Publisher: Thieme Medical Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 422

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 Overview and Rationale for Prescriptive Formulas for Linear and Nonlinear Hearing Aids 1
2 Selection, Verification, and Validation of Maximum Output 23
3 Real-Ear Measures 66
4 Paired Comparisons as a Fine-Tuning Tool in Hearing Aid Fittings 125
5 Assessing Hearing Aid Fittings: An Outcome Measures Battery Approach 151
6 Fitting Strategies for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss 176
7 Fitting Strategies for Patients with Symmetrical Hearing Loss 202
8 Fitting Binaural Amplification to Asymmetrical Hearing Loss 221
9 Fitting Strategies for Patients with Unilateral Hearing Loss 253
10 Fitting Strategies for Patients with Conductive or Mixed Hearing Loss 272
11 Middle Ear Implants: An Alternative to Conventional Amplification 287
12 Hearing Rehabilitation for Individuals with Severe and Profound Hearing Impairment: Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants, and Counseling 311
13 Hearing Aid Orientation and Counseling 345
14 Hearing Aid Related Infection Control 369
Index 384
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