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From The CriticsReviewer: Ahmad Alexander, BS (Louisiana Tech University)
Description: This is a must-have resource on hearing loss in children not only for parents, but also for professionals. It covers some of the most unique situations in audiology as they relate to hearing and child development. It also serves as a guide from the point of identification and assessment to advocating for a child with hearing loss.
Purpose: "The purpose is to make the process of learning to live with a hearing loss and using hearing aids and/or cochlear implants easier for the child, the parents of the child, and all individuals involved in the child's development. "
Audience: Written primarily for parents who might suspect their child has a hearing loss, the book is designed to provide them the necessary information that is both practical and easily comprehended. Although written for parents, the book would serve as reference for professionals and others involved in the hearing development of a child with hearing loss.
Features: The book covers the basics of signs and symptoms of a hearing loss to daily life with a hearing loss. It also covers a wide range of important topics such as unilateral hearing losses to realistic expectations of hearing aids, FM systems, and cochlear implants. As a guide for parents, the book goes into great detail about the entire process, from identification to treatment and advocacy. Furthermore, it explains the process of hearing and does a great job of describing and explaining the audiogram. It puts forth a realistic view of what parents of a child growing up with a hearing loss should know and come to expect and understand. The glossary is a good section for helping parents to understand the basics of audiology and the hearing profession. The resources section serves as a tool for both parents and professionals, but it particularly gives parents an option to do more research and enhance their understanding of hearing and hearing loss. The only shortcoming is that the illustrations, although they are great representations, could have been a little more colorful. Parents would have a better understanding of how devices work and their connectivity had the illustrations been more colorful (and more representative of real-life situations).
Assessment: This is a useful book for both parents and audiologists, as well as other professionals involved in the management and hearing development of a child with hearing loss. It serves to increase the knowledge of both parents and professionals in various areas related to hearing.