What Did You Say?: An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss, Second Edition

What Did You Say?: An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss, Second Edition

by Monique E. Hammond


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What Did You Say?: An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss, Second Edition by Monique E. Hammond

What Did You Say? is the book author Monique Hammond wishes she had when she was coping with and trying to understand her own sudden hearing loss. Weaving together her story with a wealth of information—causes of and types of hearing loss, audiology tests, hearing instruments and listening devices, support groups and organizations, resources and checklists, to name a few— Hammond’s wisdom and insight is invaluable, and her story is one that needs to be shared.

This newly revised second edition provides its readers with:
• Noise-induced hearing loss research news
• Expanded Assistive Listening Device (ALD) and Hearing Loop information
• Aural Rehabilitation for hearing aid and implant clients
• News on implantable hearing devices (including cochlear, bone-conduction and others)
• Over 50 new diagrams, pictures, charts and graphs

What Did You Say? provides readers with the information to understand their conditions, be involved with their care, persevere, and become their own patient advocates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634138284
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 My Story

1 The Day Life Changed Forever 1

2 My Last Days as a Fully Hearing Person 5

3 D-Day and Beyond 9

4 In Search of Medical Help 13

5 Interviews with the Specialists 17

6 The Hospital Stay 23

7 Going Home 29

8 New Realities 33

9 Moving On 37

Part 2 A Journey of Discovery

10 Steep Learning Curve 41

11 Road Map for the Journey - How the Ear Works 43

12 Audiology and Hearing Tests 55

13 The Elements of an Audiogram 69

14 Quantifying a Hearing Loss 79

15 The Many Causes of Hearing Loss 85

16 Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) 95

17 Ototoxic Substances 109

18 The MRI 119

19 Tumors 123

20 Equilibrium and Balance: Ears, Eyes, and Body Sensors 125

21 Regaining Balance 133

22 Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) 139

23 Ménière's Disease 145

Part 3 When Hearing Loss is Only the Beginning

24 Tinnitus 157

25 Tinnitus Types and the Importance of a Medical Evaluation 161

26 Tinnitus Management Basics 171

27 Professional Tinnitus Management: Products, Treatments, Medications 185

28 Excessive Noise Sensitivity: Recruitment and Hyperacusis 211

Part 4 Hearing Instrument Basics: Styles, Technology, Sales

29 Authorized to Buy a Hearing Aid and My First Hearing Aid Class 223

30 Hearing Aid Types and Styles 233

31 Hearing Instrument Technology 243

32 Buying a Hearing Aid: Practitioners and Regulations 255

33 Buying a Hearing Aid: Balancing Trust and Caution 261

Part 5 Assistive Listening Devices; ASL; Speech Reading

34 Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) and Applications 271

35 American Sign Language (ASL) and Speech Reading 287

Part 6 Surgical Implants

36 Hearing Device Implants 293

37 Middle Ear Implants (MEIs) 295

38 Cochlear Implant (CI) 297

39 Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) 307

Part 7 Feelings and Emotions, Support Groups, and Organizations

40 Feelings and Emotions 315

41 Communication Challenges 323

42 Gateways to the World of Hearing Loss: Associations, Organizations, Support Group 329

43 Future Outlook: Focus on Education and Prevention 333



1 Preparing for a Primary Care Physician Appointment Regarding Hearing Loss 340

2 Preparing for Hearing Tests 342

3 Preparing for an Ear Specialist Appointment 343

4 Selecting a Hearing Aid Vendor 344

5 Buying a Hearing Aid 346

6 Buying a Hearing Aid: The T-coil 348

7 Preparing for a Doctor Appointment Regarding Tinnitus 349

8 Preparing for an Audiologist Appointment Regarding Tinnitus Treatment 351

9 Selected Information Websites (in alphabetical order) 352

References Arranged by Chapter 353

Glossary and Index 385

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