Jerry Cranford, PhD, is currently Professor of Audiology and Hearing Science in the Department of Communication Disorders at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Cranford did his undergraduate training, majoring in Psychology, at Wichita State University. In 1969, he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Experiment Psychology from Vanderbilt University. During the fourth year of his training at Vanderbilt, he took a neuroanatomy course in the Vanderbilt medical school and became totally hooked on brain sciences. This triggered an intense 5- year long postdoctoral training experience which included two years as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neurosciences at Duke University followed by an additional three years of training at the Center for Neural Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. At age 40, Dr. Cranford underwent a "midlife crises" and went back to school at the LSUHSC in New Orleans to obtain training and clinical certification in Clinical Audiology. From 1985 to the present, Dr. Cranford has been on the faculty of speech and hearing programs (first at Wichita State, then East Carolina University, and now back at the LSUHSC in New Orleans). Prior to 1985, Dr. Cranford's primary duties involved training ENT residents and performing NIH funded animal model studies on central auditory nervous system function. Following 1985, he switched to studying electrophysiological and behavioral effects of central auditory disorders in human patients and training clinical graduate students in speech and hearing.
The book includes all the necessary audiological principles needed for any SLP student to become competent in test assessment and the diagnosis of hearing disorders. Mastery of this text will enable the future clinician practice in a wider patient base.
In addition to being useful in undergraduate training programs as a primary or supplementary text, the book will also be valuable for SLPs who have been in the trenches for a number of years and feel they need to have their knowledge of audiology refreshed or updated. Because the author has focused on using nontechnical or laymans terminology in explaining the various scientific and clinical concepts/principles in this field, he also believes that parents, relatives, or significant others of hearing impaired patients will also find this book useful for understanding the problems experienced by their loved ones.
The first section of the book provides a conceptual and theoretical framework for the use of autoethnographic narratives, and synthesizes knowledge from narrative-based work that is relevant to clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Included are a series of autoethnographic narratives that describe important turning points in the author's own development as a clinician. By assuming that her own development as a clinician is typical, the author provides examples that can be discussed and reflected on so that professional growth can be fostered. The book concludes with a practical section on the use of narratives in clinical training, clinical practice, and professional development.
This book will be of value in professional issues courses for graduate students in speech-language pathology or related disciplines and because of its relatively new introduction to the field, it will also be of value to the experienced clinician for professional development.
The introduction to the text describes the importance of communication skills to audiologic practice. This section highlights important aspects of communicating in a clinical setting, including forces affecting reporting guidelines, privacy considerations, and the use of electronic medical records. The next section provides readers with fundamental principles that provide a framework for critically thinking about communication. These universal principles can be applied as a model to all areas of clinical communication. The text then leads the readers through application of these principles in the two most common methods of clinical communication: talking and writing. These skills are discussed specifically in relation to clinical audiologic practice, in the realms of both diagnostic and audiologic intervention paradigms. Examples reflective of real-world encounters are provided. The text also provides abundant examples of audiologic reports that can be utilized as templates in audiologic practice.
This text also describes how rapid advances in technology, including the Internet as well as new visual and auditory technologies, have not only created opportunities for Deaf people to influence how technology can be used, but additionally has become a powerful force in influencing the behavior of Deaf individuals within diverse national and international societies. This has created opportunities for incorporating diversity and international perspectives into Deaf culture. Within each chapter are multiple vignettes, examples, pictures, and stories to enhance content interest for readers and facilitate instructor teaching. Theories are introduced and explained in a practical and reader-friendly manner to ensure understanding, and clear examples are provided to illustrate concepts.
In addition, students of American Sign Language and Deaf studies will find an introduction to possible opportunities for professional and informal involvement with ASL/Deaf culture children and adults. Deaf Culture fills a unique niche as an introductory text that is accessible and straightforward for those beginning their studies of the Deaf-World.
* Strong focus on including different communities within Deaf culture
* Thought-provoking questions, illustrative vignettes, and examples
* Theories introduced and explained in a practical and reader-friendly manner
* Written by Deaf and hearing authors with extensive teaching experience and immersion in ASL and Deaf culture
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