Bopanna B. Ballachanda, PhD, holds a doctoral degree in auditory neurophysiology from the University of Texas-Dallas and is the founder and CEO of Premier Hearing Center which has several audiology clinics in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He has worked as an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Purdue University and an Associate Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ballachanda is also a member of several professional and scientific societies, and has published articles in peer-reviewed and clinical journals. He spearheaded the first cerumen management workshop for audiologists in 1992 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his workshops and lectures on cerumen management. He was a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery task force that developed and published Clinical practice guideline: Cerumen impaction in 2008. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology.
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Currently, there is no similar book available. Although several phonosurgery books have been published, they focus on the in vivo scenario as opposed to the dissection lab, or in vitro scenario. In producing this atlas, the authors stated aim is to formalize the training of common and complex phonosurgical procedures, so as to ultimately improve healthcare delivery to patients suffering from voice disorders.
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.
Throughout the text, the authors address new questions and issues resulting from the rapidly evolving technology. The authors detail the effects of more and younger children receiving cochlear implants entering into school systems and discuss the emerging and increased role of the speech pathologist. The book is the ideal guide and supplies the school professional with tools for providing the best possible direction and options for children with cochlear implants.