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.
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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