The first part of this guide covers the routine and special tests audiologists must conduct and interpret in their practices. Next, disorders such as nonorganic hearing loss, middle and inner ear disorders, and systemic disorders are covered with a separate chapter set aside for audiogram examples. The final chapter is devoted to medical referral decision-making criteria.
Updates to the new edition include:New chapters on the measurement of outcomes resulting from intervention, preventable hearing loss, implementation of newborn hearing screening programs, and the future of implantable devices, among othersReorganization for improved sequencing of content areaSubstantially updated chapters
The Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology, Second Edition is intended for use in doctoral-level education programs in audiology or hearing science, as well as to serve as an in-depth reference source for practicing audiologists and other professionals, educators, scientists, and policy makers seeking current and definitive information on evidence-based pediatric audiology practice.
Each chapter in this second edition has been updated to reflect current standards of practice. Additional updates include:Two new chapters on physiologic measurements, including otoacoustic emissions, as well as common challenges and pitfalls of the new clinicianEnhanced information on audiogram interpretation and auditory pathologyMore detailed information on acoustic reflexesEnhanced information on reportingFurther delineation and clarification of masking conceptsAccess to companion website with audiograms for interpretation and videos of common procedures
The Learning Manual consists of various components designed to engage students through active learning. Learning Outcomes provide students with clear goals for knowledge and skill-building and provide a foundation for students to evaluate their progress toward clinical competence outcomes. Review of Concepts provides a concise examination of the theoretical knowledge necessary for performance of clinical activities. Observation challenges students to witness the behavior of clinical instructors or practicing professionals in the act of clinical practice. Guided Practice leads the student through exercises designed to provide firsthand experience with performing clinical activities. Reflection and Review provides students with opportunities to incorporate newfound understanding gained through Observation and Guided Practice into their theoretical and conceptual knowledge base through answering reflective and review questions.
Chapters can be taught in a serial fashion, following the sequence of a typical audiologic evaluation. Alternatively, the order of activities can be tailored to suit a particular instructional curriculum, or as individual topics coalesced with immediate goals.
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.
New topics covered in the second edition:preservation of residual hearing following cochlear implant surgeryprogramming cochlear implants for patients with substantial residual hearing in the low-frequency range, including electrode array optionscochlear implant impedances and the impact of impedance on programming and managementsignal coding strategies and signal processingtheoretical concepts that may influence cochlear implant programming