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ERIC Number: ED509253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 114
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
Demystifying Hearing Assistance Technology: A Guide for Service Providers and Consumers
Davis, Cheryl D.; Atcherson, Samuel R.; Johnson, Marni L.
The materials in this manual were developed in response to service providers' and employers' requests for assistance in evaluating the access needs of individuals who are hard of hearing. This manual is divided into three parts: audiological considerations in the management of hearing loss, hearing assistance technology, and resources. Part I provides the groundwork for service providers about the auditory system and hearing loss, the role of hearing healthcare professionals, best practices, and hearing aids and implantable auditory devices. There is also a sample audiological report. Part II focuses on how to extend one's hearing ability (aided or not) through hearing assistance technology. The first section explores communication access in terms of what information the individual with hearing loss may receive auditorily, and how characteristics of the environment will impact the individual's ability to function. Next, the various types of communication access options are described: assistive listening devices, speech-to-text services, alerting devices, and telecommunications options. Finally, information for the service provider about determining the appropriateness of a service is offered. Part III contains references and resources and is an extensive list of information provided to assist readers who may need more in-depth information in a specific topic area. (Contains 25 figures, 2 tables and 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: PEPNet-West