About The Book

Hearing aid technology changes at a rapid pace. For speech-language pathologists who work with individuals using hearing instruments, keeping up with the new technology can be challenging, and sometimes even intimidating.  Hearing Aids for Speech-Language Pathologists is designed to remove the mystery and the confusing high-tech terms of the many hearing aid algorithms and features, by simply laying out the need-to-know aspects in an organized, easy to read and understand manner.

The core of this text focuses on how modern hearing aids work, and the tests associated with the fitting of these instruments. Attention is given to both the school age and adult hearing aid user.  Recent developments such as situation detection, rechargeability and wireless connectivity are reviewed in detail, as well as the popular use of smartphone apps to allow the user to control the processing.  Amplification is not just hearing aids, and therefore chapters also have been dedicated to implantable amplification strategies, FM and Bluetooth solutions.

Hearing aid fitting cannot be studied in isolation, but rather, how it fits into the complete treatment of the patient with hearing loss, including the audiologic rehabilitative process.  For this reason, the beginning chapters of the book are devoted to a review of the basics of the modern audiologic evaluation and the associated auditory pathologies.  Readers will also find portions of the book that address hearing screening in the schools, rehabilitative techniques and auditory training.

Practicing speech-language pathologists and graduate students will find that this text provides the latest in concise and practical information in the areas of hearing aids and rehabilitative audiology.  Hearing Aids for Speech-Language Pathologists is authored by two of the industry’s leading authorities on adult amplification, who have carefully crafted a text that provides speech-language pathologists with the essential information to work comfortably with hearing instruments and their accessories for individuals of all ages.

About The Authors

H. Gustav Mueller, PhD, is a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University and has faculty appointments at the University of Northern Colorado and Raush University. He also serves as the senior contributing editor for AudiologyOnline and consulting editor for Plural Publishing. He is a founder of the American Academy of Audiology and a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Dr. Mueller has co-authored numerous books, including the recent Plural publications: Essentials of Modern Hearing Aids, Speech Mapping and Probe Microphone Measurements, and Modern Hearing Aids (Volumes I and II). Dr. Mueller is the co-founder of the popular website http://www.earTunes.com and he resides on a North Dakota island, just outside of Bismarck.

Lindsey Jorgensen, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of South Dakota, where she teaches, conducts research, and provides clinical services in the area of hearing aids and hearing assistive technology.   She also has a clinical and research appointment at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.  Dr Jorgensen obtained her BS at the University of Washington, then moved to the University of Pittsburgh where she completed her AuD and PhD.  She currently is on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Audiology and the Editorial Board of Seminars in Hearing. Lindsey usually is juggling, some days more successfully than others, her audiologic activities with raising her two children, Gunnar and Teagan with her husband, Kyle.

Table oF Contents


Chapter 1. Provision of Hearing Aids: Who, What, and Where

Chapter 2. The Routine Audiologic Evaluation: A Review

Chapter 3. Common Causes of Hearing Loss

Chapter 4. Hearing Aid Styles and Fitting Applications

Chapter 5. Hearing Aids: How They Work!

Chapter 6. The Hearing Aid Fitting A to Z

Chapter 7. Implantable Amplification Devices

Chapter 8. Hearing Assistive Technologies and Classroom Considerations

Chapter 9. Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, and Children

Chapter 10. Rehabilitation

Appendix A. AAA Scope of Practice

Appendix B. ASHA Scope of Practice

Appendix C. AAA Code of Ethics

Appendix D. SII 2010 Revision of the 1990 Mueller and Killion Count-the-Dots Audiogram

Appendix E. Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB)

Appendix F. Expected Consequences of Hearing Aid Ownership (ECHO)

Appendix G. ASHA Guidelines for Childhood Hearing Screening

Appendix H. Self-Advocacy Competency Skills Checklist





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