About The Book

From a mother whose daughter has hearing loss, and an audiologist with more than thirty years experience with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families, this comprehensive volume offers parents critical information on everything from technical information to practical and emotional support. Among the subjects covered are causes of hearing loss; testing and assessment; technical advances in hearing aids, FM systems, and cochlear implants; the role of specialists including audiologists, otolaryngologists, geneticists, and speech-language pathologists; advocating for your child’s welfare in educational, social, and public environments; and practical solutions to everyday problems. Although aimed primarily at parents, it will also be useful to students and to professionals who work with children who have hearing loss, as it provides a window to the world of hearing loss from a family perspective.

About The Authors

Debby Waldman has a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. Her articles on hearing loss have been published in Parents and Medscape, and she has written for American BabyChatelaineClubMomGlamourMore CanadaPeopleSports IllustratedSports Illustrated for KidsThe Washington Post, and others. She is also the author of two picture books: A Sack Full of Feathers and Clever Rachel. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband and two children.

Jackson Roush, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and Section Head for Audiology at UNC’s Center for the Study of Development and Learning.

Table Of contents

1. In the Beginning
2. What Is a Hearing Loss?
3. Assessment and Intervention
4. Hearing Aids and FM Systems
5. Cochlear Implants
6. The Care and Use of Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
7. Accepting the Incomprehensible
8. Hearing Loss as a Part of Daily Life
9. Advocating for Your Child
10. Helping Your Hard-of-Hearing Child Learn
11. Advice from the Trenches
Afterword

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