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This lesson will explore the following topics:

Hearing loss can have a profound impact on the individual with hearing impairment. Medical, psychological, and vocational aspects of hearing loss will be presented. After completing this lesson, the student should understand the audiological assessments used to diagnose hearing loss and habilitative/rehabilitative management of hearing loss. Olfactory impairments will be briefly discussed.This lesson will also acquaint the student with the various assistive technology devices that are available to individuals with hearing impairments.

Please note: There is no audio selection for this course. Please complete all reading assignments, web field trips, discussion questions, exercise, and quizzes where indicated.

  • Describe the various types of hearing loss
  • Identify the causes of hearing loss
  • Explain the medical, psychological, and vocational aspects of hearing impairment
  • Understand the diagnostic procedures used by audiologists to diagnose hearing problems
  • Describe the habilitative/rehabilitative management of hearing loss for adults and children
  • Identify assistive technology devices for individuals with hearing impairments
  • Understand the different components of hearing aids
  • Describe the various types of implantable hearing devices

Learning Activities

1. There is no audio lecture for this lesson.

2. Readings

3. Review

  • If you have Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (2nd edition)pages 217-230 of Chapter 10: The Role of the Audiologist in Life Care Planning
  • If you have Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition)pages 244-264 of Chapter 10: The Role of the Audiologist in Life Care Planning

Recall from Course 1, that an audiologist is “an independent hearing health care professional who provides comprehensive diagnostic and habilitative/rehabilitative services for all areas of auditory, vestibular, and related disorders” . These sections of chapter 10 review the basic audiologic procedures, comprehensive audiologic assessment, and audiologic rehabilitation.

4. Readings

  • Pages 191-198 and pages 200-203 of Chapter 12: The Role Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Life Care Planning in your Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management book

This portion of chapter 12 discusses normal speech, language, and hearing development. The chapter reviews the basic anatomy and physiology of hearing disorders and the pediatric audiological assessment. Auditory processing disorders and their management are identified.

5. Review

  • If you have Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (2nd edition)pages 234-237 and pages 247-254 of Chapter 10: “The Role of the Audiologist in Life Care Planning”
  • If you have Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition)pages 267-270 and pages 278-285 of Chapter 10: “The Role of the Audiologist in Life Care Planning”

It is important for the life care planner to be familiar with the different types of hearing aids and assistive listening devices available on the market as these devices are essential to the independence of individuals with hearing impairment. In these portions of chapter 10, the authors discuss hearing aid selection and fitting, styles of hearing aids, the types of hearing aids, and special features of hearing aids. The impact of hearing loss on communication, how to communicate with hard-of-hearing people, troubleshooting ideas for hearing aids, and cochlear implants are also addressed.

  • If you have Pediatric Life Care planning and Case Management (2nd Edition), pages 189-273 of Chapter 12: “The Role of Speech-Language Pathology in Life Care Planning”
  • If you have Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management (1st Edition), pages 198-200 and pages 204-212 of Chapter 12: “The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Life Care Planning”

In these sections of chapter 12, Higdon and Vaughan describe hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive listening devices. The authors provide the reader with several suggestions on how to effectively communicate with children with hearing loss. Funding issues related to audiological services and audiology resources are reviewed.

  • If you have Pediatric Life Care planning and Case Management (2nd Edition), page 256 of Chapter 12: Appendix B Resource Directory
  • If you have Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management (1st Edition), pages 253-256 and page 257 of Chapter 12: Appendix 2: Augiological Resources and Appendix 3: Resource Directory

As you have learned throughout your coursework with this certificate program, it is extremely important for life care planners to be aware of the services available to individuals with disabilities. These two appendices provide names, phone numbers, and web resources specific to persons with hearing impairment.

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