For hearing health care and related professionals, educators, and individuals with hearing loss and their families, Hearing Assistive and Access Technology provides both fundamental and current information on a variety of technologies for individuals with hearing loss. Some of these technologies help enhance access to sound such as frequency-modulated systems, induction loop systems, infrared systems, and various short-range wireless device communications. Other technologies help provide auditory and/or visual access to spoken language such as text interpreting, automatic speech recognition, captioned phones, and videophones. There are also a variety of alerting and signaling devices available that enable access to environmental sounds and improved personal safety.
Many of these technologies can improve an individual's independence and overall quality of life: through smaller device size and improved portability, increased compatibility among technologies, as well as innovations in engineering, wireless, and mobile applications. To fully appreciate the impact of hearing loss and consider assistive and access solutions, Hearing Assistive and Access Technology includes:
- Review of acoustic issues, hearing aids, and implantable devices
- Overview of legal information and needs assessment
- Numerous illustrations and product images
- Case examples
- Glossary of terms
From the Foreword:
"Drs. Atcherson, Franklin, and Smith-Olinde have written a must-read book about assistive and emerging technologies that can vastly increase the ability of consumers with hearing loss to hear more clearly, communicate more effectively, and enhance their quality of life. Although written primarily for hearing health care professionals, consumers, family members, and those who interact with people with hearing loss can greatly benefit from understanding how technology, beyond and in conjunction with hearing aids and implantable devices, can provide greater access to more opportunities...
...The authors effectively highlight the power of harnessing new technology for better hearing, removing impediments, and training hearing health care professionals about the possibilities for consumers with hearing loss, not the limitations."
Anna Gilmore Hall, RN, MS, CAE
Hearing Loss Association of America
Marc Brennan, Amplification and Perception Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, in the International Journal of Audiology (2016):
"This is a first edition book describing hearing assistance and related technology. It is a wonderful text that is suitable for both expert readers and readers with limited expertise in this topic. The authors suggest that the book was written for audiologists, but that it is also relevant to speech-language pathologists, special educators, school-based administrators, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and both parents and people with hearing impairments. I agree with the authors that these groups are appropriate audiences. The book also would be useful in an undergraduate course in auditory rehabilitation or as a supplement to a graduate course in amplification. A particular strength is that the book focuses on the wealth of technological options that are available for individuals with hearing impairment. The book covers this information in a way that is accessible to readers, with clear subsection headings, good illustrations, and pictures that supplement the written material..."
Part I. Fundamental Considerations
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Federal Access Laws for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumers
Chapter 3. Acoustic Issues in a Variety of Listening Environments
Chapter 4. Hearing Aids and Implantable Devices: The Starting Point for Hearing Assistive and Access Technologies
Chapter 5. Needs Assessment
Part II. Technologies for Hearing Enhancement
Chapter 6. Frequency-Modulated (FM) Systems
Chapter 7. Induction and Hearing Loop Systems
Chapter 8. Infrared (IR) Systems
Chapter 9. Contemporary Wireless Hearing Technologies
Part III. Telecommunications and Related Technologies
Chapter 10. Telecommunications Access
Chapter 11. Text-Based Access Technologies
Chapter 12. Alerting Devices and Services
Part IV. Cases and Further Considerations
Chapter 13. Case Studies
Chapter 14. Health Professionals With Hearing Loss
Chapter 15. What's New at the Zoo? Recent Advances in Technology
About The Authors
Samuel R. Atcherson, PhD, is an audiologist and associate professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in a consortium between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has a secondary appointment as an adjunct clinical associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Atcherson has presented more than 130 times on an array of topics related to hearing loss, electrophysiology, hearing assistive technology, and health-literacy issues. He has more than 85 publications, including two books and six book chapters. Dr. Atcherson is familiar with and benefits from hearing assistive and access technologies-he is a bilateral cochlear implant user with previous hearing aid use for more than 30 years. As a health care practitioner with hearing loss, he is past president of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses and a founding leader of the Association of Audiologists with Hearing Loss.
Clifford A. Franklin, PhD, is an audiologist and associate professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in a consortium between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With more than 17 years of experience as an audiologist, his clinical experiences include working in university clinics as well as in a hospital setting. Dr. Franklin's clinical experience has contributed to his interest in hearing aid use. His research is mainly focused on the acceptance of background noise while listening to speech. Dr. Franklin's 42 national and international presentations and 17 publications cover a range of topics from acceptable noise levels to timely trends in hearing aids.
Laura Smith-Olinde, PhD, an audiologist and associate professor, is the director of the Educators' Academy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Before taking this position, Dr. Smith-Olinde taught in audiology and speech pathology programs for 16 years-most recently in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in a consortium between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also served as the coordinator of the Infant Hearing Program for the Arkansas Department of Health for 18 months and obtained grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Health Resources Services Administration for that program. Dr. Smith-Olinde has more than 30 publications and more than 80 presentations on varied topics related to hearing and hearing loss.