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HIV/AIDS Related Communication, Hearing, and Swallowing Disorders

De Wet Swanepoel, Brenda Louw
456 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9"
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Disorders in communication, hearing, or swallowing are almost universally associated with HIV/AIDS, making this book an indispensable resource for health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists. It combines the accumulated experience and knowledge of a multidisciplinary group of internationally recognized authors. Information is structured for easy access with concise updates on the current understanding of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders associated with HIV/AIDS and includes clinical strategies for identification, diagnosis, and intervention across all ages. It also incorporates novel chapters on aspects such as HIV/AIDS-associated balance disorders, clinical ethics, psychosocial impact, and infection control, making it the complete reference and clinical resource in the field.

HIV/AIDS-Related Communication, Hearing, and Swallowing Disorders: Interview with De Wet Swanepoel, PhD
Douglas L. Beck, AuD speaks with Dr. Swanpoel co-editing his book, HIV/AIDS-Related Communication, Hearing and Swallowing Disorders.

Read the interview here, or as PDF.
This interview was republished with permission from the American Academy of Audiology. Copyright 2011


  • Caroline Menezes, Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (2010):
    "... Well-organized and has a nice flow. ... The depth and quality of information makes the book an easy guide for both neophytes and the seasoned speech-language pathologists treating communication disorders in the HIV/AIDS patient population."



  • Chapter 1. Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Associated Communication, Hearing, and Swallowing Disorders
    De Wet Swanepoel and Brenda Louw
  • Chapter 2. Pathogenesis of HIV Infection and Disease Progression
    Lynne M.Webber
  • Chapter 3. Diagnosis and Management of HIV/AIDS
    Linda-Gail Bekker
  • Chapter 4. Infection Control for Communication, Hearing, and Swallowing Disorders
    A. U. Bankaitis
  • Chapter 5. Psychosocial Impact of HIV/AIDS in Communication Disorders
    Irma Eloff
  • Chapter 6. Ethical Challenges in HIV Research and Clinical Care
    Ann Bartley Williams


  • Chapter 7. Communication Disorders in Children with HIV/AIDS
    Thomas L. Layton and Jianping (Grace) Hao
  • Chapter 8. Communication Disorders in Adults with HIV/AIDS
    Lemmietta McNeilly


  • Chapter 9. External and Middle Ear Disorders Associated with HIV/AIDS
    Ivan Dieb Miziara, Ali Mahmoud, Raimar Weber, Fernanda Alves Sanjar, and Bárbara Elvina Ulisses Parente Queiroz
  • Chapter 10. Sensory and Neural Auditory Disorders Associated with HIV/AIDS
    Natalie Stearn and De Wet Swanepoel
  • Chapter 11. Balance Disorders Associated with HIV/AIDS
    Louis Hofmeyr and Malcolm Baker


  • Chapter 12. Dysphagia and Related Assessment and Management in Children with HIV/AIDS
    Hilda Pressman
  • Chapter 13. Dysphagia and Related Assessment and Management in Adults with HIV/AIDS
    Alexandra M. Stipinovich


About The Authors

De Wet Swanepoel

De Wet Swanepoel, PhD, is an Associate Professor and clinical research audiologist at the Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. His research and clinical interests are in the field of early identification and diagnosis of infants with hearing loss, including electro-physiologic and electro–acoustic assessment procedures. Dr. Swanepoel also has an interest in auditory functioning in special populations such as persons infected with HIV/AIDS. He has received several awards and research grants for his work in these areas from institutions like the Medical Research Council and National Advisory Council on Innovation. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and regularly presents at international conferences. He is also a regional editor for the International Journal of Audiology and reviews for several international journals.

Brenda Louw

Dr. Brenda Louw is a professor in Speech-Language Pathology and Head of the Department Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is also the Director of the Centre for Early Intervention in Communication Pathology. She is a National Research Foundation rated researcher with extensive editorial experience and specialist areas of expertise spanning Early Intervention, Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders, Children with HIV/AIDS and Research Ethics. She has published widely and regularly presents at international conferences on these topics. She is also actively involved in projects to promote Cleft Care in Africa.