Modern Hearing Aids: Verification, Outcome Measures, and Follow-Up focuses on the selection and fitting of hearing aids and the outcome procedures and measures that follow. The world-renowned authors provide guidance for selecting prescriptive fitting approaches and detailed protocols for the use of behavioral measures and real-ear speech mapping to both verify the fitting and assess special hearing aid features. Extensive discussion is included regarding the techniques, procedures, and test protocols for probe-microphone measures. The authors have included numerous postfitting tests that can be conducted along with step-by-step protocols for their administration and scoring. Follow-up care and auditory training options also are reviewed.
Written in an accessible and easy-to-read style, this text includes not only reference information, but also tools supported by research and clinical experience. The information is presented in a way that is both accessible to clinical students with little experience in the field and with enough depth for even the serious hearing aid researcher.
Key features include
- Brief paragraphs identified as "Technical Tips," "Key Concepts," "Things to Remember," "Points to Ponder," and "Soapbox" for quick reference
- "Endnotes" at the back of the book--interesting tidbits of information not quite relevant enough to include in the chapters, but too good to toss aside
- Humor infused throughout
Chapter 1. Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 2. Electroacoustic (and Other) Quality Control Techniques
Chapter 3. Corrections, Conversions, and Calculations
Chapter 4. Prescriptive Formulas and Programming
Chapter 5. Behavioral Assessment During Clinical Fittings
Chapter 6. Probe-Microphone Measures: Rationale and Procedures
Chapter 7. Probe Microphone Clinical Uses
Chapter 8. Hearing Aid Orientation and Troubleshooting
Chapter 9. Auditory Rehabilitation
Chapter 10. Validation: Self-Report Outcomes
About The Authors
Ruth Bentler, PhD is professor and chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder at the University of Iowa. A native Iowan, Dr. Bentler did not stray far from her roots, as her 40-year professional career has been at the University of Iowa, where she also obtained her professional degrees.
H. Gustav Mueller, PhD, is a Professor of Audiology at Vanderbilt University and holds faculty positions with the University of Northern Colorado and Rush University. He is the senior audiology consultant for the Sivantos Hearing Group and contributing editor for AudiologyOnline.
Todd A. Ricketts, PhD is a professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vice Chair of graduate studies in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, and the director of the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology.
239 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9"