Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Learn about Aural Rehabilitation and Hearing Healthcare

Coming soon: Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation: Children, Adults, and Their Family Members (5th Ed)
Publisher:  Plural Publishing
When: December, 2018
Pre-order: 20% off discount with free shipping if they use promotion code online: PLURAL20
Key Features (from the publsher):
The best-selling textbook, Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation: Adults, Children, and their Families, Fifth Edition, introduces the fundamentals of audiologic rehabilitation and hearing-related speech-language pathology in an easy-to-read, concise resource for the field of communication sciences and disorders. The text offers concrete coverage of theory, clinical practice, and research-based approaches for identifying, diagnosing, and treating hearing and communication-based disorders.
  • Text is written by a nationally and internationally recognized expert in aural rehabilitation, who is an active researcher in the areas of auditory training, speechreading, and communication strategies, and who writes in an engaging and clear style
  • Chapters begin with Chapter Outlines and end with Key Chapter Points and Terms and Concepts to Remember
  • Numerous case studies, sidebars, and boxes
  • Bolded key terms in text with definitions in margins, and a comprehensive end-of-book glossary
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website with supplementary resources for instructors and students, including case studies, supplemental learning activities and teaching tips for each chapter, and exam review sheets.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Why hearing healthcare matters

Ears Train the Brain: clEAR Auditory Brain Training
Hot off the press (Wei et al., 2017), this meta-analysis of cohort studies suggests that the link between hearing loss and age-related cognitive decline is not due to a shared, common neurodegenerative process.  Because hearing loss typically precedes cognitive decline, the authors suggest the following  ways that a decline in hearing ability might cause a decline in cognition:

·      1.   “Auditory deprivation may cause decreased socialization and increased depression, as well as a decline in cognitive function, which can result in mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
·        2.  Hearing impairment [may] cause cognitive resources to be diverted from memory function into auditory processing, which creates an excessive cognitive load on higher cortical functions, leading to cognitive decline.
·         3. Hearing impairment may modify the auditory pathway and the brain.” (pg. 449)

·         The use of amplification and follow-up clEAR auditory brain training may be critical elements in staving off cognitive decline. Now more than ever, older adults need to be counselled about the importance of hearing healthcare.
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clEAR auditory brain training is now even more accessible to people with hearing loss!

Read about the new model in The Hearing Review!