Understanding childhood hearing loss Whole family approaches to living and thriving

Brian J. Fligor, 1974-

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Series
Whole family approaches to childhood illness and disorders.
Subjects
Published
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield [2015]
Language
English
Physical Description
vii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-187) and index.
ISBN
9781442226661
1442226668
Main Author
Brian J. Fligor, 1974- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Almost 16,000 babies are born with hearing loss in the U.S. each year. Childhood hearing loss is a life-altering occurrence for a child and his or her parents. In this educational and empathic guidebook, pediatric audiologist Fligor stresses that the aim of testing and intervention is "breaking down the barriers to normal development" and "to give the child with hearing loss access to language." Chapters cover the various causes of childhood hearing loss, different kinds of tests, diagnosis, treatment options, devices (hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing system), and the effects of decreased hearing on a child's everyday life. Social and emotional isolation are not uncommon. School-age children and teens with hearing loss have a higher risk of being picked on or bullied. Treatment for hearing loss should optimally begin before age six months. Managing hearing loss in children should be family centered and requires teamwork (child, parents, pediatrician, speech-language pathologist, teachers, audiologist, and otolaryngologist). Fligor emphasizes that "hearing loss is only a characteristic of your child, and not the single thing that defines him." Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Choice Reviews

This book provides an excellent description of childhood hearing loss.  Fligor (audiologist, Lantos Technologies) thoroughly and successfully covers a wide range of essential information that parents need in order to make educated decisions about their child's treatment.  He discusses topics such as the challenges of gaining insurance coverage for hearing aids, the pros and cons of various treatments, and the importance of early intervention for ideal speech and language development.  He also addresses the challenges that both the children and their parents encounter when dealing with hearing loss.  Though the author introduces some of his topics as being more technical or difficult, he consistently describes conditions and treatments in easy-to-understand language.  His use of visual aids to illustrate hearing loss at different levels is very effective.  In addition, Fligor excels at conveying and encouraging empathy for children with hearing loss as well as for their parents.  This book is essential not only for parents but also for students, educators, clinicians, and anyone else who works regularly with children with hearing loss. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. Copyright 2016 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

This book offers parents and caregivers a guide to what to expect when a child has a hearing loss, how to treat it and how to support both the child and the whole family when faced with hearing loss.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Permanent hearing loss in children is far more common than most people know, affecting thousands of newborns and older children each year. This book offers parents and caregivers a guide to what to expect when a child has a hearing loss, how to treat it, and how to support both the child and the whole family when faced with hearing loss.