This book builds a vivid picture of adult audiologic rehabilitation in the past, present and future. It considers a holistic view of hearing rehabilitation and introduces new research and ideas which I hope will shape hearing services of the future.
This book gives an abundance of new ideas to consider and incorporate into clinical practice – the clinical implications and the counselling examples provide excellent application of theory to practice. I particularly enjoyed Chapter 25 on vocational issues and hope texts like this will encourage a better quality of rehabilitation and support for D/deaf adults in the workplace. Chapter 26 on auditory and cognitive process is a must-read for audiologists – it serves as a good reminder that the audiogram does not tell the full story.
This book would be well suited to postgraduate students and/or experienced audiologists looking to improve and enhance their practice. Early career audiologists would need a hearing aid textbook alongside, to give them the all the information required for a rehabilitation clinical role. A short chapter on hearing aids would have been useful for completeness. There is an American perspective to some chapters (e.g., implant assessment and sections on reimbursement) but this information is easily skipped.
I would recommend this book, not only as a reference book but as a reading book. Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and pick a chapter; it is fascinating! Well worth the money, as it will remain relevant for years to come. I will donate this book to my colleagues at Salford Audiology and hope it prompts many interesting discussions.