The thirteen chapters encompass four sections which broadly follow the categories of the World Health Organization s ICF (2001):
- Section 1 addresses types of hearing disorders, the impairments they cause and also the process of help seeking.
- Section 2 deals with the effects of hearing impairment on communication and psychosocial functioning.
- Section 3 considers the individual in their environment; their family, work, and leisure. Section 4 elaborates on the process of enablement in a non–prescriptive manner.
The authors approach the problems and needs from the standpoint of what the patient/client is seeking. Enablement is seen as a team effort between the professionals, the patient and their family in an ever–changing environment. This entails using any relevant techniques to ensure the well–being of the individual with hearing impairment; that end remains very much their goal.
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The need for this book.
Layout of the book.
The World Health Organization classifications.
Theoretical/management models in the general rehabilitation literature.
Models of Audiological Enablement.
The Goldstein–Stephens model.
The role of Positive Experiences associated with hearing impairment.
Relevant measures in assessing patients needs and the outcomes of interventions.
Development of a preliminary model appropriate to hearing impairment.
2. Seeking help.
Becoming aware of hearing difficulties.
The decision to seek help.
Referral for hearing help.
Ethics/philosophy of adult screening.
3. Types of Hearing impairment and their consequences.
Basic anatomy and physiology and their implications.
Purposes and process of assessment.
Type of hearing impairment and their consequences .
Severity of hearing impairment.
Unilateral/asymmetrical hearing impairment.
Age of onset.
Genetic issues .
4. The influence of other factors on assessment and goals of enablement.
General Aural Symptoms.
Cognitive and intellectual factors.
Ramsdell s classification.
Attitudes of the Deaf.
6. Social and emotional aspects of hearing impairment.
Participation in life.
Psychosocial consequences of Deafness.
7. Hearing impairment in the family.
Impact of hearing impairment on significant others.
Inclusion of significant others in enablement programmes.
Hearing impairment arising from genetic causes or with a familial basis.
Impact of having a family history of hearing impairment.
8. The process of enablement at work.
Impact of hearing impairment on occupational performance.
Impact of work related hearing impairment on significant others.
Vocational Enablement Protocol (VEP).
9. Leisure and the wider social environment.
Solitary versus interactive pastimes.
The role of leisure.
Opportunities for entertainment and leisure .
Recreation and leisure.
Religion and spirituality.
Human rights, political life and citizenship.
10. The process of enablement 1: Evaluation and decision making.
The Evaluation Process.
Integration and decision making.
11. The process of enablement 2: Short–term remediation.
12. Enablement 3: Ongoing remediation and Outcome assessment.
Effectiveness of group programmes.
Appendix – Longitudinal changes in enablement needs of older people with hearing impairment by Louise Hickson.
Sophia E. Kramer, PhD, is Senior Researcher and Psychologist at the Department of E.N.T. / Audiology / EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.