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Hearing impairment is one of the most common sensory disorders and has multiple underlying causes. There are three basic types of hearing impairment: conductive hearing impairment, sensorineural hearing impairment, and mixed hearing impairment. Many conditions can cause hearing impairment, and presbycusis, a form of sensorineural hearing impairment, is the most common. Regardless of the level of impairment or why it happened, hearing impairment can be a significant cause of social difficulties, a decreased quality of life, social isolation, and depression. Some hearing impairments are temporary and curable and some are permanent and irreversible but there are ways of helping a person who has a temporary or permanent hearing impairment to communicate.
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- Anatomy of the Ear
- The Process of Hearing
- Types of Hearing Impairment
- Evaluation and Assessment of Hearing
- Prevention of Hearing Impairment
- Treatment for Hearing Impairment
- Amplification Devices
- Assisting the Hearing Impaired Patient
- Describe the anatomy of the ear and the process of hearing.
- List the common forms of hearing impairment.
- Describe how to work with patients who have a hearing impairment.