Clinical Focus  |   June 2012
Providing Audiological Services to Individuals With Aphasia: Considerations, Preliminary Recommendations, and a Call for Research
 
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  • Correspondence to JoAnn Silkes: jsilkes@uw.edu
  • Editor: Sheila Pratt
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  • Associate Editor: Gabrielle Saunders
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Hearing Disorders / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   June 2012
Providing Audiological Services to Individuals With Aphasia: Considerations, Preliminary Recommendations, and a Call for Research
American Journal of Audiology, June 2012, Vol. 21, 3-12. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/10-0002)
History: Received January 22, 2010 , Revised June 21, 2010 , Accepted January 11, 2012
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2012, Vol. 21, 3-12. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/10-0002)
History: Received January 22, 2010; Revised June 21, 2010; Accepted January 11, 2012

Purpose: The populations most susceptible to hearing loss and to aphasia overlap substantially, creating a high likelihood that audiologists will be called on to assess and treat individuals with aphasia. There is, however, scarce research available to guide best practices for serving this population.

Method: The available relevant literature is reviewed to summarize what is already known, providing basic information about aphasia and its potential impact on audiological diagnostic and intervention processes.

Conclusion: Suggestions for managing aphasia in the clinical audiology setting are provided, and areas of needed research are identified so that services for individuals with aphasia can be optimized.

Acknowledgment
This work was completed, in part, with support from the University of Washington Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Fellowship (NIDRR H133P080008). Thanks to Susan Anderson, Stephanie Chu, Kathleen Faulkner, and Lisa Illich for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this paper.
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