Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation: Children, Adults, and Their Family Members

Sixth Edition

Nancy Tye-Murray

Details: 567 pages, 2-Color, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-420-0

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Thoroughly updated with three new chapters, Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation: Children, Adults, and Their Family Members, Sixth Edition introduces the fundamentals of audiologic rehabilitation and hearing-related speech-language pathology in an easy-to-read, concise resource for the field of communication sciences and disorders. The text offers creative coverage of theory, clinical practice, and research-based approaches for identifying, diagnosing, and treating hearing-related communication disorders in children and adults. The book includes case studies, and general demographic, medical, and pop-cultural trends are considered in parallel with corresponding developments in aural rehabilitation.

The text is separated into three sections for the most comprehensive coverage of each topic: Part 1 describes the components of an aural rehabilitation plan, Part 2 concerns adults and their family members, and Part 3 concerns children and their parents. Important topics throughout include patient-centered services, counseling, diagnostics, selection and fitting of listening devices, conversational fluency and communication strategies training, auditory training, speechreading, language and speech acquisition, and literacy.

New to the Sixth Edition

  • Reorganization of chapters combine shared themes and streamline learning:
    • Audiological Examination and Listening Devices chapters have been combined into Chapter 2
    • Assessing Conversational Fluency and Communication chapters are now combined into Chapter 6

  • New chapters on:
    • Auditory training for children, with detailed guidance for developing training objectives and activities (Chapter 13)
    • Language development and language therapy (Chapter 14)
    • Speech and literacy acquisition, along with practical examples of lessons (Chapter 15)
  • Inclusion or expansion of special topics, including auditory processing disorder, hidden hearing loss, unilateral hearing loss, and cultural competency
  • Improved and expanded number of figures that illustrate and illuminate key concepts and ideas

Key Features

  • Focus on evidence-based approaches to aural rehabilitation 
  • Written in an engaging and clear style 
  • Chapters begin with Chapter Outlines and end with Key Chapter Points and Terms and Concepts to Remember
  • Case studies in each chapter
  • Numerous illustrations, tables, sidebars, and text boxes enrich the presentation of concepts
  • Bolded key terms throughout with definitions in the margins and a comprehensive glossary make for easy review 
  • Chapter Key Resources and Appendices provide tools that can be used in clinical practice

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

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"This book provides a plethora of information relating to aural rehabilitation. The author has taken a multi-faceted approach, combining firm evidence-based perspectives with an evaluation of the scientific foundations of current clinical practices. This book is mainly aimed at those studying audiology and/or speech and language therapy, newly qualified audiologists and professionals linked with audiology such as Teachers of the Deaf. This book can also be used as a refresher for experienced audiologists. . . .

This book acts as a fantastic source to develop an understanding of aural rehabilitation and provides up-to-date research and information in an easy-to-understand manner. I am delighted to recommend this book to students and experienced audiologists to assist in their current clinical practice."
Feraz Ahmed, Kings Cross Hospital, Dundee, UK, in ENT & Audiology News (July 2023)


Chapter 1: Introduction
The World Health Organization (WHO) And Hearing-Related Disability

Services Included in the Aural Rehabilitation Plan

Where Does Aural Rehabilitation Occur?

Who Provides Aural Rehabilitation?

Hearing Loss

Service Needs

Culture and Cultural Competence

Evidence-Based Practice

Case Study: Applying the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and


Case Study: Evidence-Based Practice Decision Making

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Appendix 1–1

Appendix 1–2

Appendix 1–3


Part I The Components of an Aural Rehabilitation Plan

Chapter 2: Diagnostics and Listening Devices
Hearing Testing and the Audiogram

Speech Recognition Testing and Speech Audiometry

Listening Devices

Hearing Aids


Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplification Products

Cochlear Implants

Hearing Assistive Technology Systems And Assistive Listening Devices

Case Study: Listen to the Music

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember
Key Resources

Chapter 3: Auditory-Only Speech Perception and Auditory Training
Listening to Speech With a Hearing Loss

Goals of Auditory Training and Candidacy

Historical Notes

Brain Plasticity and Auditory Training

Theoretical Underpinnings for Auditory Training

Auditory Training to Improve Speech Recognition

Auditory Training to Improve Music Perception

Benefits of Auditory Training

Case Study: Learning to Hear Again

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Chapter 4: Audiovisual Speech Perception and Speechreading Training
Speechreading for Communication

Characteristics of a Good Lipreader

What Happens When Someone Lipreads?

The Difficulty of the Lipreading Task

What Happens When Someone Speechreads?

Factors That Affect the Speechreading Process

Assessing Vision-Only and Audiovisual Speech Recognition

Speechreading Training

Benefits of Speechreading Training

Oral Interpreters

Case Study: An Exceptional Lipreader

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Chapter 5: Communication Strategies and Conversational Styles

Facilitative Communication Strategies

Repair Strategies

Stages of Communication Breakdown

Research Related to Repair Strategy Usage and Communication Breakdowns

Conversational Styles and Behaviors

Case Study: A Couple Conversing

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Chapter 6: Communication Strategies Training and Digital Therapeutics
Conversational Fluency
Issues to Consider When Developing an In-person Training Program
Getting Started 
Model for Training
An Example of the Communication Training Model in Practice: Acknowledgement Tactics 
Program Evaluation 
Short-Term Training
Communication Strategies Training for Frequent Communication Partners
Digital Therapeutics
Benefits of Training
Case Study: A Digital Chat
Final Remarks
Key Chapter Points
Terms and Concepts to Remember
Key Resources

Chapter 7: Counseling, Psychosocial Support, and Assertiveness Training
The Patient’s Story and Narrative Therapy
Psychosocial Support 
Assertiveness Training 
Related Research
Case Study: Solving Challenging Situations
Final Remarks
Key Chapter Points
Terms and Concepts to Remember
Key Resources
Appendix 7–1

Part II Aural Rehabilitation for Adults

Chapter 8: Aural Rehabilitation for Adults
Prevalence of Hearing Loss Among Adults

Who Is This Person?

Where Is the Patient in the Journey?

A Patient-Centered Approach

The Aural Rehabilitation Plan

Tinnitus Intervention

Case Study: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Key Resources

Appendix 8–1

Chapter 9: Older Adults
Overview of the Population

An Aural Rehabilitation Blueprint

Activity Limitations and Participation Restrictions

Audiological Status and Otologic Health

Life-Situation Factors

Health Variables

The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Aural Rehabilitation Intervention

Other Services

The Frequent Communication Partner’s Journey

Aural Rehabilitation in the Institutional Setting

Case Study: Staying Active

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Key Resources


PART III Aural Rehabilitation for Children

Chapter 10: Detection and Confirmation of Hearing Loss in Children

Detection of Hearing Loss

Confirmation of Hearing Loss

Health Care Follow-Up

Parent Counseling

Case Study: A Memorable Journey

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Key Resources

Appendix 10–1

Appendix 10–2

Chapter 11: Infants and Toddlers
Legislation Concerning Children Who Have Hearing Loss 
The Individualized Family Service Plan
Communication Mode
Listening Device
Early-Intervention Programs
Parental Support
Case Study: A Mother’s Journey
Final Remarks
Key Chapter Points
Terms and Concepts to Remember
Key Resources 
Appendix 11–1
Appendix 11–

Chapter 12: School-Age Children
The Transition from Early Intervention Services to Elementary School

Creation of an Individual(ized) Education Plan

The Multidisciplinary Team

School and Classroom Placement

Amplification and Assistive Listening Devices

Classroom Acoustics

Other Services

Children Who Have Mild or Moderate Hearing Loss

Children Who Have Auditory Processing Disorder

Children Who Have Unilateral Hearing Loss

Case Study: IDEA(s) for All Children

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Key Resources

Appendix 12–1

Chapter 13: Auditory Training for Children
Four Design Principles

Developing Analytic Training Objectives

Developing Synthetic Training Objectives

Formal and Informal Auditory Training

Interweaving Auditory Training With Other Components of Aural Rehabilitation

Example Programs

Case Study: Listening With a New Cochlear Implant

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Appendix 13-1

Appendix 13-2

Chapter 14: Language




Language Evaluation

Approaches for Teaching Language

Language Instruction

Case Study: Vocabulary Gains Following a Speech Perception Training Program With 
Structured Input
Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Chapter 15: Speech and Literacy
Speech Characteristics

Assessing Speech Skills

Speech Therapy

Literacy Characteristics

Literacy Evaluation

Literacy Instruction

Case Study: Writing Samples from 10- and 11-Year-Old Children

Final Remarks

Key Chapter Points

Terms and Concepts to Remember

Key Resources

Appendix 15-1




Nancy Tye-Murray

Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD, is a Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is Principal Investigator of grants from the National Institutes of Health, which provide support for her research in audiovisual speech perception and auditory training. She is also the CEO of an Internet-based hearing health company, Amptify (, which provides a hearing health care digital therapeutic and other services that audiologists can use to provide aural rehabilitation to their patients. Dr. Tye-Murray is the past president of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, former Hearing Editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, and former Director of Research at the Central Institute for the Deaf.

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