Each year, thousands of people struggle with communication disorders that affect hearing, speech and language, voice, balance, smell, taste, or touch. From children with cleft lip and palate to adults afflicted with hearing loss, people of all ages must contend with physical barriers to effective communication. Communication Disorders Sourcebook is comprehensive collection of authoritative information presented in a nontechnical, humanitarian style for patients, their families, and caregivers. This work also appeals to a wide audience of readers, including students, teachers, business people, health-care personnel, social workers, journalists, and others. Deafness is arguably the most widespread communication disorder. Seven sections on deafness and hearing each address a specific concern, including childhood hearing problems, noise-induced hearing loss, Tinnitus, and aging and hearing loss. Individual articles on speech and language disorders are arranged in sections covering adult aphasia, stuttering, spasmodic dysphonia, rehabilitation, and therapy and training.
Articles on voice disorders cover the National Strategic Research Plan for Voice Disorders, voice therapy and training, and speaking after laryngectomy. Among the other sensory disorders covered are balance, dizziness, motion sickness, acoustic neurinoma, Menir's Disease, and smell and taste disorders.