I've been a subscriber to all editions of this book and as a rehabilitative audiologist, therapist and professor, there isn't another book on the market that has helped my patients more than this one. The latest Third Edition (2009) embraces 2012 state-of-the-art hearing aid technology expertly prepared for the lay consumer. I hold monthly aural rehabilitation classes of 20-40 adult veterans with mild to severe hearing loss and all of them have been given a complimentary copy of one of the editions of this book. Their gratitude ranges from "invaluable" to "indispensable" because of the breadth of information/knowledge available in Dr. Carmen's book. Chapters are written by different authors, recognized experts in their field, covering different aspects of the many problems caused by hearing loss. Equally and often more grateful are the spouses and children!
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone even considering a hearing aid--it's the homework that should precede such an investment. It is also a great way for those in denial to overcome resistance and increase hearing aid satisfaction once the decision to obtain amplification has been made. Based on my conversations with some of the contributors, the remarkable sales record speaks for itself.
Dion Svihovec, Ph.D., Audiologist / Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Los Angeles County; West Los Angeles Clinic; Downtown Los Angeles Clinic; San Fernando Valley / Sepulveda Clinic