Are You Ready to be a Clinician in the New Millennium? The human genome—the blueprint for human beings—nears completion. We are beginning to understand how genetic factors, alone and in combination with environmental factors, cause congenital and late-onset hearing loss. A firm foundation in the genetics of hearing loss is now an essential component of audiologists' and speech-language pathologists' preparation ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Are You Ready to be a Clinician in the New Millennium?
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  • Jill L. Elfenbein
    Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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Article   |   October 01, 2000
Are You Ready to be a Clinician in the New Millennium?
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2000, Vol. 8, 6-8. doi:10.1044/arii8.1.6
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2000, Vol. 8, 6-8. doi:10.1044/arii8.1.6
The human genome—the blueprint for human beings—nears completion. We are beginning to understand how genetic factors, alone and in combination with environmental factors, cause congenital and late-onset hearing loss.
A firm foundation in the genetics of hearing loss is now an essential component of audiologists' and speech-language pathologists' preparation to practice. However, many of us completed graduate programs in which no more than a few class lectures were devoted to either basic genetics or genetics of hearing loss. In all likelihood, the information in those lectures now represents just a small percentage of the material to be mastered. Tutorials (e.g., Halpin, 1996), texts (e.g., Berlin & Keats, 2000) and grand rounds presentations (e.g., McGuirt & Smith, 1999) are available. A little late night reading is an excellent way to begin to fill the void.
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