Hearing Loss & Deafness Across the Lifespan

Resources & References

An Online Course:
Hearing Loss Across the Lifespan

Books & Journal Articles

Hearing Loss and Children

  • Dube, W (2011) Study: Abuse Rates Higher Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children Compared with Hearing Youth. University News, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Fellinger, J. Holzinger, D. Sattel, H. , Laucht, M., Goldberg, D. Correlates of mental health disorders among children with hearing impairments. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2009, 51; 635–641.
  • Knutson JF, Johnson CR, Sullivan PM (2004) Disciplinary choices of mothers of deaf children and mothers of normally hearing children. Child Abuse Neglect. Sep;28 (9):925-937.
  • Leigh, I. , Maxwell-McCaw, D. Bat-Chava, Y., Christiansen, J., Correlates of Psychosocial Adjustment in Deaf Adolescents With and Without Cochlear Implants: A Preliminary Investigation, J. Deaf Stud. Deaf Educ. (2009) 14 (2): 244-259.
  • Marschark, M. (1993) The Psychological Development of Deaf Children. Oxford University Press, NY: NY.
  • Meadow-Orlans, K.P. & Steinberg, A.G. (1993). Effects of infant hearing loss and maternal support on mother-infant interactions at 18 months. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 14, 407-426.
  • Sebald, A. M. (2008). Child abuse and deafness: an overview. American Annals of the Deaf, 153(4), 376-83.

Hearing Loss & Older Adults

  • Chartrand, M.S., (2001B, November). Hearing Health Care and Alzheimer’s Disease: The role of hearing healthcare in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The Hearing Review, pp.26-29.
  • Chartrand, M.S., (2005) Undiagnosed pre-existing hearing loss in Alzheimer’s Disease patients. Audiology Online. Retrieved from www.audiologyonline.com.
  • National Council on Aging (1999) The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss in Older Persons. Washington, D.C.
  • Lin FR, Metter EJ, O’Brien RJ, Resnick SM, Zonderman AB, Ferrucci L. (2011). Hearing loss and incident dementia. Arch Neurol. Feb;68 (2):214–220. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Psychotherapy and Deafness

  • APA Practice Organization. Interpreters for the deaf revisited. 2012 Retrieved from http://www.apapracticecentral.org/update/2012/04-26/deaf-interpreters.aspx.
  • Benesess, C. (2016). Treatment of Deaf Clients: Ethical Considerations for Professionals in Psychology. Ethics Behavior 26/7: 562–585.
  • Benesess, C. (2017). Deaf or hard-of-hearing clients require special ethical considerations. The National Psychlogist, Nov./Dec. p. 20.
  • Bouton, K. (2013). Why shouting won’t help me and 50 million other people. New York: Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar.
  • Bradley S. (1991). The signs of silence: Communicating with deaf and hearing-impaired patients. Jems. 8:26–32
  • Cornes A, Napier J. (2005) Challenges of mental health interpreting when working with deaf patients. Australian Psychiatry. 13(4):403–407.
  • Critchfield A. B. (2002). Cultural diversity series: Meeting the mental health needs of persons who are deaf. [Report]. Retrieved from http://www.mh.alabama.gov/downloads/MIDS/ODS_MeetingTheMentalHealthNeedsOfPersonsWhoAreDeaf.pdf.
  • Freeman, A. (1984) Mental Health Treatment and Outcome Evaluation in a Deaf Population. (Ph.D. dissertation)
  • Freeman, A. (2013) The Emotional Aspects of Hearing Loss. Hearing Loss Californian Magazine, Summer, p 8-9.
  • Freeman, A. (2013) What…Me Hard of Hearing? The Silent Epidemic of Hearing Loss. The California Psychologist. Volume 46, No. 6. November/December. pg 12-14.
  • Freeman, A. (2013) Navigating a Successful Relationship: Survival Tips for Hard of Hearing and Hearing Couples. Portland,Oregon. HLA-A workshop.
  • Guthmann, D., Heines, W., & Kolvitz, M. (2019). One Client: Many Provider Roles- Dual Relationships in Counseling Setting. Journal of American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (JADARA),33/3.
  • Guthmann, D., & Sandberg, K. A. (2002). Dual relationships in the deaf community: When dual relationships are unavoidable and essential. In A. A. Lazarus & O. Zur. (Eds.), Dual relationships and psychotherapy. (pp. 287-297). New York: Springer.
  • Harvey, M. (2003) Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons. Lawrence Ehrlbaum Associates. Malway: New Jersey.
  • Ingrao, B. (2012) Better Hearing, Better Health: The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Health Related Quality of Life. Hearing Loss Magazine, November/December.
  • McCoyd, J. K. M. & Walter, C. A. (2009). Grief and loss across the lifespan: a biopsychosocial perspective. Springer Publishing company NY: NY.
  • Padden, C. and Humphries, T. (1988) Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture. Boston: Harvard University Press.
  • Porter A. (1999). Sign-language interpretation in psychotherapy with deaf patients. American Journal of Psychotherapy. 53(2):163–176
  • Schlesinger, H. and Meadow, K. (1972) Sound and Sign: Deafness and Mental Health. University of California Press: Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.
  • Schlesinger, H. (2000) A Developmental Model Applied to Problems of Deafness. Journal of Deaf Studies and Education. 5 (4): 349-36.
  • Williams C. R. & Abeles, N. ( 2004). Issues and Implications of Deaf Culture in Therapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 35(6):643–648.

Films and Plays About Deafness

  • And Your Name is Jonah
  • Bridge to Silence
  • Children of a Lesser God
  • Dummy
  • Hammer
  • Johnnie Belinda
  • Love is Never Silent
  • Sound and Fury
  • Miracle Worker
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus


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