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Clearinghouse Update

New Directory Available

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Information Clearinghouse is pleased to announce the release of the latest edition of the Directory: Information Resources for Human Communication Disorders. The directory lists more than 160 national organizations that focus on health issues relating to hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. Organizations can be located by title listing or by using the subject index of more than 75 terms relating to deafness and communication disorders.

Single copies of the directory are available now. Please contact the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse for your complimentary copy. The directory is also available online. To access the directory, go to the NIDCD home page at / and choose Health Information. Visitors can search the database alphabetically or by subject category.

For a listing of events sponsored by many of the organizations listed in the directory, and to read more about the clearinghouse and its activities, visit the NIDCD home page, where you will find current and archived editions of Inside.

New Fact Sheets Available

Several new consumer education materials are available from the clearinghouse. These reproducible publications contain specific information about topics related to deafness and communication disorders. The fact sheets are in a question–answer format, each containing a list of resources to contact for additional information.

Communication in Autism Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains what autism is, who is affected, what causes speech and language problems in autism, and the communication problems autism presents. Methods of treatment and current research on improving the communication of individuals with autism are also described.

Dysphagia Fact Sheet

Any condition that weakens or damages the muscles and nerves used for swallowing may cause dysphagia. This fact sheet explains the causes and consequences of dysphagia, how the problem is treated, and current research related to swallowing disorders.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Cognitive and Communication Disorders Fact Sheet

Approximately 200,000 Americans die each year from head trauma. An additional half million or more are hospitalized. This fact sheet describes traumatic brain injury and the cognitive and communication problems that it can cause. Assessment, treatment, and current research are also discussed.

Updated Information Packets Now Available

The NIDCD Information Clearinghouse has updated the following information packets:

  • Cochlear Implants Information Packet
  • Ear Infections Information Packet
  • Tinnitus Information Packet

Each information packet includes a brief introduction, a glossary of related medical terms used throughout the packet, a selection of recent articles on the topic, a list of resource organizations to contact for additional information, and a search from the Combined Health Information Database (CHID).

To request any of these new or updated materials contact the Clearinghouse.