Introduction to Audiology, Eleventh Edition, provides in-depth coverage of the physics of sound; the anatomy of the auditory system; the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders; and the relevant diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for these disorders. Now including a new chapter on clinical masking as well as new internet resources, this leading text continues to emphasize the proper evaluation of hearing disorders and the treatment avenues available for these disorders. The accompanying CD-ROM features a variety of videos depicting clinical topics, a series of clinical case studies, multiple-choice questions with immediate feedback, interactive exercises for students to evaluate their comprehension of information, printable clinical forms, and much more. The new edition of this textbook also includes expanded sections on the management of auditory processing disorders, the role of the audiologist in vestibular management, and the role of the audiologist in the counseling process.
Reviewer:Linda Jacobs-Condit, AuD, CCC-A(George Washington University)
Description:This book provides updated, in-depth information for students in introductory as well as advanced levels of study of audiology: physics of sound, anatomy/physiology of the auditory system, evaluation of hearing, causes and treatments of hearing loss. Chapters have been expanded to include otoacoustic emissions, universal newborn hearing screening, auditory processing disorders, patient/family counseling. The book was first published in 1975 and the previous edition was published in 2000. Each subsequent edition has updated the material and this eighth edition includes a CD-ROM that provides an extensive literature review as well as forms, medical abbreviations, and other reference materials.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide up-to-date information on the continual breakthroughs in the study of audition, and specifically diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. This comprehensive book explains difficult concepts in simple terms.
Audience:This is an excellent introductory text for hearing healthcare students, and an excellent reference for practitioners. The authors are respected audiologists whose book is a valuable tool.
Features:The book was developed in modules that address elements of sound, hearing assessment, hearing disorders, and management of hearing loss. This allows teachers of audiology to rearrange the order in which they assign chapters, if they prefer. The book contains many pedagogical devices to help students understand and comprehend the proper evaluation of hearing disorders, and implications of aural rehabilitation. Visuals are used throughout the text along with tables for summarization. Figure captions augment the text by paraphrasing the concepts being demonstrated. "Clinical commentaries" highlight applicability of important concepts. At the end of each chapter is a review of tables and study questions to assist students in assessing their knowledge. The accompanying CD-ROM offers movies of clinical procedures, augmented with sound samples. This is an easy-to-use tool that enhances student learning.
Assessment:This is a highly useful introductory book with comprehensive explanations of difficult concepts. Students will greatly appreciate the explanations and demonstrations on the CD-ROM which facilitate their learning. This book will continue to be the basis for teaching introduction to audiology to our undergraduate students.