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The Hearing Sciences, Second Edition addresses all the topics critical to understanding the hearing sciences: acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems, psychoacoustics, and basic instrumentation.
Written in a straightforward approach, each chapter opens with an introduction of the key concepts and ends with a concise summary. The practical nature of the book is demonstrated in the "Clinical Correlates" examples, which relate elements of the hearing sciences to patient care and engage students in the concepts.
The textbook is designed for undergraduate students the more advanced chapters are useful supplementary material in graduate audiology programs but through this book, students will gain invaluable insight into the hearing sciences before ever taking a course in audiology.
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An added bonus is in the companion website, which contains support and extension activities to help students apply concepts to practice.
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Teri A. Hamill, Ph.D., is Professor of Audiology at Nova Southeastern University, where she teaches Au.D. students.
Lloyd L. Price, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Audiology, taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the hearing sciences at Florida State University. When he began teaching an undergraduate hearing science course in 1983, there were no texts suitable at that level. In order to cover the material he wished to cover, it was necessary to develop a text, which evolved over a fifteen-year period. Price has background in both clinical audiology and academia. He worked as a professor for thirty-one years after having worked clinically for the previous nine years. Price is now retired, living in Havana, Florida with his wife, Cindy.Review:
"This book proved to be a very interesting read. Aimed at undergraduate students, I feel that it delivers the key concepts of the hearing sciences in a straightforward manner for this audience. The book is filled with concise summaries of key topics and is well supported by clear diagrams. The authors highlight key words and add practical advice with 'clinical correlates' to show how the concepts can be used with real patients in a real clinic." --Jenny Richardson, Audiologist, UK, in ENT & Audiology News (November/December 2016)
"This textbook is designed to give undergraduate students an overview of the Hearing Sciences. It has been laid out in an easy to read order, dividing the topics into four major sections: acoustics, instrumentation, anatomy and physiology of both the auditory and vestibular systems and psychoacoustics. Included as an Appendix is an overview of basic mathematics, which I found myself referring to often whilst reading this book! Each chapter contains a brief introduction, a clinical correlate in which the topic of the chapter is tied into a clinical scenario or pathology, and a succinct summary.
[Section 1: Basic Acoustics and Instrumentation,] has 8 chapters, all of which are quite equation heavy, but everything is explained as if for an undergraduate student so it is easy to follow. Nothing was left untouched in this section and through the first few chapters the authors delved into basic physics, chemistry and maths, providing an excellent overview of the logarithmic scale, which is of course important for audiologists to know and understand....
[The] two chapters [in Section 2: Introduction to Speech Acoustics] contain some excellent diagrams which pinpoint specific tongue, lip and vocal tract placements for various speech sounds....
Chapter 17 delved into advanced cochlear anatomy and I found myself glued to the page (re)learning about gap junctions and how defects in their structure can lead to genetic hearing loss....
And on a final note, the authors have created a self-test website with review questions and quizzes on which I spent a lot of time testing my own knowledge - worth a visit." --Signe Peitersen, AudiologyNow (Fall 2014)
"The book (first edition) is finely structured. The overall running sequence of the chapters is logical and well thought through. I like the idea of introducing concepts of acoustics early in the book and including some basic mathematics at the end. The information in this book has sufficient depth in all the areas covered." --Vinaya K. C. Manchaiah, Audiological Medicine, (2009)
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