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Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By David A. Debonis, Constance L. Donohue

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 16, 2008

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<>This introduction to audiology text emphasizes the technical and scientific aspects of audiology, blended with other essential humanistic skills–active listening, empathy, client/family-centered protocols, and collaboration with family members and other professionals.


This book helps students develop the skills needed to address the needs of clients as human beings and as individuals who have communication disorders.

The authors specifically address the importance of audiology knowledge for the scope of practice in both speech-language pathology and audiology. This text is written to be a resource for the student of audiology and speech-language pathology long after the course is completed.


Written by two audiologists with more than 20 years of combined teaching experience, information in the text is presented in very clear, understandable language and is organized based on first-hand knowledge of formats that will be most useful to students. Because the authors also have nearly 40 years of combined clinical experience, the text is full of illustrative examples to further reinforce concepts introduced.

Table of Contents

** Each Chapter (excluding Ch 1) conclude with a “Chapter Summary,” “Questions for Discussion,” “Recommended Reading,” and “References”





Chapter 1          Audiology as a Scientific, Collaborative, and Humanistic Discipline

The Audiology Profession

Audiology as a Humanistic Discipline

Recommendations for the Future



Chapter 2          Acoustics of Sound and Preliminary Clinical Application

What is Sound?

A Word about Units of Measure

Application of Acoustic Concepts to Reading Audiograms and to Understanding the Listening Environment

Fundamental Pathways of Sound

Environmental Acoustics


Chapter 3          Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System

Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Auditory System

Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Auditory System


Chapter 4          Pure Tone Testing

Relationship between Pure Tones and Perception of Speech Sounds

The Audiometer


Pure Tone Testing


Some Thoughts on Traditional Test Protocols

Potential Pitfalls in Pure Tone Testing

Appendix A: How to Mask during Pure Tone Testing


Chapter 5          Speech Audiometry

Contributions of Speech Audiometry

Speech Audiometry Tests

Other Tests of Speech Understanding

Masking during Speech Audiometry

Other Issues in Speech Audiometry

Appendix A: California Consonant Test

Appendix B: Selected Tests of MAC Battery

Appendix C: How to Mask during Speech Audiometry


Chapter 6          Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System

Acoustic Admittance Testing


Eustachian Tube Testing

Acoustic Reflex Thresholds

Otoacoustic Emissions

Auditory Evoked Potentials

Appendix A: Answers to Tympanogram Cases 1-4


Chapter 7          Disorders of the Auditory System

Selected Conditions that May Affect the Outer Ear

Selected Conditions that May Affect the Middle Ear

Selected Conditions that May Affect the Inner Ear

Selected Conditions that May Affect the Central Auditory System

Balance Disorders: Assessment and Management


Chapter 8          Pediatric Audiology

Auditory Development and Pediatric Audiology

Components of Auditory System Development

General Principles of Pediatric Audiological Assessment

Client-Specific Protocols for Audiological Assessment of Young Children

Current Issues in Pediatric Audiology

Appendix A: Suggestions for Parents of Children with Middle Ear Problems

Appendix B: Screening Instruments for Targeting Educational Risk (SIFTER)


Chapter 9          Assessment and Management of Special Populations

The Elderly

Individuals who are Deaf

Adults with Developmental Disabilities

People with Neurogenic Disorders

Individuals with Nonorganic Hearing Loss

Appendix A: Considerations for Hearing Assessment and Case Management of Individuals Who Have Developmental Disabilities

Appendix B: Communication Strategies for Use with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities


Chapter 10        Auditory Processing Disorders

Maturation and Plasticity of the Central Auditory System

Nature and Development of Tests of Auditory Processing

When Is a Referral for Assessment of Auditory Processing Appropriate?

Peripheral Audiological Assessment and Candidacy for Tests of Auditory Processing

Auditory Processing Assessment and Implications for Management

Final Remarks: Auditory Processing as a Useful Construct

Appendix A: Sample Case History Form for Auditory Processing Evaluation


Chapter 11        Screening

Definition and Models

Decisions about the Screening Protocols

General Screening Components

Screening Protocols across the Lifespan

Appendix A: Sample Content to Include in Forms for Reporting Hearing Screening Results

Appendix B: Hearing Screening (Adults)

Appendix C: Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly



Chapter 12        Helping Individuals with Hearing Loss

Model of Aural Rehabilitation

Audiological Assessment

Treatment Planning

Hearing Aid Selection

Recent Developments



Implantable Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Orientation

Suggested Schedule for Periodic Reevaluation

Assistive Devices

Adult Aural Rehabilitation

Improving Classroom Listening

Cochlear Implants




A Further Look at Diagnosis through Aural Rehabilitation–Five Sample Cases

Appendix A: Educational Consultation: Talking with Parents and School Personnel




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