Review by Herbert Jay Gould, PhD, Associate Professor, School Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Memphis
“The addition of several new chapters to the Handbook of Auditory Processing Disorders Volume 1 is a significant enhancement and expansion of the first edition. The general layout and writing is consistently high quality throughout the book. Several chapters and areas of discussion are particularly valuable to the reader’s basic understanding of CAPD.
The initial section on auditory neuroscience has excellent chapters by Jos Eggermont on central auditory system development and by Phillips on central auditory neuroscience. These two chapters provide a strong basic science underpinning to the remainder of the book. Dr. Eggermont’s chapter ties the anatomic and electrophysiologic activity of the system to the normal behavioral measures of basic signal processing and speech perception of the developing nervous system. The extraordinarily long time course of this system’s maturation exemplifies the difficulties of separating a slowly maturing, but normal system, from a significantly disordered one.
Dr. Philips’ chapter on psychoacoustic considerations is a relatively comprehensive review of the area. It serves as an excellent refresher for those who have not reviewed the area recently. This chapter is one of the more important chapters in the book, as the evaluation of auditory processing is the clinical adaptation of psychoacoustic test procedures. Anyone working in the area of auditory processing disorders needs to understand the underlying principles of evaluating the system and recognize those principles in the tests that they are utilizing.
The chapter by Hugdahl and Helland on dichotic listening and attention provides a detailed review of the area and ties nicely with the more clinically based Chapter 11 on dichotic listening tests. Several of the points made in this chapter have significant impact on how we should view dichotic listening tests as well as the administration of the dichotic tests to obtain maximum information. From the reviewer’s perspective this chapter was one of the most thought provoking in the book and it has led to my re-evaluation of dichotic testing procedures and interpretation.
Overall the chapters in the basic science area section are well written and would make excellent supplemental readings in hearing science courses. Several of the chapters in this section are new and provide substantial important information.
The section on Diagnostic Fundamentals is short and provides a good overview of basic issues in not only the diagnosis of CAPD but auditory diagnostics in general. The final chapter in the section by Weihing and Atcherson should be read first if the reader is not familiar with clinical decision-making. The chapter by Baran is good but ends up repeating much of the Weihing and Atcherson chapter.
The additional chapters and modification in this edition provide a step forward in content rather than just a simple rehash of old material on CAPD. The book should be viewed as an excellent supplemental text for other areas of audiology as many of the chapters provide discussions that pertain to a wide range of audiologic concerns.”
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