Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing

Seventh Edition

J. Anthony Seikel, David G. Drumright, Daniel J. Hudock

Details: 835 pages, Full Color, Hardcover, 8.5" x 11", with ANAQUEST study software

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-628-0

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The most adopted textbook for anatomy and physiology courses in
communication sciences and disorders programs!

With many exciting enhancements and robust online resources, the seventh edition of Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing provides a solid foundation in anatomical and physiological principles relevant to the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. The text is supported by an innovative study software program called ANAQUEST that includes interactive lessons, animations, and videos to further help students master the complex material.

This bestselling text is organized around the five “classic” systems of speech, language and hearing: the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory/resonatory, nervous, and auditory systems. Integrating clinical information with everyday experiences to reveal how anatomy and physiology relate to the speech, language, and hearing systems, the text introduces all the essential anatomy and physiology information in a carefully structured way, helping students to steadily build their knowledge and successfully apply it to clinical practice. Hundreds of dynamic, full-color illustrations and online lessons make the complex material approachable even for students with little or no background in anatomy and physiology.

Key Features

  • 560+ figures and tables provide visual examples of the anatomy, processes, body systems, and data discussed. Photographs of human specimens provide a real-life look at the body parts and functions
  • Chapter pedagogy includes:
    • Learning objectives, call outs to related ANAQUEST lessons, bolded key terms, and chapter summaries
    • Clinical notes boxes relate topics directly to clinical experience to emphasize the importance of anatomy in clinical practice 
    • Margin notes identify important terminology, root words, and definitions, that are highlighted in color throughout each chapter
    • “To summarize” sections provide a succinct listing of the major topics covered in a chapter or chapter section
  • Muscle tables describe the origin, course, insertion, innervation, and function of key muscles and muscle groups 
  • Glossary with 2,000+ terms and definitions
  • Comprehensive bibliography in each chapter with 600+ references throughout the text
  • Multiple online appendices include an alphabetical listing of anatomical terms, useful combining forms, and listings of sensors and cranial nerves

New to the Seventh Edition

  • Addition of clinical cases related to neurophysiology and hearing
  • Revised and updated physiology of swallowing includes discussion of postnatal development and aging effects of the swallowing mechanism and function
  • Brief discussion of the basics of genetics and trait transmission
  • Overview of prenatal development as it relates to the mechanisms of speech and hearing
  • Presentation of prenatal and postnatal development for each of the systems of speech and hearing, as well as the effects of aging on each system
  • Learning objectives have been added to the beginning of each chapter
  • Chapter study questions have been moved online so students can take interactive quizzes with scores
  • The helpful appendices moved online to reduce the length and weight of the print book
  • For instructors, the test questions and slides have been updated and expanded
  • The ANAQUEST study software has been updated with new illustrations from the text, and lessons to match the content newly added to the book

PluralPlus Online Ancillaries

For instructors:

  • A version of the ANAQUEST software for upload to Learning Management Systems (LMS).
  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter
  • Test Bank with 1,000+ questions and answers
  • Class activities and labs
  • Sample course syllabus
  • Videos

For students:

  • A student web-version of the ANAQUEST study software
  • Interactive study quizzes for each chapter
  • Videos
  • Appendices

About the Authors

Introduction to the Learner


Introduction to the Learner

Using This Textbook and Online Resources

Chapter 1. Basic Elements of Anatomy

Anatomy and Physiology
Terminology of Anatomy

Terms of Orientation
Terms of Movement
Parts of the Body

Building Blocks of Anatomy: Tissues and Systems

Body Systems

Prenatal Development

Genetic Terminology
Stages of Prenatal Development
Development of Individual Systems

Chapter Summary

Chapter 2. Anatomy of Respiration

The Support Structure of Respiration

Vertebral Column
Pelvic and Pectoral Girdles
Ribs and Rib Cage
Soft Tissue of the Thorax and Respiratory Passageway

Divisions of the Bronchial Tree

Movement of Air Through the Respiratory System
Muscles of Inspiration
Muscles of Forced Expiration

Respiratory Muscle of the Upper Limb: Latissimus Dorsi
Chapter Summary

Chapter 3. Physiology of Respiration

The Flow of Respiration

Instruments in Respiration

Respiration for Life

Effects of Turbulence on Respiration
Respiratory Cycle

Lung Volumes and Capacities

Lung Volumes
Lung Capacities

Pressures of the Respiratory System

Pressures Generated by the Tissue

Effects of Posture on Speech
Pressures and Volumes of Speech
Prenatal Development of the Respiratory System

Axial skeleton Development: Vertebral Column and Rib Cage
Respiratory System Development

Postnatal Development and Aging in Respiration

Effect of Age on Volumes and Capacities
Effect of Age on Respiratory Rate
Muscle Development and Control

Physical Bases of Changes in Adulthood
Respiratory Pathologies Affecting Communication

Acute Conditions
Chronic Conditions

Chapter Summary

Chapter 4. Anatomy of Phonation

A Tour of the Phonatory Mechanism

Framework of the Larynx
Cavities of the Larynx
Cartilaginous Structure of the Larynx
Movement of the Cartilages

            Laryngeal Musculature

Intrinsic Laryngeal Muscles
Laryngeal Elevators and Depressors

Chapter Summary

Chapter 5. Physiology of Phonation

Nonspeech Laryngeal Function
Laryngeal Function for Speech

A Brief Discussion of Acoustics
Instruments for Voicing
The Bernoulli Effect
Vocal Attack
Sustained Phonation
Vocal Register
Frequency, Pitch, and Pitch Change
Pitch-Changing Mechanism
Intensity and Intensity Change

Clinical Considerations
Linguistic Aspects of Pitch and Intensity
Theories of Phonation
Prenatal Development
Postnatal Development and Aging of the Phonatory Mechanism

Vocal Fold Changes
Vocal Fold Tissue Changes
Cartilage Changes
Hyoid and Laryngeal Descent
Fundamental Frequency Changes During Development

         The Effects of Aging

Supportive Tissue
Nerves and Sensation
Fundamental Frequency Changes With Aging
Changes in Other Acoustic Parameters

Pathologies That May Affect Phonation

Structural Etiologies
Degenerative Neurological Diseases

Chapter Summary
Decibel Practice Activity

I. Exponents and Logarithms
II. dB SPL Problems
III. SPL: More Complex Examples
IV. Decibel Increase and Decrease


Chapter 6. Anatomy of Articulation and Resonation

Source-Filter Theory of Vowel Production
The Articulators
Bones of the Face and Cranial Skeleton

Bones of the Face
Bones of the Cranial Skeleton


Dental Development
Dental Occlusion

Cavities of the Articulatory System
Muscles of the Face and Mouth

Muscles of the Face
Muscles of the Mouth
Muscles of Mastication: Mandibular Elevators and Depressors
Muscles of the Pharynx

Chapter Summary

Chapter 7. Physiology of Articulation and Resonation

Instrumentation in Articulation
Speech Function


Coordinated Articulation

Central Control Theory
Dynamic or Action Theory Models
The DIVA Model of Speech Production

Prenatal Articulatory/Resonatory System Development: Pharynx, Face, and Neck

Development of the Skull
Oral Cavity and Pharynx Development
Facial Development

Postnatal Development and Aging in Articulation and Resonation

General Craniofacial Growth
Development of Articulatory Ability

Effects of Aging on Structure and Function
Pathologies That May Affect Articulation

Problems Affecting Dentition
Problems Affecting the Tongue
Mandibular and Maxillary Problems
Problems Affecting Lips and Palate
Neurogenic Conditions Affecting Speech

Chapter Summary

Chapter 8. Physiology of Mastication and Deglutition

Mastication and Deglutition

Instrumentation in Swallowing Function

Organizational Patterns of Mastication and Deglutition

Oral Stage: Oral Preparation
Oral Stage: Transport
Pharyngeal Stage
Esophageal Stage
Process Model of Mastication and Deglutition

Neurophysiological Underpinnings of Mastication and Deglutition

Sensation Associated with Mastication and Deglutition
Salivation Response

Anatomical and Physiological Changes in Development and Aging

Changes in Swallowing With Aging

Reflexive Circuits of Mastication and Deglutition

Chewing Reflex
Orienting, Rooting, and Suckling/Sucking Reflexes
Uvular (Palatal) Reflex
Gag (Pharyngeal) Reflex
Retch and Vomit Reflex
Cough Reflex
Pain Withdrawal Reflex
Apneic Reflex
Respiration Reflexes
Swallowing Reflex

Reexamination of the Patterns for Mastication and Deglutition: A Complex Integration of Reflexes and Voluntary Action
Pathologies Affecting Swallowing Function
Chapter Summary

Chapter 9. Anatomy of Hearing

The Structures of Hearing

Outer Ear
Middle Ear
Landmarks of the Middle Ear

Inner Ear

Osseous Vestibule
Osseous Semicircular Canals
Osseous Cochlear Labyrinth
Membranous Labyrinth
Innervation Pattern of the Organ of Corti

Chapter Summary

Chapter 10. Auditory Physiology

Instrumentation in Hearing Research
Outer Ear
Middle Ear Function
Inner Ear Function

Vestibular Mechanism
Auditory Mechanism: Mechanical Events
Electrical Events
Neural Responses
Poststimulus Time Histograms
Interspike Interval and Period Histograms
Frequency Selectivity
Auditory Pathway Responses

Auditory Development and Auditory Aging

Prenatal Development
Postnatal Development of the Peripheral Auditory System
Aging and the Auditory Mechanism

Pathologies That May Affect Audition

Inflammatory Conditions
Congenital Problems
Traumatic Lesions
Neoplastic Changes
Bone Changes

Chapter Summary

Chapter 11. Neuroanatomy

Sense, Sensor, and Stimulation         
Divisions of the Nervous System

Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System
Autonomic and Somatic Nervous Systems
Development Divisions

Anatomy of the Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System

Anatomy of the Cerebrum
Medial Surface of Cerebral Cortex
Inferior Surface of Cerebral Cortex
Myelinated Fibers
Anatomy of the Subcortex
Cerebrovascular System
Anatomy of the Brainstem
Cranial Nerves
Specific Cranial Nerves
Anatomy of the Spinal Cord
Pathways of the Spinal Cord

Chapter Summary

Chapter 12. Neurophysiology

Instrumentation in Neurophysiology
The Neuron

Neuron Function
Muscle Function

Higher Functioning

Motor System Lesions
Afferent Inputs
Association Regions
Hemispheric Specialization
Lesion Studies
Motor Control for Speech

Development and Aging of the Brain

Prenatal Development of the Nervous System
Postnatal Development of the Brain
The Aging Brain

Neurogenic Conditions That May Affect Communication

Acquired Conditions

Chapter Summary


The Appendices are now available online-only via the companion website. 

J. Anthony Seikel

J. Anthony (Tony) Seikel, PhD, is emeritus faculty at Idaho State University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate coursework in neuroanatomy and neuropathology over the course of his career in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is co-author of numerous chapters, books and research publications in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. His current research is examining the relationship between orofacial myofunctional disorders and oropharyngeal dysphagia.

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David G. Drumright

David G. Drumright, BS, grew up in Oklahoma and Kansas, taught electronics at DeVry for several years, then spent 20 years as a technician in acoustics and speech research. He developed many programs and devices for analysis and instruction in acoustics and speech/hearing. He has been semi-retired since 2002, working on graphics and programming for courseware.

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Daniel J. Hudock

Daniel J. Hudock, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences at Idaho State University. He is currently serving as the Speech Language Pathology Graduate Program Co-Director and Founding PhD in Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences Program Co-Coordinator. He has published over 30 articles and given over 100 presentations with several recent ones being invited half-day and full-day podium talks. In his TEDx Talk entitled, “Please Don’t Finish My Sentence”, he presents about his experience living with a stutter. Dr. Hudock has successfully completed several grants and is an avid volunteer within the profession and associations focused on fluency disorders, including serving in leadership positions, including the coordinating committee of ASHA’s SIG 4 on Fluency Disorders.  His two primary tracts of research focus on 1) better understanding, assessing, and treating fluency disorders through holistic interprofessional partnerships with mental health professionals and 2) the neuroscience of speech perception and production in people who stutter using high-density EEG and time-frequency analysis. He is the founding director of the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders that offers an intensive interprofessional stuttering clinic with speech-language pathologists collaborating with counselors and clinical psychologists through an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) informed framework in the treatment of adolescent and adult stuttering. Lastly, he has taught courses on Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms and Speech and Hearing Science for over a decade, starting as a graduate teaching assistant at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

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Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing, Seventh Edition comes with access to supplementary student and instructor resources on a PluralPlus companion website.

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  • Interactive study quizzes
  • Videos
  • Appendices A-H

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  • Sample course syllabus
  • Videos
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