Basic Audiometry Learning Manual

Third Edition

Mark DeRuiter, Virginia Ramachandran

Details: 231 pages, 2-Color, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-371-5

© 2023 | Available

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A Volume in the Core Clinical Concepts in Audiology Series

Basic Audiometry Learning Manual, Third Edition is designed to provide students and beginning clinicians with instruction in the art and science of clinical audiometry techniques. Well-defined learning outcomes, review of concepts, observation exercises, guided practice, and review materials serve as catalysts for active learning of concepts and provide opportunity for utilization of fundamental audiometry methods. The comprehensive content of the Learning Manual encompasses the breadth of audiologic evaluation, including history taking and patient communication, ear canal assessment and management, immittance, pure-tone testing, masking, speech audiometry, otoacoustic emissions, patient counseling, and report writing. 

Chapters can be taught in a serial fashion, following the sequence of a typical audiologic evaluation. Alternatively, the order of activities can be tailored to suit a particular instructional curriculum, or as individual topics coalesced with immediate goals.

New to the Third Edition

  • A new chapter focused on audiometry as a precursor to hearing treatment
  • Updated figures to reflect what learners will experience in modern clinical practice
  • Updated terminology to reflect current clinical practice
  • Many new online supplemental materials for instructors to engage their learners

Key Features

  • Learning Outcomes provide students with clear goals for knowledge and skill-building and provide a foundation for students to evaluate their progress toward clinical competence outcomes
  • Review of Concepts provides a concise examination of the theoretical knowledge necessary for performance of clinical activities
  • Observation challenges students to witness the behavior of clinical instructors or practicing professionals in the act of clinical practice
  • Guided Practice leads the student through exercises designed to provide firsthand experience with performing clinical activities
  • Reflection and Review provides students with opportunities to incorporate newfound understanding gained through Observation and Guided Practice into their theoretical and conceptual knowledge base through answering reflective and review questions
  • A PluralPlus companion website with audiograms for interpretation and 18 videos of common procedures (sample video)


“…Covering everything you wanted to know about “the art and science of clinical audiometry”, this book is concise but also comprehensive – beginning in chapter one with ‘Greeting the patient’ and ending with chapter 24 on ‘Common pitfalls in audiologic evaluation’, a chapter which surely deserves a book of its own. Enroute the most common tests in audiology are covered including middle ear test, pure tone audiometry (dealt with in appropriate pixie steps over six chapters), speech tests and otoacoustic emissions…
Each chapter is divided into suitable bite-sized segments: introduction, learning outcomes (we do like these at universities), review of concepts, observation, guided practice and ending with reflection and review, with many useful suggested questions.
Logical and easy to follow, this book has many things to commend it, especially in those countries using exactly the same procedures. This book would be a very useful addition to your library…
Overall impression: informative and value for money (especially with access to companion website)…this is a welcome book for audiology students and lecturers.”

–Paul Radomskij, MSc, UCL Ear Institute, in ENT & Audiology News (May/June 2023)


Chapter 1. Greeting the Patient

Chapter 2. The Patient Interview

Chapter 3. Otoscopic Examination

Chapter 4. Immittance Instrumentation 

Chapter 5. Tympanometry

Chapter 6. Acoustic Reflex Thresholds

Chapter 7. Acoustic Reflex Decay

Chapter 8. Audiometer Instrumentation

Chapter 9. Biologic Check of Audiometer Instrumentation

Chapter 10. Obtaining a Threshold

Chapter 11. Obtaining an Unmasked Air-Conduction Audiogram

Chapter 12. Obtaining an Unmasked Bone-Conduction Audiogram

Chapter 13. Masking

Chapter 14. Speech Thresholds

Chapter 15. Word Recognition Testing

Chapter 16. Masking for Speech Audiometry

Chapter 17. The Stenger Test

Chapter 18. Tuning Fork Tests

Chapter 19. Otoacoustic Emissions

Chapter 20. Assessment of Communication Function

Chapter 21. Interpreting Test Results

Chapter 22. Counseling the Patient

Chapter 23. Reporting Results

Chapter 24. Common Pitfalls in Audiologic Evaluation

References and Bibliography

Mark DeRuiter

Mark DeRuiter, PhD, MBA, is an audiologist and speech-language pathologist. He is the director of the Clinical Science Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. DeRuiter has taught introduction to audiology, aural rehabilitation, and advanced aural rehabilitation, with teaching experiences in the United States and Taiwan. Dr. DeRuiter’s leadership experiences include serving on the executive board of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and serving on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council for Clinical Certification.

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Virginia Ramachandran

Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, is the Head of Audiology at Oticon, Inc. Dr. Ramachandran is president-elect of the American Academy of Audiology. Additional professional leadership has included serving on the board of directors of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education and serving as president of the Michigan Academy of Audiology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University. Dr. Ramachandran serves on the editorial board for Plural Publishing.

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Purchase of Basic Audiometry Learning Manual, Third Edition comes with access to audiograms for interpretation and 18 videos on a PluralPlus companion website.

To access the materials, you must register the access code* printed on the inside front cover of your book on the companion website.

*Note: If you have purchased this book used or have rented it, your access code will not work if it was already redeemed by the original buyer of the book. Plural Publishing does not offer replacement access codes for used or rented books.

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