Basics of Audiology: From Vibrations to Sounds

First Edition

Jerry Cranford

Details: 140 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-180-8

© 2008 | Available

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Basics of Audiology was developed from Dr. Cranford's extensive experience teaching audiology to speech-language pathology (SLP) students. Although there are multiple, established introductory texts in audiology, this text is uniquely geared to students who specifically studying speech-language pathology.

The book includes all the necessary audiological principles needed for any SLP student to become competent in test assessment and the diagnosis of hearing disorders. Mastery of this text will enable the future clinician practice in a wider patient base.

In addition to being useful in undergraduate training programs as a primary or supplementary text, the book will also be valuable for SLPs who have "been in the trenches" for a number of years and feel they need to have their knowledge of audiology refreshed or updated. Because the author has focused on using nontechnical or layman's terminology in explaining the various scientific and clinical concepts/principles in this field, he also believes that parents, relatives, or significant others of hearing impaired patients will also find this book useful for understanding the problems experienced by their loved ones.

Reviews

"...An excellent introduction to the field of audiology including important information about clinical practice and the underlying principles that have shaped the profession.... Excellent anatomical diagrams and pictorial representations of anatomical features."
I.G. Ashbaugh, Truman State University, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (2009)

  • Preface
  • Part I. The Scientific Background For Audiology
    • Physics of Sound or Acoustics
    • Functional Anatomy of the Auditory Nervous System
    • Contributions from the Psychoacoustics Laboratory
  • Part II. What Audiologists Do And What You Need To Know
    • Intake History and Otoscopic Examination of the Patient’s Ear Canal and Eardrum
    • Pure Tone Air and Bone Conduction Audiometry— How to Interpret the Patient’s Audiogram
    • Speech Audiometry: What It Can and Cannot Reveal about Peripheral versus Central Auditory Function
    • What Are Acoustic Reflexes and What Do They Reveal about the Patient’s Auditory Functions
    • Tympanometry and Tympanograms: What They Reveal about the Patient’s Middle Ear and Hearing Status
    • Electrocochleography and Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential Tests and What They Reveal about Auditory Functions
    • Otoacoustic Emissions: The Latest Computerized Tool for Assessing Peripheral Hearing and Neural Function
    • Common Forms of Behavioral Assessments Used by Audiologists to Assess Central Auditory Function
    • Recent Advances in Electrophysiology Measurement Tools for Assessing Central Auditory Nervous System Problems
    • Use of Medical Neuroimaging Techniques to Assist in Evaluating CANS Problems in Patients
  • Index

Jerry Cranford

Jerry Cranford, PhD, is currently Professor of Audiology and Hearing Science in the Department of Communication Disorders at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Cranford did his undergraduate training, majoring in Psychology, at Wichita State University. In 1969, he was awarded a Ph.D.degaree in Experiment Psychology from Vanderbilt University. During the fourth year of his training at Vandy, he took a neuroanatomy course in the Vanderbilt medical school and became totally hooked on brain sciences. This triggered an instense 5- year long postdoctural training experience which included two years as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neurosciences at Duke University followed by an additional three years of training at the Center for Neural Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. At age 40, Dr. Cranford underwent a "midlife crises" and went back to school at the LSUHSC in New Orleans to obtain training and clinical certification in Clinical Audiology. From 1985 to the present, Dr. Cranford has been on the faculty of speech and hearing programs (first at Wichita State, then East Carolina University, and now back at the LSUHSC in New Orleans). Prior to 1985, Dr. Cranford's primary duties involved training ENT residents and performing NIH funded animal model studies on central auditory nervous system function. Following 1985, he switched to studying electrophysiological and behavioral effects of central auditory disorders in human patients and training clinical graduate students in speech and hearing.

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