Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing

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Glen M. Tellis, M. Hunter Manasco

Details: 478 pages, Full Color, Hardcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-720-1

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Designed to meet the distinctive needs of today’s undergraduates in communication sciences and disorders, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing provides an accessible and visually engaging comprehensive introduction to the structures and functions of respiration, phonation, voice, articulation, resonance, swallowing, hearing, balance, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology.

Authors Glen M. Tellis and M. Hunter Manasco use their experiences in the classroom to inform their approach to student learning. Each topic is concisely introduced in bullet-point form and then augmented with more detailed text, boxed content, illustrations, and tables. In addition to this easily manageable method of presenting information, the book also provides extensive supplementary material on a companion website. This technology-supported pedagogical approach allows students to review concepts via detailed study guides with anatomical labels, explore cadaver images, and view them as an extension of the textbook. This is the only text with real cadaver images from Anatomage’s 3D dissection table allowing an unparalleled glimpse into the anatomical structures of the human body, featuring true-to-life colors with an impressive level of detail. 

Drs. Tellis and Manasco’s active learning approach will encourage and challenge students to think deeply and critically about the anatomy and physiology related to speech, language, and hearing. This immersive and technology-centered process is intended to increase student comprehension, retention, performance, and enjoyment of the material. 

Key Features

  • Unique bullet-point format to increase comprehension and retention
  • 340+ color figures boost student engagement and include both anatomical illustrations and real human cadaver images from Anatomage’s 3D anatomy table
  • Chapter learning objectives to guide instruction
  • Boxed features with historical and cultural contexts
  • Bolded key terms and glossary
  • Content-aligned resources for instructors and students on a companion website 

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  • For instructors: PowerPoint slides, Test Bank, Image Bank
  • For students: Quizzes, Flashcards, Image Bank, Study Guides

M. Hunter Manasco Discusses Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing


Chapter 1. Introduction

Key Terms

Anatomical Nomenclature
Anatomical Orientation
Anatomical Terms

Body Systems That Support Speech, Language, and Hearing

Joints or Articulations

Cranial Nerves


Chapter Summary

Chapter 2. Anatomy of Respiration

Introduction to Respiration
The Skeletal Framework for Respiration

The Bony Thorax

The Visceral Thorax

Respiratory Passages 
Respiratory Tissue and Gas Exchange

Muscles of Respiration

Patterns of Muscular Use in Respiration
Categorization of Muscles of Respiration
Primary Muscle of Inspiration
Accessory Muscles of Inspiration
Muscles of Expiration

Chapter Summary

Chapter 3. Physiology of Respiration

Introduction to Physiology of Respiration
Forces of Respiration

Active Force of Respiration
Passive Forces of Respiration
Pressures Involved in Respiration

Physics of Respiration/Breathing

Understanding the Mechanical Cycle of Respiration
Quiet Respiration: Quiet Inspiration/Passive Expiration
Forced Respiration: Forced Inspiration/Forced Expiration

Lung Volumes and Capacities
Changes in Respiration With Advanced Age
Measurement of Respiration and Instrumentation

Measuring Rate
Measuring Pressure
Measuring Lung Volumes and Respiratory Capacities

Process of Gas Exchange
Chapter Summary

Chapter 4. Anatomy of Phonation


Cartilages of the Larynx
Membranes and Ligaments
Muscles of the Larynx

Chapter Summary

Chapter 5. Physiology of Phonation

Nonspeech (Biological) Functions

Abdominal and Thoracic Fixation
Protection During the Swallow Reflex
Throat Clearing and Coughing


Coordinative Structures of Voice

Theories of Phonation 

Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory     
Body-Cover Theory
Nonlinear Source-Filter Coupling Theory

Parameters of Voice

Elasticity, Stiffness, and Inertia
Acoustic Parameters
Amplitude and Intensity
Aerodynamic Parameters

Variations in Vocal Fold Closure Patterns, Mucosal Wave, and Periodicity of Vibration

Vocal Fold Closure
Movement of the Mucosal Wave
Regularity and Periodicity of Vibration
Vocal Register
Sustained Phonation and Attack
Linguistic Aspects of Phonation

Chapter Summary

Chapter 6. Anatomy of Articulation, Swallowing, and Resonance

Bones of the Face

Anatomy of the Hard Palate
Zygomatic Bones
Nasal Bones
Palatine Bones
Inferior Nasal Conchae
Lacrimal Bone

Bones of the Skull

Frontal Bone
Parietal Bones
Temporal Bones
Occipital Bone

Muscles of the Face

Orbicularis Oris
Transverse Muscles
Parallel Muscles: Incisivus Labii Superior and the Incisivus Labii Inferior

Supplementary Muscles of Facial Expression
Cavities of the Vocal Tract

The Oral Cavity
Buccal Cavity
Nasal Cavity

Muscles of the Tongue

Intrinsic Muscles of the Tongue
Extrinsic Muscle of the Tongue

Muscles of Mastication

Masseter (Figure 6–58, Figure 6–59)
Temporalis (Figure 6–58, Figure 6–60)
Medial Pterygoid (Figure 6–61)
Lateral Pterygoid (Figure 6–62)
Digastricus (Figure 6–58, Figure 6–63)
Mylohyoid (Figure 6–58, Figure 6–64)
Geniohyoid (Figure 6–53, Figure 6–58)
Platysma (Figure 6–34)

Muscles of the Velum

Elevators of the Velum
Depressors of the Velum

Muscles of the Pharynx

Pharyngeal Constrictors
Longitudinal Muscles of the Pharynx

Chapter Summary 

Chapter 7. Physiology of Articulation and Resonance

Introduction to Articulation and Resonance
Physiology of Articulation and Resonance

Role of the Lips in Articulation
Role of the Tongue in Articulation
Role of the Muscles of the Tongue in Articulation
Role of the Tongue in Consonant Production
Role of the Tongue in Vowel Production
Role of the Teeth in Articulation
Role of the Mandible in Articulation
Role of Cheeks in Articulation and Resonance
Role of Velum in Articulation and Resonance
Role of the Pharynx in Articulation

Chapter Summary 

Chapter 8. Physiology of Swallowing

Introduction to Swallowing
Process of Mastication and Deglutition

Oral Preparatory Stage Described
Oral Stage Described
Pharyngeal Stage Described
Esophageal Stage Described


Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study/Modified Barium Swallow
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow       
High Resolution Manometry

Changes With Age

Childhood Development
Changes With Normal Aging

Coordination of Respiration and Deglutition
Chapter Summary 

Chapter 9. Anatomy of Hearing

Structures of the Auditory Mechanism
Outer Ear

External Auditory Meatus
Tympanic Membrane

Middle Ear

Muscles of the Middle Ear
Landmarks of the Middle Ear Cavity

Inner Ear

Auditory System: Cochlea and Related Structures
Vestibular System
Vestibulocochlear Nerve (CN VIII)

Changes With Age (Presbycusis)
Chapter Summary 

Chapter 10. Physiology of Hearing and Balance

Properties of Sound
Physiology of the Outer Ear

Pinna and External Auditory Meatus

Physiology of the Middle Ear

Movement of the Tympanic Membrane and the Ossicular Chain

Eustachian Tube
Physiology of the Inner Ear

Stimulation of the Cochlea

Auditory Central Nervous System

Afferent Pathway
Efferent Pathways
Auditory Cortex: Auditory Processing and Speech Perception

Vestibular System

Pure Tone Audiometry
Speech Reception Threshold
Acoustic Reflex Testing
Otoacoustic Emissions
Auditory Brainstem Response

Types of Hearing Loss

         Conductive Hearing Loss
         Sensorineural Hearing Loss
         Mixed Hearing Loss

Chapter Summary

Chapter 11. Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology: Part 1

Cells of the Nervous System


The Central Nervous System

The Brain

Chapter Summary

Chapter 12. Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology: Part 2

The Lobes of the Cerebral Hemispheres

Frontal Lobes
Parietal Lobes
Temporal Lobes
The Occipital Lobes

Subcortical Structures

The Brainstem

The Cerebellum
The Thalamus
The Basal Ganglia
The Limbic System
The Spinal Cord
Blood Supply to the Brain
The Peripheral Nervous System

The Spinal Nerves

Chapter Summary


Glen M. Tellis

Glen M. Tellis, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA, a Board-Certified Fluency Specialist, is a professor and chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. He completed his doctorate at The Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and has over 24 years of experience, including teaching anatomy and physiology courses. His research interests encompass fluency disorders, dysphagia, multicultural issues, research designs, treatment efficacy research, advanced digital technology, and clinical outcomes. Dr. Tellis frequently presents nationally and internationally on near infrared spectroscopy and hemoglobin concentration in the brain. He has published extensively and is a best-selling author of numerous textbooks. Dr. Tellis has continuously received externally funded grants for his research. A few of his professional achievements include serving as the past president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, chairing ASHA’s Academic Affairs Board, receiving the Honors of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and becoming an ASHA Fellow.

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M. Hunter Manasco

M. Hunter Manasco, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. He completed his doctorate at the University of South Alabama in 2008. Dr. Manasco has worked as a speech-language pathologist in various professional clinical environments with a wide range of clinical populations from newborn to hospice care. He has over 15 years of experience teaching, including teaching anatomy and physiology courses. Dr. Manasco specializes in diagnosis and therapy for neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. He has published and presented books and many papers within his areas of specialty.

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