Instrumentation for Audiology and Hearing Science: Theory and Practice

First Edition

Shlomo Silman, Michele B. Emmer

Details: 288 pages, B&W, Softcover + DVD, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-381-9

© 2012 | Available

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Understanding the array and complexity of instrumentation available to audiologists and hearing scientists is important to students, beginning clinicians and even seasoned professionals. This book is a comprehensive and accessible look at instrumentation used in these fields. The expert authors introduce the laws of physics as they relate to audiology and hearing science and explain concepts in electronics directly related to instrumentation used in audiology and hearing science (filtering, immittance, digital signal processing including FFT, power reflectance, microphones, receivers, amplifiers, and so forth). They also provide an invaluable introduction to digital technology and further cover details on the calibration of equipment (ANSI standards, audiometer, otoacoustic emissions, and other evoked potentials). The book, reviewed by internationally renowned experts and with a foreword by Dr. James Jerger, is abundantly illustrated with analog and digital models and also includes instrumentation demonstrations on an accompanying DVD.

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"This book takes the reader from basic chapters on physical concepts, up to instrumentation to perform audiological tests, and finally calibration standards and procedures.

[W]e begin with well written chapters on the concepts of force, work and powers, Newton's laws and the decibel scale and then electrical concepts of resistance, current, inductors and capacitors, leading to frequency filter circuits.The approach is mostly quite readable and descriptive. . . . [T]he main content of the book is relatively timeless and so should remain of use for many years.

...Undoubtedly a useful text for audiology students and those looking to develop a deeper understanding of their clinical equipment, devise non-standard tests for research applications or conduct their own calibration. I would score the book 4 out of 5."
Richard Knight, MSc, PhD CS, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, ENT & Audiology News (Sept/Oct. 2013)

"I have been using the text for several semesters in my doctoral audiology course in electronics and instrumentation, and have found it to be an excellent resource in all aspects of the course. It covers the basic physical principles and builds upon them to elucidate the more advanced and complex concepts presented later. Students find the book highly readable and comment favorably on its many figures and illustrations. Difficult topics, such as acoustic immittance and power reflectance, are clearly described and students are able to apply the information to clinical situations. Using this text has also made my teaching of calibration easier thanks to the authors' clear explanation of the standards, instrumentation, and procedures. I look forward to using ''Instrumentation for Audiology and Hearing Science: Theory & Practice'' by Silman and Emmer for many more semesters."
Janet R. Schoepflin, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Adelphi University 

Foreword by James Jerger

CHAPTER 1. General Physics and Introduction to Sound Energy
CHAPTER 2. Concept of Mechanical Impedance and Admittance
CHAPTER 3. Electrical Energy — Direct Current
CHAPTER 4. Electrical Energy — Alternating Current
CHAPTER 5. Filtering and Electrical Impedance
CHAPTER 6. Building Communication Systems
CHAPTER 7. Acoustic Immittance and Power Reflectance
CHAPTER 8. Signal Processing and Digital Technology
CHAPTER 9. Test Equipment Used in Audiology and Hearing Science
CHAPTER 10. Instrumentation for Calibration and Calibration of Test Stimuli

Appendix A: Students’ Experiments
Appendix B: Digital Integrated Circuits


  • CHAPTER 1. General Physics and Introduction to Sound Energy
  • CHAPTER 2. Concept of Mechanical Impedance and Admittance
  • CHAPTER 3. Electrical Energy — Direct Current
  • CHAPTER 4. Electrical Energy — Alternating Current
  • CHAPTER 5. Filtering and Electrical Impedance
  • CHAPTER 6. Building Communication Systems
  • CHAPTER 7. Acoustic Immittance and Power Reflectance
  • CHAPTER 8. Signal Processing and Digital Technology
  • CHAPTER 9. Test Equipment Used in Audiology and Hearing Science
  • CHAPTER 10. Instrumentation for Calibration and Calibration of Test Stimuli

Shlomo Silman

Shlomo Silman received his Master of Science from Columbia University and PhD in Audiology from New York University. He is Presidential Professor of Speech Communication Arts and Sciences at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY); Professor of Audiology, Doctor of Audiology Program, Graduate Center, CUNY; Professor of Hearing Sciences, Ph.D. Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Graduate Center, CUNY; and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has authored and coauthored more than 90 articles, books, and chapters. His research has been supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health. As co-inventor of the EarPopper, a nonsurgical and nonpharmaceutical medical device for remediation of middle-ear effusion and related hearing loss, he has appeared on numerous television shows and radio stations across the country. Dr. Silman holds two U.S. patents with Dr. Daniel S. Arick (otolaryngologist) and holds a third U.S. patent with his co-author, Dr. Michele B. Emmer. His honors and awards include being the first recipient of the American Academy of Audiology Research Achievement Award in 2000; co-recipient of the 2006 National Tibbetts Award (category of Medicine) supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and other agencies, for the development and evaluation of the EarPopper. The Tibbetts Award is given for developments that are technologically innovative will likely have economic impact. Silman is also the recipient of a medal in 2001 from the Escola Paulista Medicina of the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil for humanitarian work with persons with hearing impairment in Sao Paulo, Brazil and for scientific achievements relating to research on middle-ear effusion and auditory deprivation; and recipient of the 2002 Journal of the American Academy of Audiology Editor’s Award. He also has served as reviewer, editorial consultant, or assistant editor for various journals including American Journal of Audiology: A Journal of Clinical Practice, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, Ear and Hearing, Hearing Research, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Pediatrics, and Perceptual and Motor Skills.

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Michele B. Emmer

Michele B. Emmer, PhD Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Professor of Audiology, Doctor of Audiology Program, Graduate Center (CUNY) received her Master of Science from Brooklyn College and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her interests include middle-ear effusion, ipsilateral acoustic reflex, adult onset auditory deprivation, acclimatization, hearing impairment in the elderly, and temporal integration of the acoustic reflex. She published many articles on these topics in medical, audiological, and scientific journals such as Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, American Academy of Audiology, ENT Journal, and Rehabilation R & D (Department of Veterans Affairs). She has reviewed articles and a book. She was listed in the City University of New York Salute to Scholars two years running and received the College-wide award for Excellence in Teaching at Brooklyn College. She was co-investigator and senior research director for several federal grants; PI for two City University of New York grants, and a Principal Investigator for a grant from the New York City Department for the Aging (Dorot - University without Walls for Hearing-Impaired Elderly). Dr. Emmer holds a U.S. patent with her co-author, Dr. Silman. The device is a non-surgical treatment for the elimination of middle-ear effusion and associated hearing loss in the ears of toddlers; the prototype for this device has been completed. She is Chair of the Department of Speech Communication Arts and Sciences and a member of the AuD faculty of the City University of New York. She has been teaching courses in Speech and Hearing Science for over twenty years.

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