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

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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Reviews

"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
Reviewers
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Dedication

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
Index


CD CONTENTS:

  • 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, MS, PhD, 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, PhD Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Graduate Center, CUNY; and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has authored and coauthored approximately 100 articles, books, and chapters. His research has been supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Silman holds two U.S. patents for a medical device with Dr. Daniel S. Arick and another two U.S. patents for another medical device with his coauthor, Dr. Michele B. Emmer. His honors and awards include being the first recipient of the American Academy of Audiology Research Achievement Award in 2000 and corecipient 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. Silman is also the recipient of a medal in 2001 from the Escola Paulista Medicina of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil, for humanitarian work with persons with hearing impairment in São Paulo, Brazil, and for scientific achievements relating to research on middle ear effusion and auditory deprivation, as well as 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, 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 Emerita and former Chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY) and former 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, acoustic reflex, adult-onset auditory deprivation, acclimatization, and hearing impairment in the elderly. 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 Rehabilitation R & D (Department of Veterans Affairs). She was listed in the CUNY Salute to Scholars 2 years running and received the college-wide award for Excellence in Teaching at Brooklyn College. She was coinvestigator and senior research director for several federal grants, principal investigator for two CUNY grants, and a principal investigator for a grant from the New York City Department for the Aging. Dr. Emmer holds two U.S. patents for a medical device with her coauthor Dr. Shlomo Silman. Dr. Emmer taught courses in speech and hearing for over 20 years.

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