Psychoacoustics: Auditory Perception of Listeners with Normal Hearing and Hearing Loss

Second Edition

Jennifer J. Lentz

Details: 275 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-525-2

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Release Date: 11/10/2023

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Psychoacoustics: Perception of Normal and Impaired Hearing with Audiology Applications, Second Edition provides an overview of the field of psychoacoustics, with a primary focus on auditory perception. The book retains its focus on applications of psychoacoustics to clinical audiology, and its modular organization, with each chapter including relevant information around a specific topic. Within each chapter, acoustics, physiology, and perception by adult listeners with normal hearing and those with hearing loss, as they relate to that topic, are presented.

The influence of hearing loss on these general auditory abilities is discussed in every chapter. Components of the book also include the role of psychoacoustics in audiological assessment and treatment. The text is ideal for audiology students who intend on having a clinical career and need an understanding of both normal and impaired auditory perception. It is intended to give students sufficient information to understand how the ear achieves auditory perception, what the capabilities of the ear are, and how hearing loss influences that perception. It also provides students with a foundation for further study in the area and to apply psychoacoustic principles to diagnostic audiology and audiological rehabilitation.

New to the Second Edition

  • 70 new figures to clarify some points and facilitate student’s understanding of the material
  • New chapter that exclusively focuses on the perception by individuals wearing hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • New section on the perceptual consequences of sensorineural hearing loss on everyday listening added to each chapter
  • Revamped chapter on Psychoacoustics and Advanced Clinical Auditory Assessment now exclusively addresses elements within diagnostic audiology that are based on psychoacoustics, with added content on tinnitus assessment, automated (Békésy) audiometry, retrocochlear and pseudohypacusis evaluation, and the identification of dead regions
  • Enhanced focus on inclusivity such as alternative versions of some demonstrations designed to be more accessible to individuals with hearing loss and a new section on the contributions of women and BIPOC scientists to the field of psychoacoustics
  • Additional demonstrations, general exercises, and laboratory exercises in the text and on website

Key Features

  • Learning objectives and summaries begin and end each chapter to convey the goals of the text and review student comprehension
  • Each chapter contains exercises designed to develop critical thinking about psychoacoustics
  • Chapters include the following: introduction, relevant acoustics, important physiological studies, perception by normal-hearing listeners, and perception by listeners who have sensorineural hearing loss
  • Emphasis on applied learning for more effective and efficient learning of the material

PluralPlus Online Ancillaries

For instructors: PowerPoint slides and answers to lab exercises

For students: Lab exercises and demonstrations so that students may develop their understanding of psychoacoustic topics



Chapter 1. History
Learning Objectives
Early Investigation of Perception
The Origins of Psychoacoustics
The Advent of the Telephone
Clinical Auditory Assessment
Pioneers in Auditory Perception: Women and Scientists of Color

Chapter 2. Estimating Threshold in Quiet
Learning Objectives
Foundations of Absolute Threshold: Acoustics and Physiology
Measuring Thresholds
Auditory Thresholds in Adults
Summary and Take-Home Points

Chapter 3. Estimating Thresholds in Noise (Masking)
Learning Objectives
Acoustics: Noise and Filters
Physiological Factors
Introduction to Masking
The Critical Band and the Auditory Filter
The Excitation Pattern
Psychophysical Tuning Curves and Suppression
Masking by Fluctuating Sounds
Masking and Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Clinical Implications of Masking
Summary and Take-Home Points

Chapter 4. Loudness and the Perception of Intensity
Learning Objectives
Acoustics: Intensity and the Decibel
Physiological Representation of Stimulus Level
Loudness Perception
Calculating Loudness
Reaction Time as a Measure of Loudness
Intensity Discrimination
Effects of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Loudness
Summary and Take-Home Points

Chapter 5. Temporal Processing
Learning Objectives
Temporal Resolution: Gap Detection
Temporal Resolution: Amplitude Modulation Detection
Temporal Masking
Comparison of Temporal Processing Measures
Temporal Integration
Effects of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Temporal Processing
Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorders (ANSD) on Temporal Processing
Summary and Take-Home Points

Chapter 6. Pitch Perception
Learning Objectives
Acoustics: Harmonic Complex Tones
Theories of Pitch Perception
Psychophysical Representations of the Place and Temporal Code
Pitch of Pure Tones
Pitch of Complex Sounds
Importance of Pitch Perception in Everyday Listening
Pitch Perception in Listeners With SNHL
Summary and Take-Home Points

Chapter 7. Hearing with Two Ears
Learning Objectives
Binaural Advantages to Detection and Discrimination
Localization in the Horizontal Plane
Sound Localization in the Median Plane
Binaural Unmasking
Impact of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Binaural Hearing
Summary and Take-Home Points

Chapter 8. Psychoacoustics and Advanced Clinical Auditory Assessment
Learning Objectives
Dead Regions
Retrocochlear Assessment
Identification of Non-Organic Hearing Loss
Tinnitus Evaluation
Auditory Processing Disorder

Chapter 9. Improving Auditory Perception for Listeners With Hearing Loss
Learning Objectives
Conventional Hearing Aids
Cochlear Implants
Summary and Take-Home Points


Jennifer J. Lentz

Jennifer J. Lentz, PhD received a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Iowa and an MS (1996) and PhD (1998) from the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering. Her dissertation research involved applying psychoacoustic and modeling techniques to normal auditory perception. She then completed her postdoctoral training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she evaluated auditory perception in listeners with sensorineural hearing loss. In 2002, she began at Indiana University, where she is now a professor and the department chair. She has published numerous articles on the perceptual consequences of sensorineural hearing loss and is currently an editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and an associate editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. In 2014, the Acoustical Society of America elected her to fellow of the society "for contributions on hearing loss and the perception of complex sound."

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