Psychoacoustics: Perception of Normal and Impaired Hearing with Audiology Applications.

First Edition

Jennifer J. Lentz

Details: 238 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-989-7

© 2020 | Available

Psychoacoustics: Perception of Normal and Impaired Hearing with Audiology Applications provides an overview of the field of psychoacoustics, with a primary focus on auditory perception. 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. Psychoacoustics is ideal for graduate students in audiology 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.

Each chapter presents self-contained information related to the acoustics, physiology, and methodologies as they apply to the topic being discussed. Chapters include the following: introduction, relevant acoustics, important physiological studies, perception by normal-hearing listeners, and perception by listeners who have sensorineural hearing loss. The final chapter discusses clinical implications of deficits in perceptual abilities by listeners with sensorineural hearing loss. Because psychoacoustics is intimately integrated into clinical audiology, this chapter also includes a discussion of many of the clinical tests and practices that have evolved directly from psychoacoustic experimentation.

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.
  • The text emphasizes applied learning for more effective and efficient learning of the material.
  • A PluralPlus companion website contains PowerPoint lecture slides, and lab exercises and demonstrations so that students may develop their understanding of psychoacoustic topics and instructors can facilitate that learning.

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, speaks with Jennifer J. Lentz about psychoacoustics in The Hearing Review. Read the interview here.


"The book contains all essential issues of modern psychoacoustics and hearing sciences. Every chapter provides "take-home points" and "exercises," which will be extremely helpful for both instructors and students. All chapters also discuss sensory neural hearing loss cases, which are unique and helpful for AuD students."
Inyong Choi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa 

"This book continually engages students with clinical relevance to the topic of each chapter. Each chapter provides physiological correlates with the given psychoacoustic issues, so that students can have broad knowledge of hearing science."
Bomjun J. Kwon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Hearing, Speech and Language, Gallaudet University 

"As it intends, the book would indeed serve as an excellent text for a course within a university audiology programme or as an extended segment in a broader course. The chapters make handy modules, and the format is something of an instant syllabus – just add students! The end-of-chapter questions are extensive; to answer all of them requires both an understanding and application of the knowledge introduced. The format takes those within audiological circles from the familiar and concrete – the measuring of thresholds in quiet – through to the more foreign and ambiguous – the manifold perceptions of pitch and phenomena of binaural hearing."
—William M Whitmer, PhD, in ENT & Audiology News (September 2020)


Chapter 1. History
Chapter 2. Estimating Threshold in Quiet
Chapter 3. Estimating Thresholds in Noise (Masking)
Chapter 4. Loudness and the Perception of Intensity
Chapter 5. Temporal Processing
Chapter 6. Pitch Perception
Chapter 7. Hearing with Two Ears
Chapter 8. Clinical Implications


Jennifer J. Lentz

Jennifer J. Lentz, PhD, holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa and an MS and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation research involved applying psychoacoustic and modeling techniques to auditory perception in listeners with normal hearing. She then completed her postdoctoral training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she evaluated auditory perception in listeners with sensorineural hearing loss. She is now a professor at Indiana University and has taught psychoacoustics to audiology students for more than 20 years. During her time at IU, she has continued to research the perceptual consequences of sensorineural hearing loss. She has served as the department chair and as an associate editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and Frontiers in Psychology. 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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