Speech Audiometry

First Edition

Gary D. Lawson, Mary Peterson

Details: 192 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-370-3

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Like other volumes in the Core Clinical Concepts in Audiology SeriesSpeech Audiometry is designed to be particularly helpful and appealing to students and clinicians. It provides a single, easy to manage volume that provides broad coverage of speech audiometry and masking in clinical protocols. In addition to providing appropriate background information, the coverage presents a broad spectrum of assessment tools ranging from traditional to modern. Procedures in this book will assist clinicians in determining differential diagnosis, assessing auditory processing ability, identifying pseudohypacusis, determining cochlear implant candidacy, predicting hearing aid benefit, and counseling.

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, speaks with Dr. Lawson about his textbook on speech audiometry, critical differences in word recognition scores, dynamic range of speech, and more. Read the article from The Hearing Review here.


"It is well organized and clearly presented, starting with a concise overview of speech acoustics and calibration. As a single user-friendly guide to the topic it would be a genuinely useful addition to an audiology department."
Carl Verschuur, MSc PhD RCS, Hearing and Balance Centre, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of South Hampton, Highfield, Southampton, UK., ENT & Audiology News (March/April 2013)

1. Introduction
Highlights from the History of Speech Audiometry in the U.S.
Preview of Chapters

2. Brief Overview of Speech Acoustics
Speech Sound Production and Classification
Time (Duration and Rate)
Linguistic Constraints
Closing Comments

3. Preparation for Testing
Familiarization with the Audiometer
Output Transducers and their Placement
The Test Environment
Closing Comments

4. Traditional Measurements in Speech Audiometry
Speech Thresholds
Speech Recognition and Identification Performance
Selected Factors that Affect Test Results
Interpreting Word Recognition Scores
Closing Comments

5. Masking in Speech Audiometry
Masker Noises Used in Speech Audiometry
Masking Terms and Concepts
Clinical Masking Methods
Closing Comments

6. Assessment for Differential Diagnosis
Interpreting Test Results
Clinical Decision Analysis: An Introduction
Closing Comments

7. Assessment of Auditory Processing Disorders
Historical Background
General Guidelines for Assessment of APD
Speech Tests Used for APD Screening
Speech Tests Used in Diagnostic APD Battery
Other Tests that may be included in the APD test battery
Concluding Comments

8. Assessment of Pseudohypacusis
What is Pseudohypacusis?
Using Speech Materials to Investigate Suspicions
Concluding Comments

9. Use of Speech Stimuli for Hearing Aid Evaluations and to Optimize Hearing Aid Fittings
An Historical Perspective on Hearing Aid Fittings
Evidence-Based Protocol for Hearing Aid Fittings
Closing Comments

10. Assessment to Determine Cochlear Implant Candidacy
Medical Evaluation
Audiological Evaluation
Speech Perception Testing with Adults
Commonly Used Speech Perception Test Materials
Assessment of Speech-Reading Ability
Speech Perception Testing with a Child (5-18 years of age)
Speech Perception Testing with a Very Young Child (12-48 months)
Closing Comments


Gary D. Lawson

Gary D. Lawson, PhD, is a Professor and coordinator of the AuD program in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University. After earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee, he served in the United States Army and then worked as a television director. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. at Michigan State University. Professor Lawson has worked at three universities and in a public school system. He has worked at Western for over 30 years. His experiences include academic and clinical teaching, coordination of clinical services and practicum, participation in clinical research in a grant funded program for hearing impaired children, provision of audiologic services, and consulting in a variety of settings. Aside from speech audiometry his current professional interests include hearing loss prevention for those working in noisy environments, the use of audition in independent travel by those with blindness or low vision, and speech perception by those with hearing loss. He enjoys being around students and having a physically active life style when not at work.v

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Mary Peterson

Dr. Peterson is an audiologist with 23 years of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. She received her master’s degree in 1986 and her doctor of audiology degree in 2007.

She joined the clinical faculty at Western Michigan University in 2005, where she teaches courses in geriatric and rehabilitative audiology and in cochlear implants in the Doctor of Audiology program. She also works with students in their clinical experience in the audiology clinic at the university. Dr. Peterson continues to be actively involved in the dispensing of hearing aids, evaluation of individuals with auditory processing disorders, and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing loss, including cochlear implant recipients.

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Brad Stach Ph.D., Series Editor

The Core Clinical Concepts Series provides graduate students and inquiring practitioners with practical materials for development of fundamental clinical knowledge and skills for audiology practice. This series consists of texts pertaining to core clinical concepts and practice methods, as well as supplementary materials designed to engage readers in active learning via application of concepts. Currently available audiology texts commonly provide exhaustive examination of broad topic areas, necessary for advanced scholarship. Not widely available are pedagogical materials that provide students with clear, accessible, and effective instruction in fundamental concepts and clinical methods and protocols of audiology. The Core Clinical Concepts in Audiology Series answers this need through its unique approach, organization, and style, designed to promote successful learning of students and professionals. Books in the Core Clinical Concepts Series are:

  • Concise. The succinct construction of series texts allows readers to efficiently acquire essential concepts and skills.
  • Consistent. The uniformity of text organization and style allows readers to effectively utilize familiar and reasoned organization of texts.
  • Comprehensive. Bundled thematic sets provide readers with thorough coverage of specific topic areas.
  • Integrated. Workbooks, case studies, and laboratory exercises provide opportunities for reflection, application, and assessment of learned information. These materials are designed to increase depth of reader learning by application of knowledge in a variety of contexts.

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