The Hearing Sciences

Third Edition

Teri A. Hamill, Lloyd L. Price

Details: 637 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-94488-363-8

© 2019 | Available

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The Hearing Sciences, Third Edition addresses all topics critical to understanding the hearing sciences: acoustics, basic instrumentation, anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems, and psychoacoustics. The text is intended for undergraduate courses in hearing science and to augment the graduate AuD curriculum.

Basic and intermediate chapters are targeted to undergraduate students. Intermediate and advanced chapters are appropriate for AuD instruction. Advanced chapters summarize key points from introductory chapters, so assignment of those earlier chapters is not required if the student has previously had a survey course in hearing science. Direct relevance to clinical audiology is featured. For example, the text contains comprehensive explanation of the active mechanisms of the cochlea and relates this to otoacoustic emissions and hearing loss.

The writing is straightforward and clear. Each chapter includes an introduction, summary, and review questions. "Clinical Correlate" boxes engage the student by demonstrating the relationships between the hearing sciences and clinical audiology.

New to the Third Edition

  • An updated art program with more illustrations and images
  • A new chapter on advanced vestibular anatomy and physiology, and thorough updates to the prior vestibular content
  • Continued attention to conveying information in a straightforward manner while reflecting the current state of research
  • Key concepts bolded throughout for greater comprehension and accessibility
  • Review questions added to each chapter to ensure students grasp and retain the information
  • New larger trim size: 8.5" x 11"

Ancillary Materials for Instructors and Students
Instructor and student resources are available on a companion website created by the author at The site contains interactive tutorials to review the content, additional review questions, review games, useful links, and more. 

An image bank in PowerPoint format is available for instructors upon request using our Contact Us form at

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Chapter 1. Physical Properties of Sound
Chapter 2. Ratios, Logarithms, and Decibels
Chapter 3. Further Examination of Properties of Sound
Chapter 4. The Sine in Sine Waves, Other Types of Sound Waves, and Introduction to Filters and Frequency Analysis
Chapter 5. Impedance, Energy Transfer, and Resonance
Chapter 6. Electricity and Analog Systems
Chapter 7. Digital Systems and Digital Signal Processing
Chapter 8. Equipment Used in Audiology and Hearing Science


Chapter 9. Classification of Speech Sounds
Chapter 10. Acoustics of Speech


Chapter 11. Overview of Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear
Chapter 12. Introduction to the Conductive Mechanisms
Chapter 13. Introduction to the Physiology of the Outer and Middle Ear
Chapter 14. Bone-Conduction Hearing
Chapter 15. Advanced Conductive Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 16. Introduction to the Sensory Mechanics
Chapter 17. Advanced Study of the Anatomy of the Cochlea
Chapter 18. Introduction to Cochlear Physiology
Chapter 19. More Hair Cell Physiology
Chapter 20. Overview of Cochlear Potentials and the Auditory Nervous System
Chapter 21. Advanced Study of Cochlear and VIIIth Nerve Potentials
Chapter 22. How Frequency and Intensity Information Are Encoded
Chapter 23. The Efferent Auditory System
Chapter 24. Introduction to Peripheral Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 25. Introduction to Central Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 26. Advanced Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology


Chapter 27. Introduction to Psychoacoustics
Chapter 28. Classical Psychoacoustical Methodologies
Chapter 29. Signal Detection Theory and Advanced Adaptive Approaches
Chapter 30. Threshold of Hearing, Loudness Perception, Just Noticeable Difference for Loudness and Loudness Adaptation
Chapter 31. Calculating Loudness
Chapter 32. Basics of Pitch Perception
Chapter 33. Introduction to Masking
Chapter 34. More About Masking and Cochlear Frequency Distribution
Chapter 35. Psychophysical Tuning Curves
Chapter 36. Temporal Processing
Chapter 37. Temporal Masking
Chapter 38. Binaural Hearing
Chapter 39. Introduction to Results of Psychoacoustical Assessment of Persons With Hearing Impairment

Appendix A. The Math Needed to Succeed in Hearing Science
Appendix B. Answers to Review Questions

Teri A. Hamill

Teri A. Hamill, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA,  Professor Emeritus of Audiology at Nova Southeastern University, recently took early retirement. She had taught AuD students for 21 years at Nova Southeastern University, and taught at two other universities and was a hospital-based audiologist.

Dr. Hamill's knowledge of instrumentation was furthered by having worked with engineers: Her post-doctorate in 1987 to 1988 was with Project Phoenix/Nicolet, which produced a commercially unsuccessful fully digital hearing aid. Her knowledge of digital signal processing also comes from being married to a computer scientist.

Dr. Hamill retired in order to sail at least half the year on her antique Shannon 38 cutter-rigged sailboat, and to have more time to read about hair-cell physiology.

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Lloyd L. Price

Lloyd L. Price, PhD, is professor emeritus of audiology from Florida State University. He taught for more than 30 years and was Dr. Hamill's professor during her doctoral studies at Florida State University. In addition, his clinical background spanned more than nine years. Dr. Price drafted early versions of this text for use in his undergraduate classes, and sought to present hearing science information in an interesting and straight-forward manner. Now retired, Dr. Price and his wife live in Havana, Florida and travel, primarily to Europe.

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