Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals, Third Edition

David A DeBonis, PhD CCC-A ; Constance L Donohue, AuD CCC-A

  • $81.95
  • ISBN 10 1630915033
  • ISBN 13 978-1630915032
  • 450 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2020
  • Order# 25032

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For nearly 20 years, Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals has provided both the breadth of an introductory survey of audiology and the depth of a detailed textbook. Inside, Drs. David DeBonis and Constance Donohue have combined their years of work in clinical settings and their experience teaching audiology into a textbook intended to give students all the knowledge they’ll need in the most accessible and comprehensible format.

In this Third Edition, updates have been made to include the latest information on the most current topics in audiology, including cognition and hearing loss, pharmacology, central auditory processing disorders, wireless technology, hearing aid accessibility, tinnitus, genetics and biotechnology, and noise exposure.

New and updated inside the Third Edition:

  • Ethical considerations for audiologists
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Tinnitus
  • Evidence-based genetic counseling
  • The latest hearing aid technology
  • How to critically review evidence in literature and studies

With its extensive glossary, numerous case examples, chapter abstracts, learning objectives, and questions for discussion, Survey of Audiology is designed to support learning and reinforce key points in every way. The text also works to integrate the humanistic aspects of audiology with the scientific ones into holistic discussions of assessment and intervention. Through this approach, students will learn to always remember that there is a person behind each set of symptoms.

Instructors in educational settings can visit for additional material to be used for teaching in the classroom, such as PowerPoints and an instructor’s manual which includes test questions, sample course syllabi, and suggestions for classroom activities.

While aspiring audiologists will appreciate the depth of Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals, Third Edition, students of speech-language pathology and other health professions looking for a crash course in audiology will benefit from its readability and wide scope.

Dedication v
Acknowledgments xi
About the Authors xiii
Preface xv
Introduction xvii
Chapter 1 Audiology as a Scientific, Collaborative, and Humanistic Discipline
The Profession of Audiology
Audiology as a Humanistic Discipline
Recommendations for the Future
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 2 Acoustics of Sound and Preliminary Clinical Application
Acoustics Standards
What Is Sound?
Units of Measure
Application of Acoustic Concepts to Reading Audiograms and to Understanding the Listening Environment
Fundamental Pathways of Sound
Environmental Acoustics
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 3 Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System
Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Auditory System
Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Auditory System
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 4 Pure Tone Testing
Relationship Between Pure Tones and Perception of Speech Sounds
The Audiometer
Pure Tone Testing
Potential Pitfalls in Pure Tone Testing
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: How to Mask During Pure Tone Testing
Chapter 5 Speech Audiometry
Contributions of Speech Audiometry
Speech Audiometry Tests
Masking During Speech Audiometry
Other Issues in Speech Audiometry
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: Selected Tests of the Minimal Auditory Capabilities Battery
Appendix B: How to Mask During Speech Audiometry
Chapter 6 Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System
Acoustic Admittance Testing
Eustachian Tube Testing
Acoustic Reflex Thresholds
Otoacoustic Emissions
Auditory Evoked Potentials
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: Answers to Tympanogram Cases 1 to 4
Chapter 7 Disorders of the Auditory System
Selected Conditions That May Affect the Outer Ear
Selected Conditions That May Affect the Middle Ear
Selected Conditions That May Affect the Inner Ear
Selected Conditions That May Affect the Central Auditory System
Balance Disorders: Assessment and Management
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 8 Diagnostic Audiology With Children: Behavioral Methods
Auditory Development and Pediatric Audiology
Components of Auditory System Development
General Principles of Pediatric Audiological Assessment
Client-Specific Protocols for Audiological Assessment of Young Children
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: Suggestions for Parents of Children With Middle Ear Problems
Chapter 9 Assessment and Management of Special Populations
Older Adults
Individuals Who Are Deaf
Adults With Developmental Disabilities
People With Neurogenic Disorders
Individuals With Nonorganic Hearing Loss
Multicultural Issues
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: Considerations for Hearing Assessment and Case Management of Individuals Who Have Developmental Disabilities
Appendix B: Communication Strategies for Use in Individuals With Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 10 (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders in School-Age Children
Evidence Reviews and Clinical Practice
(Central) Auditory Processing Disorders
Nature and Development of Tests of (Central) Auditory Processing
Maturation and Plasticity of the (Central) Auditory Processing System
Traditional View of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder
Nontraditional View of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder
New Directions Regarding Auditory Processing
Helping Children Who Have (or Are Suspected of Having) an Auditory Processing Disorder
Final Remarks
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: Sample Case History Form for Auditory Processing Evaluation
Chapter 11 Screening
Definitions and Models
Decisions About the Screening Protocol
General Screening Components
Screening Protocols Across the Life Span
Recent Trends in Hearing Screenings
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: Sample Content to Include in Forms for Reporting Hearing Screening Results
Appendix B: Hearing Screening (Adults)
Appendix C: Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly
Chapter 12 Helping Individuals With Hearing Loss
Model of Aural Rehabilitation
Hearing Aid Amplification
Treatment Planning
Hearing Aid Selection and Fitting Process
Assistive Devices
Adult Aural Rehabilitation
Implantable Hearing Aids
Hearing Aids and Aural Rehabilitation in the Pediatric Population
Cochlear Implants
A Further Look at Diagnosis Through Aural Rehabilitation: Five Sample Cases
Questions for Discussion
Appendix A: Classroom and Educational Strategies for Consideration for Children With Hearing Loss

Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals, Third Edition Instructor’s Manual is also available from SLACK Incorporated. Don’t miss this important companion to Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals, Third Edition. To obtain the Instructor’s Manual, please visit


David A. DeBonis, PhD, CCC-A is a professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and a member of the audiology staff at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, New York. He has a master’s degree in ­audiology from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA and a PhD degree in educational psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. David has over 30 years of clinical experience and 25 years of college teaching experience. He has co-authored and authored articles in several journals, including the American Journal of Audiology and the International Journal of Audiology. In 2014, he was awarded the Thomas Manion Outstanding Faculty Award at The College of Saint Rose.

Constance L. Donohue, AuD, CCC-A is an audiologist and an adjunct faculty member at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Her experience includes nearly 20 years of teaching in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the college. Connie received a master’s degree in audiology and hearing impairment from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and a Doctor of Audiology degree from A. T. Still University of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa in 2013. Since 1998, Connie has worked in state government, including 15 years at the New York State Department of Health, where she helped establish and implement statewide newborn hearing screening. She currently serves as director of the Bureau of Early Intervention and oversees the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program.  

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