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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Brewer, MA (George Washington University)
Description: As the title states, this is a text on acoustics and physics for the audiologist.
Purpose: Many audiologists who come into the field have limited education in the mathematics and physics, which is necessary to understand the science of sound. The author provides background in math and physics needed to understand acoustics and then provides applications. This is a worthy objective in that this text strikes a balance between a text that is too simplistic and one which is so math/physics-based it becomes too difficult for the reader with limited mathematics and physical science background.
Audience: The acoustics text is written as a text preparatory to graduate study in audiology. It provides the foundation in hearing science needed to understand audiological applications.
Features: The book begins by reviewing basic concepts of physics. The next three chapters discuss vibrations, sound waves, sources of sound and nonsinusoidal waves. The remaining chapters are acoustical applications in audiology. There are chapters on sound measurement, impedance, calibration of equipment and test rooms and finally a chapter on hearing aids. Also provided are supplementary chapters with mathematics review and problems on the decibel. Each chapter has questions and exercises at the end with answers to problems in the back of the book. The text has some bias to British references, but this is an issue of minor importance.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource. The text provides a detailed explanation of the physics of sound and then provides applications in clinical audiology. This text should be useful to the study of hearing science prerequisite to graduate study of clinical audiology.