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From The CriticsReviewer: Diane M Brewer, MA (George Washington University)
Description: This book provides comprehensive coverage of the field of audiology. It updates and expands upon the 1994 edition.
Purpose: The author suggests that the purpose is to provide a broad authoritative and readable account of current audiologic thought and practice. There remains a need for a comprehensive audiology text to provide understanding to students and serve as reference for practicing audiologists. This new edition is needed to update the rapidly expanding field of audiology.
Audience: The book is written for both students as a text and for the practicing audiologist as a reference. The use of associate editors and many contributors who are leading experts in their areas provides a voice of authority to the text.
Features: The handbook covers a vast range of material important to the field of audiology. The book is organized in sections covering behavioral tests, physiologic tests, special populations and management of hearing disorders. The use of contributors who are experts in the particular subject matter in their chapter makes for a timely, current view of the material. The new edition has a large number of new contributors and expanded/updated coverage of newer physiologic tests, hearing aids and management of special populations. The book is written in clear language accessible to a student while also providing the currency and references useful to the practicing audiologist.
Assessment: This stands alone as a comprehensive book in audiology. This new edition is welcome as the field is rapidly expanding and changing. Although there are other books in audiology that provide more depth of coverage in a particular area, there is no other that so admirably surveys the field.