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From The CriticsReviewer: Diane M Brewer, MA (George Washington University)
Description: This is a basic textbook written for undergraduates on electricity and electronic equipment used in speech and hearing. This is the third edition of a book first published 12 years ago.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with a basic understanding of major pieces of instrumentation in speech and hearing clinics and laboratories. There is a need for a simple introductory book and this one meets the author's objectives.
Audience: The book was originally written for undergraduate students, but it is equally suited for beginning graduate students in speech and hearing. The author's interest in instrumentation and the desire to help students overcome anxiety and have an interest in instrumentation is the motivation for writing the book.
Features: A chapter giving a simple explanation of basic electricity begins the book. Subsequent chapters discuss classes of instrumentation: transducers, spectrum analyzers, amplifiers, attenuators, filters, tape recorders, and sound level meters. Two chapters cover combining equipment in arrays and interfacing laboratory equipment. All chapters are relatively brief and simply written. Most end with practical exercises to reinforce material and a list of key terms. Further readings on each topic are provided for those who wish to develop a more advanced understanding of the material. The book finishes with a glossary of terms.
Assessment: This book is brief and simply and clearly written. It reviews major categories of instrumentation commonly used in the field of speech and hearing and gives clear explanations of major terms. It will be very useful to the beginning student in speech and hearing for both clinical work and research. This updated edition is welcome due to the constant changes in technology.