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September 27, 1971

Audiological Assessment

Author Affiliations

Louisiana State University New Orleans

JAMA. 1971;217(13):1870-1871. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190130072040

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This book has much to recommend it for the otolaryngologist, the pediatrician, gerontologist, beginning audiologist, rehabilitation specialist, and educator. Although marred by many typographical and bibliographic citation errors, there are sections of this book that may become important milestones in audiologic literature; these include the chapter by Studebaker and Brandy on industrial and military audiology and the truly exceptional chapter, "Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Profound Hearing Loss," by Vernon and Mindel.

Also worthy of special note are the chapters on hearing aids, electroencephalic audiometry, differential audiology, pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and otologic assessment and treatment. However, middle ear impedance and tympanometry were not discussed, a serious omission for audiologists and otolaryngologists.

Otolaryngologists should particularly appreciate the section on hearing aids and their selection, and on the industrial and military aspects of audiology. By contrast, the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system is covered far better in many other