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March 1972

A Workbook in Clinical Audiometry

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(3):286-287. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080428024

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This volume places emphasis on audiological management of the patient and the patient's attitudes rather than upon technical aspects of this field. The author stresses the need for empathy in our clinical relationships, and cautions the beginning student against "testing an ear, rather than a person." The text is designed as a guide for beginning students in speech pathology and special education, or for audiometric technicians and school nurses.

The writing is clever, and the book is filled with anecdotes and humor that make it easy reading. Its strong points are in describing interview and counseling techniques, including an appendix entitled, "Narrowing the Information Gap," between the patient and clinician. The author's emphasis on understanding an individual's communication impairment as related to hearing loss is incontestable.

However, from this reviewer's viewpoint, understanding the patient's point of view does not decrease the importance of the "technical aspects" in audiological testing. Reducing

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