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June 1981

Speech Protocols in Audiology

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Portland, Ore

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(6):397. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790420071020

Speech Protocols in Audiology is an excellent review of the current state of the art in speech audiometric techniques. The key notion that "there is no one route to audiological heaven" is kept well in focus, making for a very healthy eclectic approach.

The need to provide a reliable and creditable measure of a handicap, where hearing and the understanding of speech are concerned, is emphasized throughout the book. There is much conscientious scrutiny of word lists, monosyllabic words, competing sentences, and other devices, in an earnest effort to find those most reliable tests of speech perception.

A strong case is made for the need of speech assessment techniques. The potential severity of hearing problems was best articulated by Ralph Rupp when he said, "It is not the hearing loss itself that handicaps the person; rather the true demoralizing facet comes from not knowing what is going on in the

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