About The Book

In the foreword, Dr. Robert Burkard states, “If you are looking for a clinical cookbook on how to diagnose and treat those with (central) auditory processing disorders (CAPD), you should not read this book. This book is much less than a clinical cookbook, and much, much more.” Featuring contributions from a stellar team of expert contributors in the areas of audiology, psychology, anatomy, neuroscience, imaging science, and epidemiology, this new book addresses major controversies in the field of auditory processing and its disorders. The contributors consider a range of topics including the history of the field, contemporary anatomical models, auditory processing streams, neuroplasticity, professional models, modality specificity, music perception and its disorders, speech recognition, aging, educational outcomes, tinnitus, and auditory neuropathy.

About The Authors

Anthony T. Cacace, PhD, is an audiologist and research professor of communication sciences and disorders at Wayne State University. He was staff scientist at the Advanced Imaging Center, the Neurosciences Institute, Department of Neurology, and was director of oto-neurological research in the Division of Otolaryngology at Albany Medical College before transitioning to Wayne State University. Dr. Cacace’s interests include auditory processing disorders, psychoacoustics, electroacoustics (otoacoustic emissions, middle ear power reflectance), electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and tinnitus.

Dennis J. McFarland, PhD is a psychologist and senior research scientist in the Laboratory of Nervous System Disorders at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Health Department. He has studied behavioral effects of viruses and environmental toxicants on the nervous system and is currently involved in the Brain-to-Computer interface project.

Table Of Contents

  • Foreword
    Robert F. Burkard, Ph.D.
  • The Concept of Auditory Processing Disorder
    A Brief History
    James F. Jerger, Ph.D.
  • Organization of the Central Auditory Pathways in Nonhuman Primates and Humans
    Troy A. Hackett, Ph.D.
  • Speech and Auditory Processing in the Cortex: Evidence from Functional Neuroimaging
    Frank Eisner, Ph.D. and Sophie K. Scott, Ph.D.
  • Cortical Processing Streams and Central Auditory Plasticity
    Josef Rauschecker, Ph.D., Sc.D.
  • Imaging Gray Matter Structure in Living Humans: Implications for Understanding Auditory Processing
    Jennifer Melcher, Ph.D.
  • Models of Central Auditory Processing Abilities and Disorders
    Dennis J. McFarland, Ph.D. and Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D.
  • Challenges in CAPD: An Epidemiological Perspective
    Karen J. Cruickshanks, Ph.D.
  • Issues in the Assessment of Auditory Processing in Older Adults
    Larry E. Humes
  • Speech-in-Noise Measures as Necessary Components of Routine Audiological Evaluations and Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluations
    Richard H. Wilson, Ph.D. and Rachel McArdle, Ph.D.
  • Controversies in Standardization of Auditory Processing Tests
    Robert W. Keith, Ph.D.
  • Putting the Auditory Processing Back into Auditory Processing Disorder in Children
    Justin Cowan, Ph.D., Stuart Rosen, Ph.D., and David R. Moore, Ph.D.
  • Modality Specificity and Auditory Processing Disorders
    Dennis J. McFarland, Ph.D. and Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D
  • Associations Between Auditory Abilities, Reading, and Other Language Skills in Children and Adults
    Charles S. Watson, Ph.D. and Gary R. Kidd, Ph.D.
  • Music Perception and Recognition Disorders
    Simone Della Balla, Ph.D.
  • The Dynamic Brainstem: Implications for Auditory Processing Disorder
    Karen Banai, Ph.D. and Nina Kraus, Ph.D.
  • Tinnitus as a Central Auditory Processing Disorder
    Dirk De Ridder, M.D., Ph.D., Tomas Menovsky, M.D., Ph.D., and Paul H. Van de Heyning, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Auditory Neuropathy: Bridging the Gap Between Basic Science and Current Clinical Concerns
    Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D. and Robert H. Burkard, Ph.D.


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