About The Book

Psychoacoustics: Perception of Normal and Impaired Hearing with Audiology Applications provides an overview of the field of psychoacoustics, with a primary focus on auditory perception. The influence of hearing loss on these general auditory abilities is discussed in every chapter. Components of the book also include the role of psychoacoustics in audiological assessment and treatment. Psychoacoustics is ideal for graduate students in audiology who intend on having a clinical career and need an understanding of both normal and impaired auditory perception. It is intended to give students sufficient information to understand how the ear achieves auditory perception, what the capabilities of the ear are, and how hearing loss influences that perception. It also provides students with a foundation for further study in the area and to apply psychoacoustic principles to diagnostic audiology and audiological rehabilitation.

Each chapter presents self-contained information related to the acoustics, physiology, and methodologies as they apply to the topic being discussed. Chapters include the following: introduction, relevant acoustics, important physiological studies, perception by normal-hearing listeners, and perception by listeners who have sensorineural hearing loss. The final chapter discusses clinical implications of deficits in perceptual abilities by listeners with sensorineural hearing loss. Because psychoacoustics is intimately integrated into clinical audiology, this chapter also includes a discussion of many of the clinical tests and practices that have evolved directly from psychoacoustic experimentation.

Key Features

  • Learning objectives and summaries begin and end each chapter to convey the goals of the text and review student comprehension.
  • Each chapter contains exercises designed to develop critical thinking about psychoacoustics.
  • The text emphasizes applied learning for more effective and efficient learning of the material.
  • A PluralPlus companion website contains PowerPoint lecture slides, and lab exercises and demonstrations so that students may develop their understanding of psychoacoustic topics and instructors can facilitate that learning.

About The Author

Jennifer J. Lentz, PhD received a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Iowa and an MS (1996) and PhD (1998) from the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering. Her dissertation research involved applying psychoacoustic and modeling techniques to normal auditory perception. She then completed her postdoctoral training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she evaluated auditory perception in listeners with sensorineural hearing loss. In 2002, she began at Indiana University, where she is now a professor and the department chair. She has published numerous articles on the perceptual consequences of sensorineural hearing loss and is currently an editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and an associate editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. In 2014, the Acoustical Society of America elected her to fellow of the society “for contributions on hearing loss and the perception of complex sound.”

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1. History
Chapter 2. Estimating Threshold in Quiet
Chapter 3. Estimating Thresholds in Noise (Masking)
Chapter 4. Loudness and the Perception of Intensity
Chapter 5. Temporal Processing
Chapter 6. Pitch Perception
Chapter 7. Hearing with Two Ears
Chapter 8. Clinical Implications


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