About The Book

This updated, second edition of The Auditory System: Anatomy, Physiology, and Clinical Correlates remains an essential text for audiology students and clinicians. The text is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the anatomy and physiology of the central and peripheral auditory systems. Readers will benefit from the important link between science and clinical practice, with integrated clinical correlates found in each chapter.

Key Features

  • Presents balanced coverage of both the peripheral and central auditory systems
  • Integrated clinical correlates establish the link between science and practice
  • Substantial use of review articles and secondary sources enhances general understanding
  • Numerous anatomical sketches and photographs supplement learning

New to this Edition

  • A newly designed color interior and many full color images provide increased readability
  • A new chapter providing an overview of normal development of the auditory system, plasticity of the central auditory system, and aging effects on the peripheral and central auditory systems
  • A number of new illustrations
  • New and updated information on synaptic ribbons, neuropharmacology of cochlear function, cryoloop cooling, and the vascular network of the brainstem
  • Updated references, review articles, and readings
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website that includes PowerPoint lecture slides and an image bank

About The Authors

Frank E. Musiek, PhD, CCC-A, is Professor and Director of the NeuroAudiology Lab, Dept. of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences University of Arizona. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut and former Professor and Director of Audiology at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Jane A. Baran, PhD is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her primary research and clinical interests are in the areas of (central) auditory processing disorders, auditory evoked potentials, and neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the auditory system. She is coauthor of three books, Neuroaudiology: Case Studies, The Auditory System: Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Correlates, and Disorders of the Auditory System. In addition, she has authored or co-authored a number of journal articles and book chapters in the areas of normal and disordered auditory processing, language processing, auditory evoked potentials, and auditory neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. She has presented numerous research papers and educational workshops at regional, national, and internationals meetings. Dr. Baran is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the 2001 Recipient of the Clinical Educators Award from the American Academy of Audiology, a 2005 Recipient of a Recognition Award for Special Contributions to Higher Education from ASHA, and the 2013 Recipient of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology Editor’s Award. She also is one of a select group of scholars to receive the Carnegie National Scholar Fellowship Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.


Table Of Contents

Chapter 1. Overview of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System
Introduction to the Auditory System
The Peripheral Auditory System
The Central Auditory System
The Cochlear Nucleus
Vascular Anatomy and Related Functions
The Efferent System
Neurotransmission in the Auditory System
Normal Development, Compensatory Plasticity, and Aging Effects

Chapter 2. The External Ear: Its Structure and Function
Functions of the Outer Ear

Chapter 3. Anatomy and Physiology of the Middle Ear
Functions of the Middle Ear

Chapter 4. Functional Anatomy of the Cochlea
Overview of the Temporal Bone
Osseous (Bony) Cochlea
Membranous Cochlea and Related Structures
Organ of Corti

Chapter 5. Cochlear Physiology I: Mostly Mechanics
The Traveling Wave (TW)
Hair Cell Mechanics

Chapter 6. Cochlear Physiology II: Mostly Electrophysiology
Richard J. Salvi, Ann Clock Eddins, and Jian Wang
With updated revisions for the current edition provided by Tony Sahley
Cochlear Organization
Gross Cochlear Potentials
Hair Cell Receptor Potentials
Otoacoustic Emissions

Chapter 7. Structure and Function of the Auditory Nerve
Anatomy of the Auditory Nerve
Physiology of the Auditory Nerve

Chapter 8. The First Central Auditory Structure: The Cochlear Nucleus
Anatomy of the Cochlear Nucleus
Physiology of the Cochlear Nucleus

Chapter 9. Superior Olivary Complex
Anatomy of the Superior Olivary Complex
Physiology of the Superior Olivary Complex
The Acoustic Reflex

Chapter 10. The Lateral Lemniscus and Inferior Colliculus
Anatomy of the Lateral Lemniscus
Physiology of the Lateral Lemniscus
Anatomy of the Inferior Colliculus
Physiology of the Inferior Colliculus

Chapter 11. The Medial Geniculate Body and Auditory Thalamus
Anatomy of the Medial Geniculate Body and the Auditory Thalamus
Physiology of the Medial Geniculate Body and the Auditory Thalamus

Chapter 12. The Auditory Cortex and Subcortex
Anatomy of the Auditory Cortex and Subcortex
Physiology of the Auditory Cortex and Subcortex

Chapter 13. The Corpus Callosum and Auditory Interhemispheric Function
Anatomy of the Corpus Callosum and Interhemispheric Neural Pathways
Physiology of the Corpus Callosum and Interhemispheric Neural Pathways

Chapter 14. Vascular Anatomy of the Auditory System
Vascular Anatomy of the Auditory Periphery

Chapter 15. The Efferent System
Overview of the Efferent System
The Rostral Efferent System
The Caudal Efferent System

Chapter 16. Normal Development, Auditory System Plasticity, and Aging Effects
Development of the Auditory System
Auditory System Plasticity
Aging Effects on the Auditory System


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