About the Book

Special Topics is the third book in a three-book series focused on Translational Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience.

The book interweaves both basic and applied research, and hence provides “translational” perspectives on “hot topics” in hearing science.

The first book in the series is Normal Aspects of Hearing.

The second book is Hearing Across the Lifespan-Assessment and Disorders and provides “translational” perspectives on current topics in hearing science.

About the Authors

Kelly Tremblay, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University at Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a MSc in Audiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her interest in hearing science began in Colorado, as an audiologist who worked with hearing aid and cochlear implant users. Interested in auditory rehabilitation, she returned to school to learn more about the neuroscience underlying rehabilitation. She completed a PhD at Northwestern University, followed by post-doctoral training at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, California.

As a clinician and neuroscientist, Kelly Tremblay uses her training in neuroscience to better understand some of the everyday listening difficulties people with hearing loss describe. Because the typical person with a hearing loss is usually older and has been deprived of sound for some time, Dr. Tremblay’s scholarly interests include defining the effects of aging and hearing loss on the brain. Another research interest of hers is to determine if auditory training can be used to improve the neural representation of acoustic cues transmitted by the ear to the cortex. She has published numerous papers and book chapters on these topics, and has received grant awards from many organizations including the National Institutes of Health. She has served as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Audiology, an Assistant Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, and a Section Editor for the journal Ear and Hearing.

Robert Burkard, Ph.D., CCC-A is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo.  His research interests include calibration, auditory electrophysiology (in particular, auditory evoked potentials), vestibular/balance function/dysfunction, functional imaging and aging. His professional interests include health care economics and interprofessional education/practice.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1. Current Issues in Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

  • Kevin K. Ohlemiller

Chapter 2. Current Issues in Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

  • Linda J. Hood and Thierry Morlet

Chapter 3. Time and Timing in Audition: Some Current Issues in Auditory Temporal Processing

  • Dennis P. Phillips

Chapter 4. Translational Perspectives: Current Issues in Inner Ear Regeneration

  • Jennifer S. Stone and Clifford R. Hume

Chapter 5. Current Issues in Tinnitus

  • Jos J. Eggermont

Chapter 6. Current Issues in Auditory Plasticity and Auditory Training

  • Kelly Tremblay and David Moore


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