Principles of Diagnostic Audiometry: An up-to-date review


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Course Description

The goal of diagnostic audiometry is to define the extent of hearing impairment, and the likely anatomic site(s) of dysfunction within the auditory system. Diagnostic hearing assessment is an essential first step in the medical and non-medical management of patients. With clinical techniques available in audiology today, it is possible to describe peripheral and central auditory function rather precisely across the age span, and even in young children.

Beginning with a brief historical overview, this lecture provides an introduction to behavioral and objective electrophysiological clinical procedures for auditory assessment. Test batteries for efficient and accurate diagnosis of hearing impairment in children and adults are described. The role of physicians and other health care providers in initiating diagnostic testing, and properly interpreting the findings is emphasized.

The course is supplemented by other AIBEF courses that provide information on anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, diagnosis of infant hearing loss, and differential diagnosis of specific auditory disorders (e.g., auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder).

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the goal of diagnostic Audiology
  • List behavioral procedures for the assessment of auditory function
  • List electrophysiological procedures for the assessment of auditory function

Course Details

Presenter: James W. Hall, III, Ph.D.

James W. Hall III, Ph.D. received a Bachelor's degree in biology from American International College, a Masters degree from Northwestern University and, in 1979, his Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine under the direction of Dr. James Jerger. Since then, he has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers, including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas Medical School-Houston, and Vanderbilt University. [more details]

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