The challenge of teaching students pure tone audiometry is that whilst core principles can be delivered in the classroom, a deeper understanding of audiological testing only arises from practice. Yet, if left unguided in this practice, trainee audiologists can fail to grasp more complex concepts. This is something that the authors of this text have attempted to address in producing a series of guided exercises to support the development of independent learning in audiology.
This second edition includes a new chapter on otoacoustic emissions and common pitfalls encountered by junior clinicians.
The exercises alone are enough to make this text a useful resource for students, new graduates and education providers. It is enhanced even more by the summary of the relevant science that precedes the tasks. Chapters include tasks tailored to the topic, often with observation, guided practice and reflection elements. This won’t replace a standard textbook in terms of providing students with a thorough understanding of the basic science, but that is not its intention. The authors focus on simplifying the steps in practical procedures and linking these steps to a broad understanding of each clinical test.
The authors have been generous in their provision of online material, including case studies and videos of clinical procedures, that accompanies the purchase of this text. With that in mind, the price of the book at $69.95, is quite reasonable. A note for UK-based readers, the principles covered here generally translate well to a global audience, but it may at times not reflect BSA recommended procedures or UK conventions. Still, this workbook will supplement traditional teaching methods well, particularly for clinical placement students and early career audiologists.