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Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders of the Auditory System

Third Edition
Aage R. Møller
432 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Hardcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Hearing: Anatomy, Physiology and Disorders of the Auditory System, Third Edition, provides detailed information about the anatomy and physiology of the entire auditory system and describes important aspects of disorders of the middle ear, the cochlea, and the nervous system in a comprehensive manner.

It has become apparent that the function of the ear affects the function of the auditory nervous system, and that pathologies of the peripheral parts of the auditory system can affect the function of the nervous system, and vice versa. The classical separation of the auditory system in peripheral and central parts is therefore no longer valid.

This book integrates descriptions of disorders of the ear and the nervous system and provides a comprehensive coverage of anatomy and physiology of the entire auditory system; it also introduces the role of neural plasticity in creating symptoms of diseases of hearing such as tinnitus, hyperacusis and phonophobia. A separate chapter discuses cochlear and auditory brainstem implants.


  • Samuel R. Atcherson, University of Arkansas, International Journal of Audiology (2015):
    "Most unique about this book for the field of audiology is the in-depth, yet accessible coverage of auditory physiology and the promotion of understanding for how various hearing-related disorders can be partly explained by changes in neural expression and plasticity... All throughout this book, the reader will benefit from carefully chosen chapter subheadings and figures to break up the text and highlight key concepts for readability and comprehension. Assets of the book are a list of abbreviations and a chapter on cochlear and brainstem implants, as well as separate appendices covering definitions in anatomy, hearing conservation programs, and neural plastity. The reader will also benefit from a numbered abstract listing of key concepts at the beginning of each chapter...

    I especially appreciate in this book the greater emphasis on auditory physiology and its tie-in with hearing disorders compared to similar books on the market. This book is well written and organized, and should make an excellent textbook for graduate students in audiology, both beginner and intermediate... The book will also be useful for practicing audiologists who would benefit from an update and for psychologists and psychiatrists interested in the study of tinnitus and hyperactive disorders. Already, I can see how this one book could be used in at least four of the courses that I teach in an Au.D. program, which could help students to reduce the cost of their education expense.

    I want to commend Dr. Møller for this work, which I believe will be a wonderful addition to the libraries of many students and practitioners. Improving our collective understanding of the central auditory nervous system will no doubt aid in the advancement and progress of audiology and related fields. Simply put, hearing is more than just the ears."

Preface vii
Introduction ix
List of Abbreviations xi
Section I. The Ear 1
Chapter 1. Anatomy of the Ear 3
Chapter 2. Sound Conduction to the Cochlea 23
Chapter 3. Physiology of the Cochlea 49
Chapter 4. Sound-Evoked Electrical Potentials in the Cochlea 69
Section II. The Auditory Nervous System 87
Chapter 5. Anatomy of the Auditory Nervous System 91
Chapter 6. Physiology of the Auditory Nervous System 115
Chapter 7. Evoked Potentials from the Nervous System 191
Chapter 8. Acoustic Middle Ear Reflex 241
Section III. Disorders of the Auditory System and Their Pathophysiology 257
Chapter 9. Hearing Impairment 261
Chapter 10. Hyperactive Disorders of the Auditory System 321
Chapter 11. Cochlear and Brainstem Implants 341
Appendix A. Definitions in Anatomy 359
Appendix B. Hearing Conservation Programs 361
Appendix C. Neural Plasticity 375
References 379
Index 407

About The Author

Aage R. Møller

Aage R. Møller, PhD (D. Med. Sci.) is Professor of Cognition and Neuroscience and MF Jonsson Endowed Chair in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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