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Translational Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience
Normal Aspects of Hearing

Kelly L. Tremblay, Robert F. Burkard, PhD
488 pages, Color Illustrations (4 Color), Hardcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Normal Aspects of Hearing is the first book in a three-book series focused on Translational Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience.

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, interviews Dr. Tremblay for the AAA website. Read the interview here.

The book starts out with a chapter on acoustics, and the rest of the book focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central auditory systems in a rather traditional manner: from caudal through rostral levels, ending with the descending auditory system. Note that these chapters, for the most part, review topic areas that are best considered basic research and are not translational in nature. However, the final section attempts to tie perception to the underlying physiologic responses, and chapters are parsed into stimulus factors (such as intensity, frequency, binaural stimulation, and complex sounds).

The second book in the series is Hearing Across the Life Span - Assessment and Disorders.

The third book in the series is Special Topics and provides "translational" perspectives on current topics in hearing science.

All three books in the series are also available to purchase as a bundle.

To view information about books 1 and 2, or the bundle, click on the "Related Titles" tab above.


  • Anthony T. Cacase, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Wayne State University, International Journal of Audiology (November 2014):
    "The highlight of this book is the stellar array of authors chosen to write chapters. Each is a world-renowned scientist and noted expert in the domains of audiology, auditory neuroscience, biology, and/or engineering and each has dominated their respective topic areas for many years and for the majority, have decades of research leadership. The editors have succeeded admirably in their selection of authors and topical material. As a result, this book solidifies the knowledge base contained in these various areas and allows the readership to thoroughly enjoy and learn from the science contained therein. The majority of chapters are supplemented by original figures; most of which are well planned out, beautifully executed, and for the most part, easy to follow. With respect to the chapters on anatomy and physiology written by Professors Rosowski, Harrison, May, Guinan, Møller, Brugge and the other notable contributors, what comes to mind is elegant science combined with comprehensive descriptions, theoretical accounts, and when appropriate, clinical perspectives. Fortunately for us, the authors of these chapters do not disappoint; this is the type of excellent science writing that will endure the test-of-time and no doubt, will evolve into classic works that will set the standard for many years to come. In sum, this book is a state-of-the-art review of normal auditory processes in the areas of anatomy, physiology, and perception. It is a must read for graduate students in audiology, psychology, and neuroscience; and for medical students and residents in Neurology, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, and Neurosurgery, and engineers interested in this topic. It is now on my bookshelf and I plan to use it extensively for many years to come. The editors should be congratulated on their thoughtful and well-balanced exposé on auditory neuroscience. The authors of the individual chapters are also praiseworthy in terms of their clear presentations and comprehensive coverage of their respective topics. Overall, the authors continue to execute at a high level; as would be expected from scientists of their caliber."

1. Introduction
Kelly Tremblay and Robert Burkard
2. Physics of Sound
Robert Burkard and Kathleen McNerney

Section I – Anatomy and Physiology
3. Peripheral Anatomy and Physiology—Outer and Middle Ear
John Rosowski
4. Anatomy and Physiology of the Cochlea
Robert V. Harrison
5. Peripheral Anatomy and Physiology
Laurel H. Carney
6. Central Anatomy and Physiology—Cochlear Nuclei
Aage Moller
7. The Superior Olivary Complex
Shigeyuki Kuwada and Tom C. T. Yin
8. The Lateral Lemniscus and Inferior Colliculus
Bradford J. May
9. The Medical Geniculate Body
Edward L. Bartlett
10. Auditory Cortex—Anatomy and Physiology
John F. Brugge
11. Efferent System
John J. Guinan, Jr.

Section II – Functioning Systems: Physiological Correlates of Perception
12. Perceptual Correlates of Frequency Coding in the Auditory System
Andrew J. Oxenham and Magdalena Wojtczak
13. Intensity Coding Throughout the Auditory System
Michael G. Heinz
14. Binaural Hearing, Sound Localization, and Spatial Hearing
G. C. Stecker and F. J. Gallun
15. Complex Sound Encoding—Vowels and Consonants
Donal G. Sinex

About The Authors

Kelly L. Tremblay

Kelly L. Tremblay is a Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and an Affiliate of the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the University of Washington.

Robert F. Burkard, PhD

Professor and Chair, Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo.