Comprehensive Dictionary of Audiology, Second Edition
RATING: (5 of 5 ears)
AUTHOR: Brad A. Stach, PhD
PUBLISHER: Delmar Learning
COST: US$29.95 (softcover)
REVIEWER: Peter Bruce, AuD, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Erie, Pennsylvania
SYNOPSIS: This is the second edition of Brad Stach's first Comprehensive Dictionary of Audiology. It provides definitions of over 7,000 terms used in the modern practice of audiology. The defined terms were drawn from medical dictionaries, audiology texts and journals. The definitions are supplemented with over 60 illustrations. Appendices are provided which cover audiometric symbols, acronyms, abbreviations and symbols, ototoxicity, a comprehensive summary of auditory disorders, a report writing glossary and a list of associations and organizations of interest to the practicing audiologist. This paperback reference text is easy to use and handle and will not take up half your bookshelf or desktop.
REVIEW: The majority of the text is devoted to the over 7,000 vocabulary items. Entries can be easily located by their common name or under a category. For example one can look in the "P's" for play audiometry or the same term can be found under the "A's" by going to "audiometry, play". Keeping with the user-friendly nature of the text, cross-referencing is kept to a minimum. It is not necessary to hunt all over the dictionary because you have found in your term of interest the entry "see ___". Each entry consists of a concise, well-written definition and may be supported with a figure, pertinent synonyms or antonyms, as well as colloquial terms or words. For example, the entry for cerebral vascular accident includes the colloquial entry "stroke".
Accompanying the dictionary are six appendices that are as helpful as the dictionary itself.
The first appendix shows the symbols utilized in graphic audiograms. To some this may be no big find. However, for some of us who spend our life looking at rows of numbers on a tabular audiogram, this section help to keep us from making our arrows go the wrong way.
An appendix of acronyms follows the audiometric symbols. It is a companion to the entries in the dictionary and gives the user a concise place to look up that pesky acronym that we just can't remember.
Next comes an appendix on ototoxicity that lists iatrogenic, teratogenic and environmental toxins. It also lists a variety of potentially ototoxic chemotherapy regimens.
An appendix on auditory disorders provides the reader with an exhaustive list of diseases and disorders. Entries are categorized as follows: syndromes and inherited disorders, disorders of the outer ear and tympanic membrane, disorders of the middle ear, disorders of the cochlea and disorders of the auditory nervous system. Like the entries earlier in the book, those in this section are accurate, clear and concise.
Report writing is the subject of the last appendix. It provides a collection of descriptive phrases that have become standard in reports provided to referral sources and other professionals. Descriptive terms are provided for: audiometric measurement results, immittance measurement results, speech audiometric results, auditory electrophysiologic results, site of auditory disorder, and recommendations. Convenient codes are provided so that the computer literate can enter the terms into the glossary of their word processing programs and bring up the phrases with a few keystrokes.
CRITIQUE: The sheer volume of entries in the dictionary is impressive. It was virtually impossible to think of a term used in contemporary practice that has not been included. To have the scope of material provided in an easy to handle and use form will be a great benefit to the busy clinician whether or not he/she is involved with student training. I wish this book was available when I started by AuD work. I would strongly recommend the book to anyone entering a Distance Learning Program after a period out of the classroom. Well done, Dr. Stach.