Pathways in the Brain Germane to Audiologists: A Brief Commentary

by  Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D.   Most audiologists are familiar with at least two major pathways in the brain. One is the ascending (and descending) auditory brainstem pathway and the other is the ascending (and descending) vestibular brainstem pathway. In the cerebrum there are also pathways of importance to audiology. These include, in our view,…

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Congenital and Acquired Amusia as Categories of CAPD (Part 2)

Carrie M. Clancy, B.A., M.M. Graduate Student, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona   Part 1 of this article provided a brief overview of congenital and acquired amusia as forms of CAPD. Part 2, presented here, is intended to suggest potential avenues for continued research regarding both congenital and acquired amusias.…

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Congenital and Acquired Amusia as Categories of CAPD (Part 1)

Carrie M. Clancy, B.A., M.M. Graduate Student, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona   Commonly called “tone deafness”, amusia is defined as the inability to recognize or reproduce musical tones. Amusia can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired sometime later in life, as from brain damage due to stroke or…

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The Dichotic Difference Score (DDS)

By: Frank Musiek The dichotic difference score (DDS) has been utilized periodically over the history of dichotic listening. It represents an interesting manipulation of dichotics and relates to its various applications. The DDS simply requires the computation of the differences on performance of dichotic listening between the right and left ears. Generally, this means that…

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