Part I: A Call for Implementing the Comprehensive Neurodiagnostic Audiology Evaluation: Effects of Concussion on Central Auditory and Vestibular Function

Jennifer Gonzalez, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A Speech and Hearing Sciences, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI, encompasses injuries caused by bumps, blows, or jolts to the head or body resulting in rapid movement of the head and brain(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). Concussion…

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Masking Level Differences (MLDs) in selected clinical populations : An overview

Frank Musiek, PhD   Background Masking level differences (MLDs), also termed bilateral masking level differences (BMLDs), were introduced to the scientific community by Ira Hirsh and J.C.R. Licklider in independent reports in 1948. Hirsh reported on MLDs for tonal stimuli and Licklider for speech stimuli. Though it is not the intent of this brief communication…

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Utilization of the Dichotic Difference Score

Annette Hurley, PhD., CCC-A, Dept. of Communication Disorders LSU Health Sciences Center, ahurle@lsuhsc.edu   Introduction Dichotic listening tests are one of the most frequently used behavioral tests included in the behavioral Auditory Processing disorder (APD) test battery (Emanuel et al, 2011).  Dichotic tests are sensitive to the maturation and development of the central auditory nervous system (CANS),…

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Disability terminology: Are we listening?

Bill Keith, QSO, PhD   As audiologists we sometimes have to spend time persuading individuals that a member of their family does actually have a hearing disorder and isn’t just wilfully unresponsive. How often have you heard a significant other say of their partner with a sensorineural hearing loss “He can hear if he wants…

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