Occasionally, we get an opportunity to present material of significant historical interest. We are honored to provide the post that follows, reprinted with permission from the book “Audiology in the USA” by Dr. James Jerger.
The book aims to give students and young audiologists a sense of the history of the profession. Beginning with the first commercial audiometers, the book traces the development of both the overall profession, and the principle sub-specializations that have developed within it over the past half century. Emphasis is placed on the contributions of the many individual clinicians and researchers who have pioneered various aspects of the audiological knowledge base and its wide clinical applications.
Topics include the early pioneers, the military programs during and after World War II, and the four major paths along which the profession has developed: the diagnostic path, the rehabilitative path, the screening path and the auditory processing disorder path. Other topics include, tinnitus, creation of the American Academy of Audiology, and the development of audiological education. The book, which includes the remainder of this Chapter, is available from Plural Publishing http://pluralpublishing.com/publication_hoa.htm. Wayne Staab, Section Editor
Audiology in the USA:
Rehabilitation – Chapter 6
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