Foreword by Brad A, Stach
Chapter 1. The Early Years
A Diagnostic Challenge
Professor Doctor Eberhart Lüscher
The Quantal Psychophysical Method
The SISI Test
Abnormal Auditory Adaptation
The Békésy Audiogram
Synthetic Sentence Identification (SSI)
Brainstem Versus Temporal Lobe
Chapter 2. Immittance Audiometry
The Stapedius Muscle Reflex
Other Reflex Oddities
An Educational Adventure
Chapter 3. Auditory Processing Disorder
The Birth of APD
The Italian Pioneers
Early Efforts in the U.S.
The Other Side of the Coin
An Account of an Interesting Patient
Chapter 4. A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
An Important Point
History and Medical Findings
Some Psychoacoustic Measures
Auditory Localization in Space
Chapter 5. Binaural Hearing Aids
An Early Study
But Is the Group Representative of Everyone in It?
A Very Intact Nonagenerian
Can We Explain AK’s Findings by Invoking a Relevant Cognitive Deficit?
A Possible Explanation
Chapter 6. Cued Listening
Three Illustrative Individual Patients
Chapter 7. Aging and Gender Effects
Can Speech Understanding Problems in Elderly Persons Be Explained by the Audiogram?
Auditory Processing Disorder and Dichotic Listening
Auditory Processing Disorder Versus Cognitive Decline
A Longitudinal Case Study
Some Gender Differences
Another Gender Effect — The Shape of the Audiogram
Chapter 8. Auditory Event-Related Potentials to Words
The Importance of Forcing a Decision
The Framework of an Auditory Event-Related Potential Procedure (AERP)
The Late Positive Component (LPC)
The Right Ear Advantage
But What About the Nontarget Words?
Processing Negativity (PN)
Repeating Words Back Versus Making Decisions About Them
More PN Examples
A Case of Multiple Sclerosis
Chapter 9. A Twin Study
Behavioral Psychoacoustic Measures of Auditory Processing
Standardized Cognitive/ Linguistic Evaluations
Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Chapter 10. Odds and Ends
A Visit to Montreal
“Normal Audiometric Findings”
A Researcher’s Dream
A Voice From the Past
A Herculean Effort
As a pioneer in the field of audiology, Dr. James Jerger has been involved in cutting-edge resource throughout the development of the field. In his new text, Audiological Research Over Six Decades, readers can experience the evolution of diagnostic audiology through his unique perspective. By detailing case studies from his own work over the years, Dr. Jerger gives his audience a chance to be a fly on the wall for major moments throughout the history of audiology.
In the first section of the book, Dr. Jerger relates case studies and other stories from his early years in the field, including his time at both Northwestern University and the Houston Speech and Hearing Center. Then, he traces his years at Baylor College of Medicine. In the final section, he discusses his time researching auditory event-related potentials at the University of Texas.
From the Foreword by Brad A. Stach, PhD
“This book is an adventure. It tells the story of the evolution of diagnostic audiology through the voice of one of its greatest contributors, Dr. James Jerger… Jerger’s lively narrative describes, in his wise and witty way, what he was thinking throughout six productive decades of game-changing audiological research. He provides us with a view, through case studies of his own work, of an unparalleled perspective, from the room where it happened."
James Jerger, PhD, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received his PhD in audiology from Northwestern University (NU) in 1954. He remained on the NU faculty until 1961 and then moved to Gallaudet College in Washington, DC, for a brief period as Research Professor of Audiology. From 1962 to 1968, he served as Director of Research at the Houston Speech and Hearing Center and then moved to Houston's Baylor College of Medicine, where he remained for the next 29 years as Professor of Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and as Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Services of the Methodist Hospital. In 1997, Jerger sought, but failed to achieve, semi-retirement in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences of the University of Texas at Dallas. Here he continues to mentor doctoral candidates in audiology as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.