Introduction to Sound (Acoustics for the Hearing and Speech Sciences)
Author: Speaks, Charles E.
Number Of Pages: 448
Release Date: 01-04-2017
Details: Product Description The beloved classic textbook, Introduction to Sound: Acoustics for the Hearing and Speech Sciences, is back in a new fourth edition and continues its aim to teach fundamental concepts of acoustics to students in communication sciences and disorders and related disciplines. Students in speech, language, and hearing science must have a thorough understanding of the elements of acoustics before they can successfully embark on more advanced study of both normal and disordered human communication. The textbook is known for how acoustical concepts have been made understandable for all students, not just those who are already grounded in mathematics and physics. The book is appropriate for undergraduate courses in hearing science, acoustics for speech and hearing, as well as related courses in audiology. NEW TO THIS EDITION: New chapter on Room Acoustics (Chapter 10) summarizes relevant concepts for classrooms as well as discusses principles and methods for assessing speech intelligibility/understanding Chapter 3 on Acoustic Impedance is now a new free-standing chapter Each chapter includes Practice Problems Several other chapters have been reorganized to achieve an improved focus and more logical flow of concepts Now includes a Glossary of key terms Information has been made more concise Access to a PluralPlus companion website that includes resources for both students (course notes, study questions) and instructors (PowerPoint lecture slides, related links.) Availability of 17 computer animations on the web to illustrate, in slow motion, elements of acoustics that are ordinarily too fast to visualize. NOTE:This book comes with supplementary content on a PluralPlus companion website. If you purchase or rent a used copy of the printed book, the code to access the website printed inside the book may have been previously redeemed/used or be incorrect and you will not be able to use it. To guarantee access to the website, it is recommended you purchase a new copy of this book directly from Amazon or the publisher, Plural Publishing. Review "This is an extraordinary book. It is the essential resource on the nature of sound and its measurement. The writing is clear and concise. Difficult concepts in acoustics are explained in easily understandable form. The 4th edition adds an excellent overview on the important topic of room acoustics. Heartily recommended for everyone in the speech and hearing sciences." --James Jerger, PhD "The fourth edition of Introduction to Sound by Charles Speaks continues to be the finest introductory textbook for speech and hearing students beginning their studies in acoustics. I have used this book since its first edition and have found it to be a valuable teaching tool, both in and out of the classroom. The book covers a wealth of information relative to basics acoustics, yet does not require students to have an extensive background in mathematics. Speaks writes in a style that students find easy to follow and comprehend. The new chapter on room acoustics is a welcome addition. The Practice Problems at the end of each chapter are comprehensive and logically follow the material in each chapter. The answers provided at the back of the book are a terrific learning tool, and provide students immediate feedback relative to the material they have learned." --Larry Small, PhD, Bowling Green State University, OH, USA "As Speaks says, a good grounding in basic acoustic concepts is a critical element in understanding audiological practice and this book would make an excellent core text in education. It may seem less accessible to an individual reader coming to the subject without a physics background, but Speaks has obviously used his experience of teaching the subject to write in an admirably clear manner. His descriptions of basic concepts should be readily understandable by all, and his use of highlights and ‘frequently misunderstood concepts’ is helpful in grasping key points. ...I
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