(World Hearing Center, Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, Kajetany, Poland)
JHS 2016; 6(2): 5-5
I invite you to read the current number of the Journal of Hearing Science. The issue starts with a wide-ranging review on objective assessment of infant hearing. It gives an overview of established methods – immittance measurements, auditory brainstem responses, auditory steady state responses, and otoacoustic emissions – as well as outlining some emerging concepts such as the use of chirp stimuli. The invaluable aspect of all these methods of examining infants is they do not need the cooperation of the patient. Indeed, there are many ways in which it is generally better if the testing of hearing is done totally objectively, so from this perspective these approaches are the future of audiology. The other papers in this issue deal with very different but very current areas of audiology: anatomy of the auditory cortex based on MRI imaging, monitoring the quality of audiology education, and contralateral suppression of otoacoustic emissions.
Keywords: Audiology, Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem, Otoacoustic Emissions, Spontaneous