HIGHLIGHTS

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  • Phenomenal developments at an astonishingly rapid pace have taken place in neurotology in the past two decades. During these twenty years, our understanding of audio-vestibular system has reformed completely and a huge lot of new tests have evolved that can diagnose and accurately localize any lesion pertaining to the auditory and vestibular systems. Today’s technology can pinpoint any functional defect in the audio-vestibular system with utmost precision provided it is done correctly and interpreted properly by a clinician who can correlate the test results to the patient’s clinical presentation. The advances in diagnostic neurotology have transformed neurotology from an occult science that it used to be 3 decades back into a complete evidence based medical discipline.

 

  • The 5th edition of CLINICAL AUDIOVESTIBULOMETRY chronicles the rapid transformation in diagnostic neurotology and showcases the array of different diagnostic tests that the contemporary neurotologist has at his disposal today. All the new generation audio-vestibular tests like ASSR, ECochG, Chirp BERA, Special Tests for Tinnitus, Tests for Otoacoustic Emissions, Tests for Central Deafness, Tests for the Oculomotor Systems, VNG, VHIT, Ocular & Cervical VEMP, DVA, Subjective Visual Vertical Test, Posturography, have been covered in this book. The age old tests like Pure Tone Audiometry, Tympanometry, ENG etc. that have stood the test of time and are still growing strong have been analyzed in today’s perspective.

 

  • The unique selling point of this book is that it has been authored by a clinician who practices solely in therapeutic and diagnostic neurotology and has been doing so for the last thirty years. It has been written specifically for clinicians and analyses all the contemporary audio-vestibular tests from the clinician’s perspective.

 

  • The 5th edition of CLINICAL AUDIOVESTIBULOMETRY equips clinicians with the proficiency of analyzing the authenticity of a report (which is crucial and even more important than correctly interpreting the report), identifying a wrong report, tallying it with clinical findings, highlights the fallacies and limitations as well as the common errors in the tests. The book also impresses upon clinicians the need to ensure that the tests are properly done by the right persons. Today with the mushrooming of audio-vestibular clinics at every nook and corner very often manned by the wrong persons, most reports are unfortunately erroneous and it takes a very discerning clinician not to be deceived and misled by wrong audio-vestibular test reports. Proficiency in analyzing the authenticity and genuinity of a test report is essential for clinicians practicing in neurotology today. Correctly done tests seamlessly interface with the history and clinical findings and lead the clinician to a definitive and correct diagnosis; the clinician just needs to acquire the expertise to ensure that the test has been correctly done. This edition of CLINICAL AUDIOVESTIBULOMETRY puts special emphasis on this vexing aspect of audio-vestibulometry.