Written by Travis M. Moore
Last edited 15-Jan-2021
Just like psychoacoustics challenged you to think in new ways, electrophysiology has its own unique perspectives that will require you to learn some background information. However, also like psychoacoustics, once you learn the basics, you will have an entire new field at your disposal for understanding and assessing the auditory system.
There are three main topics that we'll discuss before we begin talking about specific electrophysiological tests in detail. First, we will cover how and where electrical signals are generated in the auditory system. Second, we will learn how to measure those signals using non-invasive methods. Third, we will become familiar with interpreting test results.
By the end, you will have the knowledge to adapt to any electrophysiological test - even those outside the auditory system. (And yes, audiologists can and do work with tests of the facial nerve and various muscles.) Your new skill set will also help you remember the proper implementation, interpretation, and limitations of these tests.