Terminology and Issues in Accessibility

Editor’s Note

Terminology:

While this topic sounds boring it is undoubtedly the most important topic that audiologists should be aware of. So often in research an approach may seem muddled primarily because the researcher doesn’t have a good handle on what they are working on… and it all starts with using the right word in the right context- examples such as impedance vs. resistance, and intensity vs. sound level immediately come to mind.  And what a coincidence!  We have three articles on just these issues.

Terminology also goes hand in hand with issues of access; groups can be erroneously lumped together, or divided apart because of the misuse of a label or a term.  Accessibility is our cover feature story in this issue, but a major stumbling block may be something as simple as using the correct term.

About the author
Marshall Chasin, AuD

Marshall Chasin, AuD, Doctor of Audiology, Editor in Chief

Marshall is the director of research at the Musicians' Clinics of Canada and has presented and published extensively on the topics of hearing loss prevention in musicians and hearing aids for music.

Other than being the editor in chief of Canadian Audiologist, Marshall Chasin writes a regular column in the Hearing Review called Back to Basics. Some of these columns are reprinted in this issue of Canadian Audiologist with permission of the Hearing Review.