_Audiology is the study of the human hearing process, particularly in the context of when the hearing process does not function normally. Traditional audiology, which was developed following World War II, focuses on abnormalities of the auditory process, with particular emphasis on ear dysfunction. It has developed a large number of tools for evaluating ear function and equipment, such as hearing aids, for helping with abnormal hearing function. During this time there has been little exploration of the normal hearing process.
_Macroaudiology approaches hearing from another direction. It asks, first of all, what is the normal human hearing process and why is it important? In what ways can the process fail, and what are the consequences of these failures? Who is affected when the process doesn’t work properly? How can we intervene and what should we try to achieve? Click here to learn more about this approach
_This website provides an introduction to macroaudiology. It contains information on the models underlying macroaudiology, information about academic courses on macroaudiology for audiology students and practicing audiologists, and a little bit about the history of macroaudiology There is also a collection of papers outlining different aspects of macroaudiology.