Basic Electronics Theory for the Practicing Clinician For speech and hearing professionals who rely on and use electrical equipment to record and manipulate human biosignals, a poor appreciation of basic electrical theory may (a) inhibit their capacity to use novel instrumental approaches creatively and/or (b) prevent the correct interpretation of instrumental outputs. The purpose of this paper ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2010
Basic Electronics Theory for the Practicing Clinician
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  • Richard D. Andreatta
    Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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Article   |   October 01, 2010
Basic Electronics Theory for the Practicing Clinician
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2010, Vol. 20, 47-54. doi:10.1044/ssod20.2.47
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2010, Vol. 20, 47-54. doi:10.1044/ssod20.2.47

For speech and hearing professionals who rely on and use electrical equipment to record and manipulate human biosignals, a poor appreciation of basic electrical theory may (a) inhibit their capacity to use novel instrumental approaches creatively and/or (b) prevent the correct interpretation of instrumental outputs. The purpose of this paper is to provide the practicing clinician with a non-mathematical tutorial on select topics of electricity, including force fields, voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, and basic circuit configurations. The author's intent is directed toward demystifying basic concepts and principles of electricity, allowing the reader to feel more comfortable dealing with electrical applications in the workplace.

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