James Peck

James Peck

Dr. James Peck earned his PhD at Vanderbilt University. His book, Pseudohypacusis: False and Exaggerated Hearing Loss, is the only book on the topic. He also is the author of the chapter on pseudohypacusis in the Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology.

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The Terminology of False and Exaggerated Hearing Loss

The Problem

Most audiologists probably have encountered a patient who produces within- or among-test discrepancies in audiometric results that have no medical explanation. This phenomenon goes under a multiplicity of terms. In addition to pseudohypacusis, nonorganic hearing loss, and functional hearing loss, there are malingering, dis/simulating, faking, feigning, conversion, hysterical, psychogenic, and more. 

Topic(s): false and exaggerated hearing loss (FEHL), Hearing Loss, Psychology, Audiogram, speech-in-noise, dysphonia, spastic dysphonia, spasmodic dysphonia


Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019