Jennifer B. Shinn

Jennifer B. Shinn

Jennifer B. Shinn, PhD, is the chief of audiology and an associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

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The Hearing Brain

Audiologists are regularly faced with the patient who presents to their office with a variety of hearing complaints. They often report significant difficulty hearing, particularly in background noise. These hearing difficulties negatively affect them both occupationally and socially. However, upon assessment, the pure-tone audiogram results demonstrate “normal” peripheral hearing sensitivity. These are perhaps not the anticipated results, given the patient’s reported difficulties.

Topic(s): auditory system, central auditory processing (CAP), Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), brain, Normal Hearing

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020