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Audiometric Test

Audiometric Test

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A Two-Minute Speech-in-Noise Test: Protocol and Pilot Data

Hearing-care professionals (HCPs) and hearing aid wearers report the chief complaint secondary to hearing loss and to wearing traditional hearing aids, is the inability to understand speech-in-noise (SIN; see Beck et al, 2019). Beck et al (2018) reported that, in addition to the 37 million Americans with audiometric hearing loss, 26 million have hearing difficulty and/or difficulty understanding SIN, despite clinically normal thresholds. As such, helping people hear (i.e., to perceive sound) and helping people listen (i.e., to comprehend, or apply meaning to sound) remains paramount.

Topic(s): speech-in-noise, Hearing, Hearing Loss, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Noise Reduction, Audiometric Test

JAAA Editorial: Rise of the Machines: Audiology and Mobile Devices

Over the past few decades, advances in mobile device technology have enabled many of the core audiology tests to be delivered through smart phones or tablet computers.

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Variations on a Theme: Mild Hearing Loss and Word Recognition Scores

Timmer et al (2015) report that the prevalence rate of mild hearing impairment varies greatly with the definition. They report that the weak correlations between audiologic assessments and patient-based self-reported difficulties indicate further assessment of individuals with mild hearing impairment is warranted.  In their Table 2 (page 788) they offer a “summary of descriptive classifications of mild hearing impairment” which includes similar, although different, common definitions of mild hearing loss.

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Hearing Aid Use and Cognitive Function

Dawes et al (2015) sought to “clarify the impact of hearing aids on mental health, social engagement, cognitive function, and physical health outcomes in older adults with hearing impairment….” The Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study (EHLS) in Wisconsin started with 3,753 people who underwent the first round of tests (i.e., “pre-baseline”) in 1993-1995 and included audiometric evaluations as well as a questionnaire on hearing related health, potential risk factors of hearing loss, and self-perceived hearing handicap.

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Are Sound Booths Necessary?

Margolis and Madsen (2015) examined the need for (or lack of) and effectiveness of sound rooms/booths. They considered the testing ranges of people undergoing audiometric tests, as well as an analysis of four different test rooms/booths and five different earphones. The multiple test results (combinations of booths and earphones allowed testing from -10 to +20 dB HL) allowed accurate testing across the test frequencies employed in clinical audiology.

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