Hidden Hearing Loss: An Audiologist’s Perspective

Hall, J. (2017) Hearing Journal. 70(1) p.6.

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Audiologists regularly encounter the following scenario: A patient comes into the clinic with complaints of difficulty hearing speech in background noise. An adult patient is often accompanied by a family member, perhaps a spouse or an older child, who readily confirms his or her loved one’s communication problems. Concerns about difficulties with speech perception in noise are often raised by parents of school-age children. The child’s school teacher and maybe primary care physician share the concerns. Then, the patient’s pure tone audiometry reveals hearing thresholds within normal limits. Or, especially for the elderly, the audiogram documents a modest deficit in hearing thresholds that is not compatible with the patient’s complaints.

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