This test helps in:
Speech audiometry is routinely carried out in the clinic. It is complementary to pure tone audiometry, which only gives an indication of absolute perceptual thresholds of tonal sounds (peripheral function), whereas speech audiometry determines speech intelligibility and discrimination (between phonemes). It is of major importance during hearing aid fitting and for diagnosis of certain retrocochlear pathologies (tumour of the auditory nerve, auditory neuropathy, etc.) and tests both peripheral and central systems.