Speech Audiometry

Speech Audiometry

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Speech Audiometry


Why is Speech Audiometry done ?

This test helps in:

  • Assessment of degree and type of hearing loss
  • Examination of word recognition abilities
  • Examination of discomfort or tolerance to speech stimuli

Why is Speech Audiometry ?

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.