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Speech Audiometry

Speech audiometry is an important aspect of the basic audiological test battery, along with pure-tone air and bone conduction testing. Whereas pure-tone air and bone conduction testing provides information regarding individuals’ type, degree, and configuration of hearing sensitivity, speech audiometry provides valuable information about individuals’ degree of hearing loss to speech stimuli, as well as their ability to recognize and discriminate speech sounds. Speech audiometry includes determination of thresholds to different speech stimuli, most comfortable loudness (MCL) level(s) to speech, uncomfortable loudness (UCL) level(s) to speech, and word and/or sentence recognition ability in quiet and in noise. Speech audiometry can serve as a means to support and cross-check pure-tone audiometric findings. Additionally, the results of speech audiometry can help in treatment planning and patient counseling. ...

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