BEYOND THE AUDIOGRAM: Whole-Brain Hearing and Listening
Difficulty hearing in noise often drives older adults to seek help, but most hearing screening tests for loudness, not clarity. Both measures are needed for fully informed diagnosis and treatment.
By: Douglas L. Beck
Threshold-based hearing testing doesn’t identify the main problem for many adults: difficulty hearing speech in noise. Diagnosing these patients requires assessing speech in noise, word/speech recognition in quiet, and listening and communication—per best-practice models.