Tag: audiogram



Providing Hearing Solutions to People with Hearing Difficulties but Minimal Hearing Loss

The audiogram has been used to determine whether someone needs hearing help and whether they would benefit from a hearing aid. The fact that only 30% of those with a measurable hearing loss (PTA > 25 dB HL) has been used repeatedly to indict the hearing aid industry for not helping the 70% of those with a hearing loss who are presumed to need hearing help.

Asymptotic Hearing Loss: When Is a Metaphor Just a Metaphor?

Like all healthcare fields where the clinician needs to explain complex concepts to the lay public, metaphors are used. In the optical field, “nearsighted” and “farsighted” are actually good metaphors despite their simplicity and academic inaccuracy. In the field of audiology, we have the description of the audiogram with the piano keyboard across the top; a good explanation, but limited in that it’s only the right hand side of the keyboard and musical notes are not pure-tones.

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Clinical Speech Audiometry in the Age of the AERP

True listening involves more than just repeating words. Might there be useful ways to think about quantifying listening effort by taking advantage of a considerable body of research on the auditory event-related potential (AERP)? In this article, Dr James Jerger explores two different ways to think about clinical speech audiometry relative to assessing total listening effort: 1) Altering the task from repetition to decision, and 2) Evaluating the response evoked by the decision via an AERP paradigm.

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