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discrimination testing

Torrance ppsychling at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 20 09:03:29 EST 2001


I've a friend who's doing his master's in Audiology at Galluadet (sp?)
Unversity in Washington, D. C. and had mentioned newsgroups to him and told
him they are sometimes worth wild.  So, I forward your previous post to him
and this is the response he gave.  I think he'll come to like newsgroups
once he figures out the ins and outs of how they work.  He had much to say
about your post.

Discrimination testing is otherwise known as Word Recognition Testing.
Basically the client sits and listens to words presented in silence (single
syllable words), though sometimes they are presented in noise to get an idea
of how the person does in the presence of noise.  The "tone test" this
person is talking about most likely was what we call a "pure tone
screening", where a series of beeps at various frequencies is presented and
with the point being to find the softest level a person can hear a given
frequency tone.  What this person needs to do is go to an AUDIOLOGIST not a
hearing aid dealer and have what we call a full Audiometeric Assessment.
After that, this person will have a better understanding of why they can't
hear in noise.
Jon <jonvaljon at justice.com> wrote in message
news:3a63501a$0$7159$272ea4a1 at news.execpc.com...
> I have difficulty understanding speech if there is any other
> noise such as a fan. It is bad enough that the other residents
> of my household thought that I was hard of hearing. I had the
> tone test and was in the normal range.
> Later I noticed while looking at social security rules, that
> there is a test for hearing 'discrimination'. Is that a test
> where there is background noise or something of the sort and the
> ability to understand words is tested or is it just words and
> you are asked if you understand them when they are presented in
> silence? Hope that makes sense.
> If it is the latter, what might my problem be and what test
> would help diagnose it.
> thanks

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