There are a number of ways to identify a hearing loss. Each test is used for different people and reasons.
Types of Tests
About Speech Testing
An audiologist may do a number of tests to check your hearing. Speech testing will look at how well you listen to and repeat words. One test is the speech reception threshold, or SRT.
The SRT is for older children and adults who can talk. The results are compared to pure-tone test results to help identify hearing loss.
How Speech Testing Is Done
The audiologist will say words to you through headphones, and you will repeat the words. The audiologist will record the softest speech you can repeat. You may also need to repeat words that you hear at a louder level. This is done to test word recognition.
Speech testing may happen in a quiet or noisy place. People who have hearing loss often say that they have the most trouble hearing in noisy places. So, it is helpful to test how well you hear in noise.
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