The Impact of Minimal to Mild Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Adults The relationship between the pure-tone audiogram and the categorization of normal hearing or a mild hearing loss fails to account for other important non-audiometric factors that impact hearing ability for approximately one-third of adults. In order to obtain a complete hearing profile of our patients who present with normal hearing ... Article
Article  |   November 11, 2016
The Impact of Minimal to Mild Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Adults
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  • Christina M. Roup
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Part 2
Article   |   November 11, 2016
The Impact of Minimal to Mild Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Adults
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 55-64. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG6.55
History: Received June 5, 2016 , Revised August 19, 2016 , Accepted August 22, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 55-64. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG6.55
History: Received June 5, 2016; Revised August 19, 2016; Accepted August 22, 2016

The relationship between the pure-tone audiogram and the categorization of normal hearing or a mild hearing loss fails to account for other important non-audiometric factors that impact hearing ability for approximately one-third of adults. In order to obtain a complete hearing profile of our patients who present with normal hearing or a mild hearing loss, it is necessary to consider more than simply the results of the pure-tone audiogram. Both subjective hearing handicap via questionnaire and suprathreshold auditory measures (especially in background noise) have been shown to be sensitive to deficits not captured by the pure-tone audiogram. Viable treatment options with demonstrated benefit, such as mild-gain amplification, should be considered for this population.

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