When Should You Do Speech Audiometry?
Most individuals seeking help with their hearing cite difficulties understanding speech, and more often speech in noise. While pure tone audiometry provides invaluable data regarding the nature and severity of hearing loss at a variety of frequencies – of which speech is made up – it cannot provide data on the individual's understanding of speech. Speech stimuli are used in the audiometric test battery to ascertain this data.
There are a variety of commonly used speech stimuli and tests that help paint a complete patient picture.