Speech Discrimination

At Hearing Solutions we perform Speech-in-Noise (SIN) testing to indication of how well you can understand speech in a noisy environment. The various background noises that are present in day-to-day life can sometimes make listening difficult – especially when trying to understand speech. In this respect, Speech-in-Noise tests are designed to mimic real-life circumstances.

Words will be presented at a comfortable listening level through headphones or speaker and you will be asked to repeat them. The results gives us further information on the status of your inner ear function, it can help diagnose processing difficulty and nerve damage and is a good indicator of possible benefit from a hearing aid.

Most people with hearing difficulty find hearing in a background of noise more difficult, this test evaluates that difficulty. A person with a hearing loss will often be less able to understand speech, especially in noisy conditions. This is especially true for people who have a Sensorineural loss – which is by far the most common type of hearing loss. As such, Speech-in-Noise tests can provide valuable information about a person’s hearing ability, and can be used to detect the presence of a Sensorineural hearing loss.

Speech Recognition Threshold (SRT) using AB word lists measures the degree of hearing loss for speech. The speech recognition threshold is the lowest hearing level at which speech can barely be recognized or understood. At Hearing Solutions we use it to determine the extent of hearing loss related to speech recognition in quite and to determine appropriate gain during hearing aid selection.