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.
You may benefit from taking a Speech-in-Noise test if you generally experience difficulties when trying to understand what people are saying in noisy situation. It may be particularly helpful if any of the following applies to you:
Please note that, although this test can provide you with valuable information about your hearing, it is not a full hearing test and is not intended to be as sensitive as the diagnostic hearing tests available at your local hospital. Occasionally, factors such as background noise, and the type of equipment that you use, can have a small impact on the outcome of the test. These tests are not designed to detect Conductive hearing losses. If you are concerned about your hearing, please visit your GP who will be able to arrange a full hearing assessment.
This test will evaluate your ability to hear sounds against background noise, and will also provide you with some advice about what you should do next.
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