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Speech Audiometry 

What is speech audiometry?
There are 2 different speech tests that will be completed. One will determine how softly you are able to hear words and the other will measure how clearly you are able to understand words.

What should I expect?
You will be seated in the sound booth and will be wearing headphones.

  • Your audiologist will ask you to repeat a list of words to determine your Speech Reception Threshold (SRT) or how soft you were able to repeat common words.
  • You audiologist will measure Speech Discrimination or Word Recognition ability. The audiologist will be either saying words to you or you will be listening to a CD recording. You will be asked to repeat the words. The audiologist will be measuring your clarity or ability to understand speech.

How long does the test take?
5-10 minutes

How will I receive my results?
The audiologist will share your test results with you at the completion of testing. Speech Discrimination ability is typically measured as a percentage score.


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