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Additional Information on Tests for Hearing
There are many other auditory tests that audiologist do. Areas of assessment of such tests include test for:
Tests for malingering (faking a hearing loss) – Stenger test (patient doesn’t know you are presenting a tone in the “good” ear along with a louder tone of the same pitch in the “bad” ear. It becomes obvious he is faking because he should say that he hears the softer tone in the good ear that he is not aware is there. This test is based on the fact that when two identical pitch tones are presented at the same time in each ear (but of differing loudness), the normal person will hear only the louder one (Stenger effect).
Tests for central auditory processing disorders – Too many to list, including those involving pitch pattern sequences, listening in noise, dichotic stimuli, rapid stimuli, and many others.
Tests to determine hearing in noise. There are many, such as HINT sentences, AzBio and SPIN test. There is good rationale for using speech in noise testing, especially regarding hearing aid fittings since listening in noise is the number one complaint of those seeking benefit from a hearing aid. See a comprehensive text in audiology or hearing aid fitting for more details.