Speech Audiometry

Also known as: speech audiogram

What is speech audiometry?

Speech audiometry will look at how well the patient listens to and repeats words.

What happens during the procedure?

The patient wears headphones and listens to a series of common words played at different volumes and repeats the words back to the audiologist. The first part of the test is to determine the patient’s speech reception threshold (SRT) or the lowest volume at which he or she can hear and recognize speech. The second part of the test plays words at the same volume and the patient is also asked to repeat them back. This part of the test determines patient’s ability to understand words at a comfortable listening level.

For small children or patients who may have difficulty responding to the tasks of repeating the words, they may be asked to point to pictures.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this test.

What are the risk factors?

There are no risk factors related to a speech audiometry test.

Reviewed by: Carla Colebrook-Thomas

This page was last updated on: May 18, 2022 12:06 PM

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