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The acceptable noise level and the pure-tone audiogram

Brännström, Jonas LU and Olsen, Steen Østergaard (2017) In American Journal of Audiology 26(1). p.80-87
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Purpose: The vast majority of previous studies suggest that there is no relationship between the acceptable noise level (ANL) and pure-tone hearing thresholds reported as the average pure-tone hearing thresholds (pure-tone average). This study aims to explore (a) the relationship between hearing thresholds at individual frequencies and the ANL and (b) a measure of the slope of the audiogram and ANL. Method: Sixty-three Danish adult hearing aid users participated. Assessments were pure-tone audiogram and 3 different versions of the ANL test made monaurally at 2 different sessions. Results: The findings show that low-frequency hearing thresholds and the slope of the audiogram are significantly related to all versions of the ANL.... (More)

Purpose: The vast majority of previous studies suggest that there is no relationship between the acceptable noise level (ANL) and pure-tone hearing thresholds reported as the average pure-tone hearing thresholds (pure-tone average). This study aims to explore (a) the relationship between hearing thresholds at individual frequencies and the ANL and (b) a measure of the slope of the audiogram and ANL. Method: Sixty-three Danish adult hearing aid users participated. Assessments were pure-tone audiogram and 3 different versions of the ANL test made monaurally at 2 different sessions. Results: The findings show that low-frequency hearing thresholds and the slope of the audiogram are significantly related to all versions of the ANL. Conclusion: It is possible that previous studies have failed to discover a relationship between ANL and hearing thresholds due to the use of the broad 4-frequency pure-tone average. This has implications for our understanding of the ANL test.

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Amer. Speech-Language-Hearing Assoc.
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10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0033
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  author       = {Brännström, Jonas and Olsen, Steen Østergaard},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {03},
  number       = {1},
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  series       = {American Journal of Audiology},
  title        = {The acceptable noise level and the pure-tone audiogram},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0033},
  volume       = {26},
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