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Speech Banana The speech banana is a area in which all the speech sounds of the language fall on an audiogram. An audiogram is a graphical representation of a person's hearing sensitivity at a range of frequencies and loudness levels, and it is generally presented with frequencies (in Hertz on the x-axis and decibel level (dB) on the y-axis. When the sounds of speech or phonemes of all known human languages are plotted on an audiogram, they cluster in a banana-shaped region known as the speech banana. People with normal hearing sensitivity can also hear sounds outside of the speech banana. These sounds include ambient natural sounds such as a rustling of leaves in the wind or birds chirping. Artificial sounds outside of the speech banana can include music and mechanical noises (e.g., automobiles, lawn mowers). Audiologists are primarily concerned with hearing loss that occurs within the speech banana because it can slow the development of a child’s language and speech abilities, and this in turn can profoundly interfere with learning. Hearing loss within the speech banana can also hinder communication capabilities in adults, as in elderly people with age-related hearing loss. Benefit of the hearing aid also showed with the help of speech banana. If all the aided (speech and tone) fall with the banana then we consider as significant benefit from the device. If not child or adults will be evaluated for other hearing devices options like, Cochlear implant.
Pure tone Audiometery Pure-tone audiometry is a behavioral test used to measure hearing sensitivity. This measure involves the peripheral and central auditory systems. Pure-tone thresholds (PTAs) indicate the softest sound audible to an individual atleast more than 50% of the time. Hearing sensitivity is plotted on an audiogram, which is a graph displaying intensity as a function of frequency. Degrees of hearing loss Normal hearing (0-15 dB): At this level, hearing is within normal limits. Types of Hearing loss Conductive Sensorineural Mixed modalities of tone presentation are air and bone conduction. PTA is gold standard test in diagnostic audiology. Advantages of PTA - Medico-legal Purpose - Qualitative and Quantitative analysis - Pre and post operative comparison
HYPERACUSIS: Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder characterized by an increased sensitivity to certain frequencies and volume ranges of sound. In such condition patients can hear at 10dB sound but can not tolerate 70-80dB sound. dynamic range for hearing is decreased. It is seen in children as well as adults. treatment for hyperacusis is really questionable. sound therapy is some what most suitable option. #hearing therapy #hearing aids
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