The Hidden Hearing Loss Controversy

Hidden hearing loss, also known as “cochlear synaptopathy”, is a phrase used to refer to neural dysfunction where there is still good cochlear (or sensory) function.  It is the sensory function that typically yields the measurement of hearing sensitivity on an audiogram or hearing test.  People with normal cochlear function would have a normal audiogram…

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Does taking a break from loud noise or loud music really work? Part 2

In part 1 of this blog series several issues were touched upon such as the relative uselessness of using gross measures such as puretone testing to determine the true nature of hearing loss from loud music or loud noise.  In short, puretone hearing loss thresholds (and also otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing) are rather gross, albeit…

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