Hidden Hearing Loss Revealed

Two researchers at UConn School of Medicine have developed a new hearing test that can identify hearing loss or deficits in some individuals considered to have normal or near-normal hearing in traditional tests. Many adults report difficulties hearing in everyday situations, despite having their physicians or audiologists tell them that the results of their hearing tests are normal or near-normal. Neuroscience researchers Constantine Trahiotis, left, and Leslie R. Bernstein in the Psychoacoustics Laboratory at UConn Health. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo) “We now have a validated technique to identify ‘hidden’ hearing deficits that would likely go undetected with traditional audiograms,” says Leslie R. Bernstein, professor of neuroscience and surgery at UConn, who conducted the study with Constantine Trahiotis, emeritus professor of neuroscience and surgery. Their newly developed hearing test measures a…


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