Dichotic Listening in Elderly, Hearing-Impaired Persons: An Exercise in Pattern Recognition

It is well known that a patient’s audiometric configuration does not, and cannot, always describe the true impact of a hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is often accompanied by a decline in cognitive function and/or deficits in central auditory processing. This article by James Jerger, PhD, shows how the Dichotic Sentence Identification (DSI) Test can help differentiate between simple SNHL and those hearing losses involving cognitive decline or auditory processing disorder (APD) in older adults.