Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Adult Hearing Screening: The Future is Now

Here I am taking my first adult hearing screening exam with Prof. Alexandru Pascu of Romania in a private screening (lol) at the NHS conference:

I present you with The SUN Test: Speech Understanding in Noise- A new test for screening hearing ability in adults.


Screening HEARING ABILITY, not a test that focuses on what a person is lacking in terms of hearing, but which enables an adult to become aware of what he or she can hear in background noise. This is the instrument:

Basically, you put on the headphones and the instrument sits on the table in front of you. A series of consonants: Afa, Aga, Apa are displayed on the touch screen and as one of the three choices is sent through the headsets, you touch the touchscreen when you hear the matching sound. Without noise, I scored 11/12 and with noise covering the consonants, I scored 10/12.

Very interesting...

The instrument was invented by Ferdinando Grandori, Gabriella Tognola and Alessia Paglialonga of the Istituto di Ingegneria Biomedica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISIB CNR) Milan, Italy

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