A Speech-in-Noise Specialist has completed competency requirements to further evaluate how a patient hears in noise or difficult environments. Specialty tests that are not part of the routine audiometric evaluation are performed to give the Audiologist a broader understanding of how a patient’s hearing loss is impacting them.
For the cognitive portion of the specialty testing, our Audiologists use the Cognivue Thrive device, which is the only computerized cognitive assessment device based on FDA-cleared technology used by neurologists and other physicians for cognitive evaluation.
If you currently wear hearing devices, and still struggle to hear, this specialty testing could explain why.
MRI studies show even a mild amount of hearing loss can lead to shrinkage in the hearing areas of the brain, shifting the hearing function to other areas of the brain. This reorganizing of the brain makes your brain work harder than it should to hear and may play a role in cognitive decline and dementia.
Selection of the most appropriate devices and the way that they process and alter the signal become important considerations, especially for our patients with low working memory capacity. Additionally, when there is a degree of cognitive impairment present, strategies and support that go beyond fitting hearing aids is provided.