A clinical test battery for obscure auditory dysfunction (OAD): Development, selection and use of tests

Gabrielle Saunders, D. L. Field, M. P. Haggard

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Abstract

Obscure auditory dysfunction (OAD) is defined as convincing self-report of auditory disability accompanied by normal pure-tone thresholds. This has been increasingly recognized as a clinical problem, but until now there has not been a standard clinical procedure for dealing with such patients. This paper summarizes a demographic and clinical characterization of a sample of 50 OAD patients, reports new norms on the tests in the version issued, and describes a test package developed from a case-control research study that can be routinely used with OAD patients. The package enables clinicians: (i) to confirm, or otherwise, OAD as the appropriate classification for individuals presenting with OAD-like symptoms; (ii) to elucidate the underlying basis of OAD in such individuals and hence in most cases to provide explanations that are justified by test findings; and (iii) to counsel cases in a fashion appropriate for each individual. The package consists of four performance tests, a specialized clinical interview and a brief questionnaire to determine the severity of OAD. The assessment takes approximately 37 min and can be run using a two-channel audiometer and a cassette recorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Audiology
Volume26
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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A clinical test battery for obscure auditory dysfunction (OAD) : Development, selection and use of tests. / Saunders, Gabrielle; Field, D. L.; Haggard, M. P.

In: British Journal of Audiology, Vol. 26, No. 1, 1992, p. 33-42.

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