Subjective reports of trouble tolerating sound in daily life versus loudness discomfort levels

Tara L. Zaugg, Emily J. Thielman, Susan Griest, James Henry

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Abstract

Purpose: A retrospective analysis of tonal and speech loudness discomfort levels (LDLs) relative to a subjective report of sound tolerance (SRST) was performed to explore the relation between the 2 commonly used clinical measures. Method: Tonal LDLs and SRST were measured for 139 U.S. military veterans who were recruited into a study providing intervention for tinnitus. Spearman’s rank correlation coefficients were computed to assess the relation between the tonal and speech LDLs and the SRST. Results: Only weak correlations were found between tonal LDLs and SRST and between speech LDLs and SRST. Conclusion: If LDLs ratings of SRST measured the same phenomenon, the measures would be strongly negatively correlated. The weak correlations found between the measures suggest that LDLs do not accurately represent a patient’s ability to tolerate sound in daily life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Audiology
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing

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