Difficulties understanding speech in noise with a normal or near-normal audiogram
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Approximately 5 to 15% of people who visit a hearing clinic report difficulty understanding speech in noise, but have a 'normal' audiogram, that is, have no difficulty hearing soft tones in a quiet environment.Traditional audiology does not not have a clear answer to what treatment options may assist to this group. As a result, many audiologists feel they do not have the resources or tools to effectively assist the client in this situation, which can be frustrating for both the clinician and the client. In the past, client with a 'normal' audiogram have generally been given little specific advice, and were often told to come back when the problem is worse.