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What is hidden hearing loss?

Hidden hearing loss is difficulty understanding speech and noise in people whose hearing is normal on a hearing test. Hidden hearing loss goes along with noise exposure and aging. It’s called hidden hearing loss because when people have a hearing test by an audiologist, they are told that their hearing is normal. In other words, their audiogram is normal. However, people with hidden hearing loss report that they have great difficulty understanding speech in noise, and that's the hidden part. The hearing seems to be normal on a hearing test, and yet their experience is that they have difficulty understanding speech in many typical noisy circumstances during their day.

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