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Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia

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Abstract

SANCHEZ, Maura Ligia et al. Auditory processing assessment in older people with no report of hearing disability. Rev. Bras. Otorrinolaringol. [online]. 2008, vol.74, n.6, pp. 896-902. ISSN 0034-7299.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-72992008000600013.

In the elderly, the results of central auditory pathways behavioral assessments are considered to be difficult to read because of the possible interference of peripheral auditory pathway involvement. AIM: Assess the efficacy of the central auditory function in elderly patients who do not complain of hearing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Case study involving 40 individuals within the age range of 60 to 75 years. The patients underwent auditory processing evaluation based on anamnesis, otorhinolaryngological exam, threshold tonal audiometry, speech recognition threshold, speech recognition index, immittance measures, stapes reflex study, synthetic phrases identification test with ipsilateral competitive message, frequency pattern test and alternate twin-syllable test through dichotic task; age range and hearing loss influenced results from the phrases identification with ipsilateral competitive message. Percentages of right answers below normal standards were seen in the three tests that assessed the central auditory functions. CONCLUSION: Elderly individuals who did not complain of hearing presented relevant prevalence of signs of central auditory function inefficiencies.

Keywords : central auditory diseases; elderly; auditory perceptual disorders; auditory pathways.

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