This subjective test examines speech-processing abilities throughout the auditory system and can also be used to crosscheck the validity of hearing thresholds obtained by pure tone audiometry assessment. It is a much more rigorous test of hearing than basic pure tone assessment but takes much longer to perform.
You will be required to sit in a soundproof booth with headphones and listen to a series of wordlists. Some words will be loud and others very faint. You should repeat the word straightaway as best you can. If you only hear part of the word, you should say whatever you think you heard.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.