The clinical assessment of obscure auditory dysfunction--1. Auditory and psychological factors.

  title={The clinical assessment of obscure auditory dysfunction--1. Auditory and psychological factors.},
  author={Gabrielle H. Saunders and Mark P. Haggard},
  journal={Ear and hearing},
  volume={10 3},
We define obscure auditory dysfunction (OAD) as the clinical presentation of reported difficulty understanding speech in the presence of noise accompanied by clinically "normal" hearing thresholds, and no other obvious cause. The term deliberately avoids particular pathophysiological connotations. A detailed characterization of such patients was undertaken as the basis for future diagnosis and management of OAD by clinicians. Twenty patients were compared with 20 pairs of controls (matched for… 
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