THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE NAVAL AVIATOR'S SPEECH DISCRIMINATION TEST TO THE PURE TONE AUDIOGRAM
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL INST PENSACOLA FL
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The pure tone threshold audiogram required annually for naval aviators provides limited information toward determining their ability to understand speech in the aircraft. The Naval Aviators Speech Discrimination Test NASDT was developed to evaluate objectively the ability to understand very loud speech in a background of aircraft noise for those aviators whose hearing failed to meet the standards. An earlier study had indicated that there was no relationship between the results of the NASDT and the configuration of the pure tone audiogram therefore, to further examine this finding, data from pure tone threshold tests and the NASDT were obtained for over 500 men with different degrees of flight experience. Statistical analysis of the NASDT results showed that there was great consistency in scores made by the different groups. No practical correlations between NASDT scores and hearing threshold levels were found. Since the NASDT, therefore, appears to provide a more realistic evaluation of hearing in aircraft noise, it is suggested that it be employed as a supplementary test in the hearing evaluations of all aviators.
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