Speech discrimination tests uses lists of isolated words or sentences and are presented to the patient by either live voice or recorded speech. It is commonly used in conjunction with pure-tone audiometry to determine the degree and type of hearing loss.
Speech discrimination tests also provides information regarding discomfort or tolerance to speech stimuli and information on word recognition abilities. It can help determine proper gain and maximum output of hearing aids and other amplifying devices for patients with significant hearing losses and help assess how well they hear in noisy situations.
Speech discrimination tests is included in the battery of tests for Medical Flight Tests or pilot assessment.