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April 1980

Central Auditory Dysfunction Among Chronic Alcoholics

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Speech Communication, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Dr Spitzer), and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (Dr Ventry).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(4):224-229. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790280032006

• The relationship between chronic alcoholism and auditory processing problems was examined using a central auditory test battery. Fifteen carefully selected alcoholic subjects and 15 age-matched nonalcoholic control subjects were evaluated using pure-tone thresholds, spondee thresholds, speech discrimination, acoustic reflex thresholds, performance-intensity function, Staggered Spondaic Word (SSW) test, Synthetic Sentence Identification (SSI), and temporal summation. Significant differences between the groups were obtained for acoustic reflex measurement, SSW, and SSI. A significant subject-related interaction was obtained for temporal summation measurement. Approximately half of the alcoholics yielded results consistent with brainstem pathologic features.

(Arch Otolaryngol 106:224-229, 1980)

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