Speech Discrimination

The speech discrimination test measures how well you can hear speech when it’s loud enough to comfortably hear. This is known as the Most Comfortable Level (MCL). Your hearing specialist will read or play a list of words given through headphones and you will repeat back what you hear.

Your speech discrimination score is measured in percent – 100% meaning you can hear and comprehend everything said to you, and 0% meaning you can’t hear and understand anything said, regardless of the loudness level. Scores below 90% point to problems with word recognition, while a score below 50% indicates poor word discrimination.