Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2012 , Vol 15, Issue 1
Güçlü Kaan BERİAT1, Soner ÖZKAN2
1Ufuk Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Kulak Burun Boğaz Anabilim Dalı ANKARA
2Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Kulak Burun Boğaz Anabilim Dalı ANKARA
Introduction: C: The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether the frequency auditory pattern recognition test (FAPRT) and the duration auditory pattern recognition test (DAPRT) have a place in the routine audiologic test battery for geriatric patients aged 60 years and older.

Materials and Method: 88 ears of 44 patients (27 females and 17 males) aged 60 years and over were evaluated. Digital CD recordings of the Gaps-in-Noise (GIN) test (full version F.E. Musiek, Ph.D.Version 02.04.2003) were used to evaluate these patients.

Results: A negative correlation was detected between increasing age and pure-tone hearing thresholds, discrimination scores, and FAPRT and DAPRT scores (p < 0.01). A positive correlation was found between aging, pure-tone threshold and speech dicrimination percentage, and FAPRT and DAPRT scores (p < 0.01). Moreover, discrimination percentages showed a positive correlation with FAPRT and DAPRT scores.

Conclusion: A significant correlation was noted between FAPRT and DAPRT scores and classical auditory test battery scores. These results show that FAPRT and DAPRT can be included in the auditory test battery for the geriatric population. Keywords : Aged; Audiology; Audiometry; Auditory Perceptual Disorders