How Is LDL (Loudness Discomfort Level) Measured?

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    1. ozgeA

      ozgeA Member

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      Hi guys!!

      Recently I have been wondering how is the LDL test measured?

      Does it measure uncomfortable level or unbearable level?

      Any replies appreciated :)

      At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
      Frida Kahlo
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    2. Juan

      Juan Member

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      It's more like uncomfortable level. The LDL test is quite simple: the test consists of beeps at intervals that increase in volume, and you push a button once you hear a sound that is uncomfortable. Typically you will hear a lot of distortion and a great increase of the volume of sound when you reach your LDL, the uncomfortable level for a certain frequency.
    3. Gman
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      Gman Member Benefactor

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      If you have H and/or TTTS, don’t do LDL testing. I know this from experience.
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    4. dingaling

      dingaling Member

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      The LDL test is very subjective and should be undertaken with caution by an experienced audiologist. Essentially, you listen to the beeps slowly increasing in volume and press the button when they start to become uncomfortably loud (note the emphasis on the word start)

      And yes, it should not be performed on people with tinnitus, hyperacusis or known anxiety
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    5. Blue28

      Blue28 Member

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      This test can be very damaging to people who have hearing damage, tinnitus and hyperacusis... I'm speaking from personal experience. A lot of audiologists are unaware of the further damage this test can cause.

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