Exposing Hidden Hearing Loss, its Multiple Etiologies, and Clinical  Presentations – AUD Webinar

Date: March 14, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presenter: Zarin Mehta, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA, A.T. Still University

Hidden hearing loss (HHL) is a relatively recently reported auditory neuropathy when patients present with normal/near normal audiograms but difficulty with speech intelligibility. To perceive auditory signals, it is necessary that the peripheral cochlear sensory cells, cochlear neurons, and central auditory system are all functioning normally. In animal and human studies, HHL exhibits impaired cochlear neurotransmission because of defects of inner hair cell synapses with cochlear nerve fibers (auditory synaptopathy). In humans, the impaired cochlear neurotransmission manifests as difficulty understanding speech, especially in noise. These changes are often observed as a result of noise exposure, ageing, defective myelination, and with some neurodegenerative diseases. This presentation will explore the pathophysiology of HHL as reported in the literature along and its multiple etiologies. Clinical presentation(s) and management of HHL will be discussed and exemplified through case studies.

Learner Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the multiple etiologies of hidden hearing loss
  • Describe the clinical presentation(s) of hidden hearing loss
  • Identify and describe the appropriate management of hidden hearing loss

Information Level  Intermediate

Time Ordered Agenda (90 minutes)

6:00 – 6:05                 What is hidden hearing loss (HHL)?

6:05 – 6:15                 Pathophysiology of HHL

6:15 – 7:10                 Etiologies of HHL with clinical presentations

  1. Ageing and HHL – (5 minutes)
  2. b. Noise and HHL (with two case studies) – (15 minutes)
  3. c. Neurodegenerative conditions & HHL (with two case studies) – (20 minutes)
  4. HHL-like clinical presentation with psychological issues (with one case study) – (15 minutes)

7:10 – 7:20         Management of HHL

7:20 – 7:25                 Take home message

7:25 – 7:30                 Q and A

Presenter Bio
Zarin Mehta, PhD, is a tenured associate professor, and Chair of the AuD Admissions Committee at A.T. Still University (ATSU), in Mesa, AZ. She teaches in the areas of auditory & vestibular disorders, central auditory processing disorders, pediatrics, genetics, and pharmacology. She has several published articles and

is a regular presenter at the state and national level.

Disclosure Statements
Relevant Financial Disclosure:  Dr. Mehta is receiving an honorarium from the Arizona Speech Language Hearing Association for this presentation and is an employee of A.T. Still University, which will be referenced during the presentation.

Relevant Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Mehta has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education


Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.15 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.