Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication (CHSCOM) edition:3 location:Linköping (Sweden) date:14-17 June 2015
As we age, we are often faced with upcoming speech understanding difficulties that later on gradually increase. It is known that presbycusis (hearing loss attributed to aging, despite normal health and without over-exposure to environmental noise) commonly has its onset in middle-age. Yet, hearing impairments are often detected and diagnosed much later, when speech intelligibility problems become more and more severe, inevitably leading to a demand for care.
The goal of the current study is to gain insight in the onset of communicational problems in a middle-aged population and in determining which measure is most sensitive in detecting these problems. Pure-tone averages, speech in noise data and oto-acoustic emissions were evaluated, together with self-report measures for a large, random sample of persons between 40-60 years of age. Preliminary results confirm that persons as young as 45 years of age show deteriorated self-report measures, whereas objective measures only start showing deteriorations at the ages of 50-55 years of age.