Title: Onset of presbycusis in middle-aged persons
Authors: Vercammen, Charlotte
Goossens, Tine
Wouters, Jan
Van Wieringen, Astrid
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2015
Conference: Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication (CHSCOM) edition:3 location:Linköping (Sweden) date:14-17 June 2015
Abstract: 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.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Speech Therapy and Audiology Teaching Methodology and Practicals
Research Group Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology

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