Title: The Onset of Presbycusis in Middle-aged Persons
Authors: Vercammen, Charlotte
Goossens, Tine
Wouters, Jan
van Wieringen, Astrid
Issue Date: 23-Oct-2015
Conference: B-Audio location:Namur (Belgium) date:23 October 2015
Abstract: As people age, they are often faced with upcoming speech understanding difficulties. Even though it is known that presbycusis (hearing loss attributed to aging, despite normal health and without over-exposure to environmental noise) commonly sets in at middle-age, hearing impairments are often detected at a much later age 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 audiometry, 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 show that persons as young as 45 years of age show perceived handicap based on self-report measures, while objective measures yield diminishing performances after 50 years of age.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AMa
Appears in Collections:Speech Therapy and Audiology Teaching Methodology and Practicals
Research Group Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology

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