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Listening comprehension across the adult lifespan.

Authors
  • Sommers, Mitchell S1
  • Hale, Sandra
  • Myerson, Joel
  • Rose, Nathan
  • Tye-Murray, Nancy
  • Spehar, Brent
  • 1 Department of Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ear and hearing
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
32
Issue
6
Pages
775–781
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0b013e3182234cf6
PMID: 21716112
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Results suggest that age-related reductions in auditory sensitivity account for a sizable portion of individual variance in listening comprehension that was observed across the adult lifespan. Other potential contributors including a possible role for age-related declines in perceptual and cognitive abilities are discussed. Clinically, the results suggest that amplification is likely to improve listening comprehension but that increased audibility alone may not be sufficient to maintain listening comprehension beyond age 65 and 70 yr. Additional research will be needed to identify potential target abilities for training or other rehabilitation procedures that could supplement sensory aids to provide additional improvements in listening comprehension.

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