Problems hearing in noise in older adults: A review of spatial processing disorder

Glyde, Helen, Hickson, Louise, Cameron, Sharon and Dillon, Harvey (2011) Problems hearing in noise in older adults: A review of spatial processing disorder. Trends in Amplification, 15 3: 116-126. doi:10.1177/1084713811424885

Author Glyde, Helen
Hickson, Louise
Cameron, Sharon
Dillon, Harvey
Title Problems hearing in noise in older adults: A review of spatial processing disorder
Journal name Trends in Amplification   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1084-7138
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1084713811424885
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 116
End page 126
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications Inc.
Language eng
Subject 3616 Speech and Hearing
Abstract Difficulty understanding speech in background noise, even with amplification to restore audibility, is a common problem for hearing-impaired individuals and is especially frequent in older adults. Despite the debilitating nature of the problem the cause is not yet completely clear. This review considers the role of spatial processing ability in understanding speech in noise, highlights the potential impact of disordered spatial processing, and attempts to establish if aging leads to reduced spatial processing ability. Evidence supporting and opposing the hypothesis that spatial processing is disordered among the aging population is presented. With a few notable exceptions, spatial processing ability was shown to be reduced in an older population in comparison to young adults, leading to poorer speech understanding in noise. However, it is argued that to conclude aging negatively effects spatial processing ability may be oversimplified or even premature given potentially confounding factors such as cognitive ability and hearing impairment. Further research is required to determine the effect of aging and hearing impairment on spatial processing and to investigate possible remediation options for spatial processing disorder.
Keyword Aging
Simultaneous stream segregation
Spatial processing
Speech understanding in noise
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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