Journal article

Preferred listening levels: the effect of background noise for moderate-to-profoundly hearing impaired aid users.

MR Dean, HJ McDermott

Scandinavian Audiology | Published : 2000


The effects of background noise on the choice of preferred listening level for moderately-to-profoundly hearing impaired adults were investigated. During three listening conditions: 'quiet' (isolated monosyllables), 'suppress' (speech with noise attenuated in the gaps between words), and 'steady' (speech with continuous noise), subjects chose a level that maximized intelligibility without being uncomfortable while listening through a hearing aid. The group mean preferred level for 'suppress' was significantly higher than for 'steady', indicating that the level of noise between words influenced these subjects' choice of listening level. Average word recognition scores were higher in 'suppress..

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