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Perception of disturbing sounds: Investigations of people with hearing loss and normal hearing
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9799-8844
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present thesis concerns the daily sound environment and the human perception of the same. The sound environment affects the possibility to be active in a communication. With background noise, it may be harder to hear desired signals, and when suffering from a hearing loss, negative effects of the background noise increase. Previous research has explored, that persons with hearing loss benefit from hearing aid usage, but there is a risk of non-usage due to low sound quality. The non-usage of hearing aids has furthermore been described as a cause of isolation and social withdrawal for persons with hearing loss.

The general aim of the present thesis is to explore the concept of disturbing sounds in a daily sound environment and to examine the influence of hearing loss and hearing aid usage. Disturbing sounds were investigated in means of perception of loudness and annoyance, where loudness concerned the acoustical properties, mainly sound level, whereas annoyance concerned the psychological phenomenon, defined as an individual adverse reaction to noise. The results of studies I and II showed, that hearing aid users experience disturbing sounds more or less daily, and that those sounds resulted in a decreased usage of hearing aids. The effect of disturbing sounds seemed to rely on several factors, acoustical as well as psychological, and there was not one single factor providing a full explanation of disturbance. In study III and IV, the perception of sounds in normal hearing and hearing impaired persons were thoroughly examined and revealed that hearing thresholds affect the perceived loudness and annoyance. Furthermore, the effect of hearing aids on loudness and annoyance perception was investigated. The results showed that hearing aids restored the loudness and annoyance to levels comparable to people with normal hearing function. The results of the studies stress that additional research should focus on the implementation of knowledge of disturbing sounds in audiological rehabilitation, in order to increase the benefit of hearing aid usage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University , 2018. , p. 77
Series
Studies from The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, ISSN 1650-1128 ; 89
Keywords [en]
perception, annoyance, loudness, hearing loss
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Disability Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64133ISBN: 978-91-7529-229-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64133DiVA, id: diva2:1173893
Public defence
2018-03-09, Örebro universitet, Prismahuset, Hörsal 1, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-02-15Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Sounds perceived as annoying by hearing-aid users in their daily soundscape
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sounds perceived as annoying by hearing-aid users in their daily soundscape
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 259-269Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The noises in modern soundscapes continue to increase and are a major origin for annoyance. For a hearing-impaired person, a hearing aid is often beneficial, but noise and annoying sounds can result in non-use of the hearing aid, temporary or permanently.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify annoying sounds in a daily soundscape for hearing-aid users.

Design: A diary was used to collect data where the participants answered four questions per day about annoying sounds in the daily soundscape over a two-week period.

Study sample: Sixty adult hearing-aid users. Results: Of the 60 participants 91% experienced annoying sounds daily when using hearing aids. The annoying sound mentioned by most users, was verbal human sounds, followed by other daily sound sources categorized into 17 groups such as TV/radio, vehicles, and machine tools. When the hearing-aid users were grouped in relation to age, hearing loss, gender, hearing-aid experience, and type of signal processing used in their hearing aids, small and only few significant differences were found when comparing their experience of annoying sounds.

Conclusions: The results indicate that hearing-aid users often experience annoying sounds and improved clinical fitting routines may reduce the problem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Informa Healthcare, 2014
Keywords
Soundscape, annoying sounds, hearing aid, hearing-aid fitting
National Category
Otorhinolaryngology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34849 (URN)10.3109/14992027.2013.876108 (DOI)000332867100007 ()24495276 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84896353214 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-04-28 Created: 2014-04-25 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved
2. Acoustic analysis of real-life sounds that affect hearing aid usage
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Acoustic analysis of real-life sounds that affect hearing aid usage
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Disability Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65013 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-15Bibliographically approved
3. Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds: perception by normal hearing subjects
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds: perception by normal hearing subjects
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 56, no 10, p. 775-783Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: Sounds in the daily environment may cause loudness and annoyance. The present study investigated the perception of loudness and annoyance for eight different sounds present in a daily sound environment and at nine different levels varying by ±20 dB around the recorded level. The outcomes were related to tests of participants' auditory and cognitive abilities.

DESIGN: The participants undertook auditory and working memory (WM) tests prior to ratings of everyday sounds previously shown to be disturbing for persons with hearing impairment (hearing aid users).

STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty-one participants aged between 24 and 71 years, with normal hearing threshold levels.

RESULTS: Both perceived loudness and annoyance were primarily driven by the sound level. Sounds emitted from paper were rated as having greater loudness and being more annoying than the other sound sources at the same sound level. Auditory and cognitive abilities did not influence the perception of loudness and annoyance.

CONCLUSIONS: Loudness and annoyance ratings were mainly driven by sound level. Expectations of a sound seemed to influence the assessment of loudness and annoyance while auditory performance and WM capacity showed no influence on the ratings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
Psychoacoustics/hearing science; noise; psycho-social/emotional; behavioural measures
National Category
Otorhinolaryngology Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-60890 (URN)10.1080/14992027.2017.1321790 (DOI)000416642900009 ()28485649 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85019114085 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-09-19 Created: 2017-09-19 Last updated: 2018-02-15Bibliographically approved
4. Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds: Perception by people with hearing loss
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds: Perception by people with hearing loss
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Disability Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65014 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-15Bibliographically approved

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