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Sounds perceived as annoying by hearing-aid users in their daily soundscape
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Dept Clin & Expt Med, Div Tech Audiol, Linköping Univ, Linköping, Sweden ; Linnaeus Ctr HEAD, Swedish Inst Disabil Res, Dept Behav Sci & Learning, Linköping Univ, Linköping, Sweden.
Dept Clin & Expt Med, Div Tech Audiol, Linköping Univ, Linköping, Sweden ; Linnaeus Ctr HEAD, Swedish Inst Disabil Res, Dept Behav Sci & Learning, Linköping Univ, Linköping, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
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. Vol. 53, no 4, p. 259-269
Keywords [en]
Soundscape, annoying sounds, hearing aid, hearing-aid fitting
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Otorhinolaryngology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34849DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2013.876108ISI: 000332867100007PubMedID: 24495276Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84896353214OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-34849DiVA, id: diva2:714459
Available from: 2014-04-28 Created: 2014-04-25 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Perception of disturbing sounds: Investigations of people with hearing loss and normal hearing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perception of disturbing sounds: Investigations of people with hearing loss and normal hearing
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
perception, annoyance, loudness, hearing loss
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Disability Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64133 (URN)978-91-7529-229-8 (ISBN)
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

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