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  • 1.
    Carlsson, Per-Inge
    et al.
    Department of otorhioloaryngology, Central hospital, Karlstad, Sweden; Audiological Research Center, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Hjaldahl, Jennie
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Audiological Research Center, Örebro university hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Magnuson, Anders
    Clinical epidemiology and biostatistics unit, Örebro university hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Ternevall, Elisabeth
    Department of audiology, Karolinska University hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Edén, Margareta
    Department of hearing impairment and deafness, Mölndal hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Audiological Research Center, Örebro university hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Jönsson, Radi
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Sahlgrenska university Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Severe to profound hearing impairment: quality of life, psychosocial consequences and audiological rehabilitation2014In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 37, no 20, p. 1849-1856Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To study the quality of life (QoL) and psychosocial consequences in terms of sick leave and audiological rehabilitation given to patients with severe to profound hearing impairment.

    Method: A retrospective study of data on 2319 patients with severe to profound hearing impairment in The Swedish Quality Register of Otorhinolaryngology, followed by a posted questionnaire including The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). 

    Results: The results indicate greater levels of anxiety and depression among patients with severe or profound hearing impairment than in the general population, and annoying tinnitus and vertigo had strong negative effects on QoL. The proportion of sick leave differed between the studied dimensions in the study. The proportion of patients who received extended audiological rehabilitation was 38% in the present study. 

    Conclusions: Treatment focused on anxiety, depression, tinnitus and vertigo must be given early in the rehabilitation process in patients with severe or profound hearing impairment. Because sick leave differs greatly within this group of patients, collaboration with the regional Social Insurance Agency is crucial part of the rehabilitation. The study also shows that presently, only a small proportion of patients in Sweden with severe to profound hearing impairment receive extended audiological rehabilitation. Implications for Rehabilitation

    • Greater levels of anxiety and depression have been found among patients with severe or profound hearing impairment than in the general population, and annoying tinnitus and vertigo have strong negative effects on QoL in this group of patients.

    • Only a small proportion of patients with severe to profound hearing impairment receive extended audiological rehabilitation today, including medical, technical and psychosocial efforts.

    • Extended audiological rehabilitation focused on anxiety, depression, tinnitus and vertigo must be given, together with technical rehabilitation, early in the rehabilitation process in patients with severe or profound hearing impairment.

  • 2.
    Eriksson, Erik
    et al.
    Umeå Univ, Umeå, Sweden.
    Sullivan, Kirk
    Umeå Univ, Umeå, Sweden.
    Zetterholm, Elisabeth
    Linne Univ, Växjö, Sweden.
    Czigler, Peter
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
    Green, James
    Univ Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
    van Doorn, Jan
    Umeå Univ, Umeå, Sweden.
    Detection of imitated voices: who are reliable earwitnesses?2010In: The international journal of speech language and the law, ISSN 1748-8885, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 25-44Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Factors affecting an individual's ability to identify people aurally are of forensic importance. This paper investigates how topic, dialect, gender, age, and hearing status affect detection of an imitated voice. Two imitations of the same person, but on different topics, were used as familiarization voices. One topic was associated with this person, and the other was not. Using discrimination sensitivity (d-prime) it was found that topic had a significant impact on d', as did age (but only when the topic was not associated with the imitated person). Dialect, gender and hearing status were not significant. The older group of listeners was less convinced by the imitations and in particular the one not associated with the person being imitated. These results imply that the validity of earwitness evidence is negatively affected by age and topic.

  • 3.
    Granberg, Sarah
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Audiological Research Centre, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; HEAD Graduate School, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Möller, Kerstin
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; HEAD Graduate School, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Möller, Claes
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Audiological Research Centre, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
    Danermark, Berth
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
    The ICF Core Sets for hearing loss: researcher perspective, Part II: Linking outcome measures to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)2014In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 53, no 2, p. 77-87Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To link outcome measures used in audiological research to the ICF classification and thereby describe audiological research from the ICF perspective.

    Design: Through a peer-reviewed or a joint linking procedure, link outcome measures to the ICF classification system using standardized ICF linking rules. Additional linking rules were developed in combination with the established rules to overcome difficulties when connecting audiological data to ICF. Absolute and relative frequencies of ICF categories were reported.

    Study sample: The identified outcome measures from the previous study (Part I) constituted the empirical material. Results: In total, 285 ICF categories were identified. The most prevalent categories were related to listening, hearing functions, auditory perceptions, emotions and the physical environment, such as noise and hearing aids. Categories related to communication showed lower relative frequencies, as did categories related to the social and attitudinal environment.

    Conclusions: Based on the linked outcome measures, communication as a research topic is subordinated to other research topics. The same conclusion can be drawn for research targeting the social and attitudinal environment of adults with HL. Difficulties in the linking procedure were highlighted and discussed, and suggestions for future revisions of the ICF from the audiological perspective were described.

  • 4. Rudner, M.
    et al.
    Dahlström, Ö.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
    Alvinzi, L.
    Thunberg, Per
    Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Örebro University Hospital.
    Sörqvist, P.
    Rönnberg, J.
    Lyxell, B.
    Möller, Claes
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
    Does working memory training improve speech recognition in noise?2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Listening to speech in noise is often reported to be effortful, especially for individuals with hearing impairment, and many studies have shown that the ability to recognize speech in noise is positively associated with working memory capacity. We reasoned that if working memory capacity could be increased by training this might improve the ability to recognize speech in noise and modulate the neural activation associated with it. Adults with normal (NH) and impaired hearing (HI) were randomized to five weeks of CogMed QM training followed by five weeks of no training, or vice versa, according to a crossover design. Auditory and cognitive abilities were tested on four occasions: pre-training, T1; after 5 weeks, T2; after 10 weeks, T3 and after a further six months, T4. During fMRI scanning at T1, T2 and T3, the participants listened to stereotyped matrix type sentences in pink noise and competing talker noise at individually adapted 50% and 90% intelligibility levels as well as in quiet. Behavioural results show that although HI had worse auditory abilities than NH, there was no significant difference in cognitive ability, with the exception of phonological processing, which tended to be slower (cf Classon et al. 2013). Performance on most of cognitive tasks improved across sessions, although this could not be specifically attributed to training. We found no consistent pattern of correlations between working memory and the ability to understand speech in noise either before or after training. fMRI results did not reveal any significant effect of training and furthermore there was no significant effect of hearing status. However, there was a significant between group difference in activation of the left temporal gyrus (-44 -23 10) for the contrast speech in pink noise (across intelligibility levels) vs clear speech. There was also an interaction (p < .001 uncorrected) between group and testing occasion in the right superior frontal gyrus (7 58 16) for the contrast speech in noise (across types and levels) vs clear speech. Further, activation in left superior temporal gyrus (-56 -20 -2) correlated more strongly with intelligibility in NH compared HI participants.

    These results suggest that even when cognitive abilities are matched and intelligibility is individually adjusted, there are differences relating to hearing impairment in the neural mechanisms supporting speech in noise processing. The pattern of results suggests hearing-related differences in bottom-up processing mechanisms across time and hearing-related differences in top-down mechanisms that change over time. However, we found no evidence that working memory training improves speech recognition in noise.

    References:Classon, E., Rudner, M. & Rönnberg, J. (2013). Working memory compensates for hearing relatedphonological processing deficit. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46, 17-29.doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2012.10.001CogMed QM, developed by CogMed Cognitive Medical Systems AB, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006

  • 5.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Örebro University Hospital.
    Perception in normal hearing subjects2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
    Perception of disturbing sounds: Investigations of people with hearing loss and normal hearing2018Doctoral 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.

    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: 2018-08-06Bibliographically 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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  • 7.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University hospital, Sweden; SIDR (Swedish Institute of Disability Research).
    Signal processing to ease of listening effort for persons with profound hearing loss2019Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Sweden .
    Köbler, Susanne
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Sweden .
    Stenfelt, Stefan
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Sweden; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden .
    Acoustic analysis of real-life sounds that affect hearing aid usageManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Audiological Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Örebro, Sweden.
    Köbler, Susanne
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Audiological Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Örebro, Sweden.
    Stenfelt, Stefan
    Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Örebro, Sweden; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds: perception by normal hearing subjects2017In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 56, no 10, p. 775-783Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 10.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden .
    Köbler, Susanne
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden .
    Stenfelt, Stefan
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping Sweden.
    Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds: Perception by people with hearing lossManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Audiological Research Center, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Lyxell, Björn
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Thunberg, Per
    Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. Department of Medical Physics, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Sörqvist, Patrik
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; EDepartment of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Lundin, Margareta
    Audiological Research Center, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Department of Radiology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Johnsrude, Ingrid
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
    Rudner, Mary
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Rönnberg, Jerker
    Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Möller, Claes
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Audiological Research Center, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Cognitive training and effects on speech-in noise performance in normal hearing and hearing impaired individuals2015In: CHSCOM2015: Abstract book, Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015, p. 127-127Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Cognitive training might have potential to improve speech understanding under adverse listening conditions. Here, we have examined the effects of a 5-week computer-based cognitive training program on speech-in-noise-performance, in normal hearing (NH) participants and in participants with mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss (HI).

    Two groups, matched on gender and age (45-65 years), of 20 participants each (HI and NH respectively) are recruited. Participants perform four test-sessions; inclusion (t0), five weeks (t1), ten weeks (t2) and six months (t3). Training is performed either between t0 and t1, or between t1 and t2 (using a cross-over design), using the computer-based Cogmed training program, approximately 30-40 minutes per day, five days per week, during five weeks. At each session participants are tested in three different ways: (a) cognitive testing (KIPS, SICSPAN, TRT); (b) auditory performance (pure tone-audiometry (air- and bone-conduction) and speech audiometry (HINT, Swedish SPIN-test (SNR +4dB))); (c) cortical activation (MR sessions where participants performed a speech-in-noise task using Hagerman-sentences with steady-state speech-spectrum noise (SSN) and with two competing talkers). MR imaging is performed on a Philips Achieva 1.5 Tesla scanner using a sparse imaging technique in which stimuli are presented during the silent period between successive scans. Participants listen to auditory stimuli under eight different conditions: clear speech, SSN or two competing talkers (each at 90%, 50% and 0% intelligibility), and silent rest. Pre- and post-training, hearing disability is assessed by the Speech-Spatial-Qualities-Questionnaire.

    The study is on-going and behavioral results as well as results from fMRI will be presented.

  • 12.
    Skagerstrand, Åsa
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Stenfelt, Stefan
    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.
    Arlinger, Stig
    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.
    Wikström, Joel
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
    Sounds perceived as annoying by hearing-aid users in their daily soundscape2014In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 259-269Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

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