Listening and Learning: Cognitive Contributions to the Rehabilitation of Older Adults With and Without Audiometrically Defined Hearing Loss

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Abstract

Here, we describe some of the ways in which aging negatively affects the way sensory input is transduced and processed within the aging brain and how cognitive work is involved when listening to a less-than-perfect signal. We also describe how audiologic rehabilitation, including hearing aid amplification and listening training, is used to reduce the amount of cognitive resources required for effective auditory communication and conclude with an example of how listening effort is being studied in research laboratories for the purpose(s) of informing clinical practice.

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