Self-Reported Hearing Problems in Daily Life Throughout Adulthood

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The authors assessed age differences on self-reported hearing problems on the performance of auditory tasks in the natural environment. The Your Hearing questionnaire was administered to 265 respondents (aged 20–94 years). Both the degree and variability of self-reported hearing problems were found to increase significantly with age, including those associated with listening to speech under conditions of background noise, the perception of normal and distroted speech, and the perception of short segments of speech and the perception of high-pitched sounds. Experienced hearing problems were greater for Ss who judged their hearing as being of poor quality. Findings suggest that self-report measures can provide valuable insights into the impact of age-related hearing disability on daily life that are not provided by more traditional laboratory-based studies.

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