Listening is more effortful for new hearing aid wearers

Recent work out of Linkoping, Sweden suggests that new hearing aid wearers experience greater cognitive demands when listening. Over time they adapt to better resolve new auditory cues, decreasing the effort required for listening.

Ng, E., Classon, E., Larsby, B., Arlinger, S., Lunner, T., Rudner, M., Ronnberg, J. (2014). Dynamic relation between working memory capacity and speech recognition in noise during the first six months of hearing aid use. Trends in Hearing 18, 1-10.

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2 responses to “Listening is more effortful for new hearing aid wearers

  1. My wife and I live in my grandmother’s basement, and as such we make sure to take care of her day to day needs. She recently got some hearing aids, and she’s complained that they aren’t working very well for her. I appreciated this study about how new hearing aid wearers experience greater cognitive demands when listening. I’ll make sure to share some of this information with her so that she understands that it will get easier. Thanks!

  2. I think this assumption that the hearing aids have a greater cognitive demand for wearers is true. I have heard from my friend that he has a hard time focusing when there are a lot of noises. I think that is something you just have to learn to cope with and figure out who is talking.

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