Characterizing the speech-in-noise abilities of school-age children with a history of middle-ear diseases

  • Shno Koiek (Speaker)
  • Jens Bo Nielsen (Other)
  • Brandt, C. (Other)
  • Jesper Hvass Schmidt (Other)
  • Neher, T. (Other)

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Recently, a number of studies have indicated that recurrent or chronic middle-ear disease during early childhood may lead to long-term supra-threshold hearing deficits. The current study follows up by investigating differences in monaural and binaural hearing abilities in noise among school-age children with or without a history of middle-ear diseases. Participants were children aged 6-12 years with a history of recurrent otitis media with infection or effusion and without any previous ear diseases. All children had normal middle-ear function and normal audiometric hearing thresholds at the time of testing. Measurements included monaural and binaural speech recognition thresholds in the presence of stationary noise or competing speech. Sensitivity to monaural and binaural phase information in the presence of background noise was also assessed. Preliminary analyses based on the data from the first 20 participants indicate group differences in terms of speech recognition with competing speech and binaural phase sensitivity. Follow-up analyses based on a larger dataset will shed further light on how recurrent early-childhood middle-ear disease affects hearing abilities in noise and how any resulting deficits can be identified in clinical practice.
Period21. Aug 201923. Aug 2019
Event titleInternational Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research (2019): Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems
Event typeConference
LocationNyborg, DenmarkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational