Acceptance of noise with monaural and binaural amplification

Melinda C. Freyaldenhoven, Patrick Plyler, James W. Thelin, Samuel B. Burchfield

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Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of monaural and binaural amplification on speech understanding in noise and acceptance of noise for 39 listeners with hearing impairment. Results demonstrated that speech understanding in noise improved with binaural amplification; however, acceptance of noise was not dependent on monaural or binaural amplification for most listeners. These results suggest that although two hearing aids maximize speech understanding ability in noise, most individuals' acceptance of noise, which is directly related to hearing aid use, may not be affected by the use of binaural amplification. It should be noted that monaural amplification resulted in greater acceptance of noise for some listeners, indicating that binaural amplification may negatively affect some individuals' willingness to wear hearing aids. It should also be noted that interaural differences in acceptance of noise might exist for some listeners; therefore, if only one hearing aid is fitted, monaural ANLs should be measured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-666
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Audiology
Volume17
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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Acceptance of noise with monaural and binaural amplification. / Freyaldenhoven, Melinda C.; Plyler, Patrick; Thelin, James W.; Burchfield, Samuel B.

In: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Vol. 17, No. 9, 10.2006, p. 659-666.

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Freyaldenhoven, Melinda C. ; Plyler, Patrick ; Thelin, James W. ; Burchfield, Samuel B. / Acceptance of noise with monaural and binaural amplification. In: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 2006 ; Vol. 17, No. 9. pp. 659-666.
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