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How can hearing loss make it harder to follow a conversation in noisy places?

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The background noise at malls and restaurants is generally low-pitched, while many letters in speech, such as “f” and “s,” are high-pitched. If you have trouble hearing the high tones, you will hear the noise better than the speech of people around you. Age-related changes in how the brain processes sound can also make it harder to ignore background noise.

From: 6 Subtle Signs of Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Age-Related Hearing loss.”

JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Hearing impairment associated with depression in US adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, 2005-2010.”

Archives of Neurology : "Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.”

Medscape: “Presbycusis,” “Age-Related Hearing Loss in Men.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Audiogram of Familiar Sounds.”

Ear and Hearing : "The effects of hearing aid use on listening effort and mental fatigue associated with sustained speech processing demands.”

Better Hearing Institute: “Signs of Hearing Loss.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 01, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Age-Related Hearing loss.”

JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Hearing impairment associated with depression in US adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, 2005-2010.”

Archives of Neurology : "Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.”

Medscape: “Presbycusis,” “Age-Related Hearing Loss in Men.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Audiogram of Familiar Sounds.”

Ear and Hearing : "The effects of hearing aid use on listening effort and mental fatigue associated with sustained speech processing demands.”

Better Hearing Institute: “Signs of Hearing Loss.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 01, 2019

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