Patterns of listening effort in individuals with hearing loss vs individuals with simulated hearing loss: a comparative study
The goal of this research is to study the effects of hearing loss on listening effort. Participants will consist of two groups- adults with moderate sensorineural hearing loss (HL) and adults with normal hearing (NH) acuity. The measure of listening effort to be used will be reaction time, which is the amount of time between the end of the stimulus and the start of the participant's verbal response. Each HL participant will complete a speech in noise task in various levels of background noise. Subsequently, a paired NH participant will complete the same task while listening through a simulation of the HL participant's hearing loss. The data will then be analyzed to compare each group's performance. If patterns of listening effort are similar between groups, it can be speculated that listening effort is primarily a function of auditory characteristics. If the patterns are significantly different, this would suggest there are additional factors beyond the auditory system that affect listening effort. If the patterns are different, it is possible that either group will display more listening effort.