Pichora-Fuller: 'Ageing and the processing of sound'
Auditory temporal processing problems associated with neural presbycusis
likely account for the typical finding that older adults with good audiograms
need about a 3 dB S:N advantage to match the performance of younger adults
on a number of tasks ranging from word identification, sentence and discourse
comprehension, and memory. The nature of these age-related differences
in temporal processing will be related to speech and cognitive processsing
during spoken language comprehension. The research focuses not on how
many words are correctly identified but rather on inter- and intra-individual
differences in how and when lexical access occurs in younger and older
adults in a range of listening situations. This work has implications
for technical and behavioral rehabilitative audiology.