Poster #: 42
Topic: Development (infancy, childhood, adolescence, and aging)
Friday, Sep 11, 2015
Impaired auditory processing with aging
1Otorhinolaryngology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, United States
2Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, United States
Aging adults often have difficulty understanding speech with multiple competing sound sources. For aging individuals without a sensorineural hearing loss, it is not well understood what type of impairments contribute to the inability to listen to one sound stream among many. This study investigated several levels of sound processing to determine what types of impairments may contribute to difficulty hearing a single sound stream among competing sounds in aging individuals with normal hearing. Electrophysiologic and behavioral measures were obtained to assess the ability to segregate target sounds from competing background sounds. The data expose differences in auditory processing associated with normal aging.