The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

Perception of Consonants in Speech-Shaped Noise among Young and Middle-Aged Adults

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Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, India

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Department of Ear Nose Throat, Little Flower Hospital and Research Centre, Angamaly, India

J Int Adv Otol 2016; 12: 184-188
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2016.2467
Read: 500 Downloads: 121 Published: 03 September 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The present study was carried out to compare the consonant perception of young and middle-aged adults in quiet and noisy listening conditions.

 

MATERIALS and METHODS: Twenty-nine adults aged between 18 and 55 years old participated in the study, and were separated into two groups based on their age: Group I, comprising 15 young adults aged between 18 and 40 years old, and Group II, comprising 14 middle-aged adults aged between 41 and 55 years old. All the participants had normal hearing sensitivity in both ears.

 

RESULTS: Consonant perception was better in favorable listening conditions for both young and middle-aged adults. Comparison of the consonant identification scores of young and middle-aged adults showed significantly poorer scores among middle-aged adults in both quiet and noisy listening conditions.

 

CONCLUSION: The findings of the present study reveal that middle-aged adults have small but significant consonant perception difficulties compared to younger adults in quiet and noisy listening conditions.

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