Impact of occupational noise induced hearing loss on central auditory processing

Project No. FF-FB 0078

Status:

completed 12/2006

Aims:

In order to determine central auditory processing disorders in persons with occupational noise induced hearing loss, such psychoacoustic tests were conducted that in a previous clinical study were found to be sensitive for the diagnosis of central auditory processing disorders.

Activities/Methods:

Discrimination of basic acoustic sound features using the 3AFC procedure. Interaural and dichotic sound presentation.

Results:

It could be shown that in consequence of noise-induced hearing loss an impairment of central auditory processing can occur.

This central auditory deficiency may contribute to an impaired speech perception in noisy environment (cocktail party effect).

The processing deficiency is not reflected by the audiological testing incorporated in the evaluation process. Employment of binaural tests for a comprehensive diagnose of hearing deficits gets obvious in order to adjust rehabilitation measures.

Last Update:

17-Jun-2009

Project

Financed by:
  • Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG)
Research institution(s):
  • Universität Leipzig
Branche(s):

-cross sectoral- -cross sectoral-

Type of hazard:

Arbeitsbedingte Erkrankungen, Lärm/Vibrationen

Catchwords:

Berufskrankheit, Lärm

Description, key words:

Noise, noise induced hearing loss, central auditory processing