Acta Acust United Acust 2018 1;104(5):787-791. Epub 2018 Sep 1.
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
The ability to intentionally control attention based on task goals and stimulus properties is critical to communication in many environments. However, when a person has a damaged auditory system, such as with hearing loss, perceptual organization may also be impaired, making it more difficult to direct attention to different auditory objects in the environment. Here we examined the behavioral cost associated with maintaining and switching attention in people with hearing loss compared to the normal hearing population, and found a cost associated with attending to a target stream in a multi-talker environment that cannot solely be attributed to audibility issues. Read More