Ear Hear 2021 Apr 15. Epub 2021 Apr 15.
Oticon A/S, Smørum, Denmark Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden Eriksholm Research Centre, Snekkersten, Denmark Hearing Systems, Hearing Systems Group, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Amager, Denmark.
Objectives: Communication requires cognitive processes which are not captured by traditional speech understanding tests. Under challenging listening situations, more working memory resources are needed to process speech, leaving fewer resources available for storage. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of task difficulty predictability, that is, knowing versus not knowing task difficulty in advance, and the effect of noise reduction on working memory resource allocation to processing and storage of speech heard in background noise. Read More