Ear Hear 2021 Sep 14. Epub 2021 Sep 14.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom Hearing Sciences, Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Derby Road, Nottingham, United Kingdom Ear Science Institute Australia, Perth, Australia Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
Objectives: Performance on working memory tasks is positively associated with speech-in-noise perception performance, particularly where auditory inputs are degraded. It is suggested that interventions designed to improve working memory capacity may improve domain-general working memory performance for people with hearing loss, to benefit their real-world listening. We examined whether a 5-week training program that primarily targets the storage component of working memory (Cogmed RM, adaptive) could improve cognition, speech-in-noise perception and self-reported hearing in a randomized controlled trial of adult hearing aid users with mild to moderate hearing loss, compared with an active control (Cogmed RM, nonadaptive) group of adults from the same population. Read More