Working memory training for adult hearing aid users: study protocol for a double-blind randomized active controlled trial
Henshaw, Helen and Ferguson, Melanie A. (2013) Working memory training for adult hearing aid users: study protocol for a double-blind randomized active controlled trial. Trials, 14 (417). ISSN 1745-6215
Official URL: http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/14/1/417
Background: One in ten people aged between 55 to 74 years have a significant hearing impairment in their better hearing ear (as defined by audiometric hearing thresholds). However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the challenges faced by older listeners cannot be explained by the audiogram alone. The ability for people with hearing loss to use cognition to support speech perception allows for compensation of the degraded auditory input. This in turn offers promise for new cognitive-based rehabilitative interventions. Working memory is known to be highly associated with language comprehension and recent evidence has shown significant generalization of learning from trained working memory tasks to improvements in sentence-repetition skills of children with severe to profound hearing loss. This evidence offers support for further investigation into the potential benefits of working memory training to improve speech perception abilities in other hearing impaired populations.
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