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The impact of different background noises: effects on cognitive performance and perceived disturbance in employees with aided hearing impairment

Journal article
Authors Håkan Hua
Claes Möller
Magnus Emilsson
Kim R. Kähäri
Björn Lyxell
Published in Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Volume 25
Issue 9
Pages 859-868
ISSN 1050-0545
Publication year 2014
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 859-868
Language en
Keywords Cognitive performance, hearing impairment, labor market, noise, perceived disturbance, work
Subject categories Other Medical Sciences


Health care professionals frequently meet employees with hearing impairment (HI) who experience difficulties at work. There are indications that the majority of these difficulties might be related to the presence of background noise. Moreover, research has also shown that high-level noise has a more detrimental effect on cognitive performance and self-rated disturbance in individuals with HI than low-level noise. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of different types of background noise on cognitive performance and perceived disturbance (PD) in employees with aided HI and normal hearing.

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