Beyond Audibility: The Role of Supra-threshold Auditory Processing and Cognition in Presbycusis

Studies demonstrate that, even in the absence of elevated audiometric thresholds, various levels of speech processing are affected by age and co-occur with changes in cognition and a decline in the sensitivity to supra-threshold temporal cues. Christian F├╝llgrabe, PhD, says that, from a clinical perspective, this indicates a need for diagnostic tests in addition to the audiogram when assessing the hearing of older people.