Hidden Hearing Respond to Study on Young Adult Hearing Aid Users

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to a planned study into hearing aid users aged 18-40.

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New research into the way we process hearing in loud environments is vital to the understanding of how to make hearing aids as effective as possible.

A team of researchers from the University of Nottingham are looking for hearing aid users aged 18-40 to complete a series of hearing tests in order to provide a greater understanding of what listening to speech in a noisy environment is like.

The study is looking to investigate whether the way people speak is related to how they understand the speech of others. The information will then be used to create inventions to improve the understanding of speech in noisy environments.

PhD student Rachel Haines is leading the research at National Institute for Health Research Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit and said:

“New research suggests that a person’s ability to understand speech and to produce speech is related. This has never been explored before in relation to thinking about the strategies people adopt to understand speech in noise. We think looking at this link could be a really exciting avenue to explore, potentially leading to intervention strategies.”

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“New research into the way we process hearing in loud environments is vital to the understanding of how to make hearing aids as effective as possible. We look forward to seeing the results of this study.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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