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Listeners Who Have Low Hearing Thresholds Do Not Perform Better in Difficult Listening Tasks

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The relationship between measures of hearing acuity and performance in listening tasks for normally hearing subjects has not found a solid evidence. In this work six one-parameter measures of hearing acuity, based on audiograms, were used to investigate whether a relationship between these measures and listeners’ performance existed. The quantifiable results of several listening tests were analysed, using speech and non-speech stimuli. The results showed no correlation between hearing acuity and performance thus demonstrating that hearing acuity should not be a critical factor in the choice of listeners.

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