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Hearing Disorders and Music

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[Feature] The complexities of music compared with speech or noise give rise to a number of challenges when evaluating hearing loss or hearing-protection strategies. There is a psychological dimension to some aspects of hyperacusis that depends partly on the nature of the sound itself, and the effects of recreational sound exposure may differ from for noise in the workplace. Various types of hidden hearing loss may lie behind an otherwise healthy audiogram, requiring measurements of otoacoustic emissions or other tests to discover them. People with hearing aids do not necessarily get a good listening experience with music, as most of these devices are still optimized mainly for speech.

JAES Volume 66 Issue 9 pp. 738-741; September 2018
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