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Listening Effort

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Older adults often exert substantial effort to understand speech in background noise to the detriment of other cognitive and physical activities. Functional neuroimaging studies with younger and older adults with normal hearing will test the hypothesis that listening effort is driven by the engagement of executive function processes that support speech recognition in challenging conditions. This research lays the groundwork for developing clinical assessments and interventions that effectively target listening effort in older adults with normal or impaired hearing.

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