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Hearing loss in the extended high frequencies, despite a normal audiogram, could affect speech-in-noise recognition. However, it is not known if extended high frequency (EHF) hearing loss is associated with everyday listening and communication deficits. The present study aimed to determine the functional effects of impaired EHF hearing among adults using the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ). A secondary objective was to evaluate the relationship between objective (speech-in-noise recognition) and subjective (SSQ) measures of hearing function. Listeners with EHF hearing loss provided lower SSQ ratings compared with their EHF-normal counterparts. The lower ratings could not be attributed to the age or standard audiogram of the listeners. Ratings from more than 50% of EHF-impaired listeners were below the 2 SD cutoff point obtained from EHF-normal listeners. The mean speech recognition threshold was poorer for EHF-impaired listeners, and a poorer speech recognition threshold was associated with lower SSQ ratings, i.e., poorer self-reported hearing ability. For some listeners, EHF hearing loss could be the missing link between self-reported hearing difficulty in the presence of a normal audiogram. These findings provide evidence for the functional deficits associated with EHF hearing loss and invoke the need for future investigations into the management of EHF loss.


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The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America



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