Low-frequency hearing thresholds of young and older adults: 2nd report

Kenji Kurakata, Tazu Mizunami, Hiroshi Sato, Yukio Inukai

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Abstract

The hearing threshold for low-frequency tones of 10-160 Hz was measured in a pressure field to investigate the effects of aging on hearing sensitivity. Participants were young adults of 19-25 years old and older adults of 60 years and over. Measurement results showed that the older listeners had a higher threshold than the young listeners on average. However, the difference of median thresholds between these two groups was 5-10 dB at every measurement frequency, which was a much smaller difference than that observed for high-frequency tones around 2,000 Hz and above. Comparison of the low-frequency thresholds and audiograms of the listeners indicated almost no correlation between these two. These experimental results suggest that older people retain good hearing sensitivity in the low-frequency region compared to their degraded sensitivity at higher frequencies. The second report of the study presented at Low Frequency 2006 in Bristol, UK: the number of participants was increased.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTurkish Acoustical Society - 36th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2007 ISTANBUL
Pages3313-3320
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event36th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2007 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 2007 Aug 282007 Aug 31

Publication series

NameTurkish Acoustical Society - 36th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2007 ISTANBUL
Volume5

Other

Other36th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2007
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period07/8/2807/8/31

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Kurakata, K., Mizunami, T., Sato, H., & Inukai, Y. (2007). Low-frequency hearing thresholds of young and older adults: 2nd report. In Turkish Acoustical Society - 36th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2007 ISTANBUL (pp. 3313-3320). (Turkish Acoustical Society - 36th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2007 ISTANBUL; Vol. 5).