Is recognizing speech like riding a bike? Is it a skill that never goes away once you’ve learned it? Or, can adult onset hearing loss negatively impact speech recognition?
Researchers have been asking that question for a long time. Three different studies — in 1984, 1987 and 1999, respectively — resulted in evidence that suggests auditory deprivation does have speech recognition consequences.
All three studies focused on people with bilateral hearing loss, who only wore a hearing aid in one ear. The findings showed signs of reduced speech recognition in unaided ears, suggesting that if we don’t use it, we may indeed lose it.
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Gelfand, S.A., Silman, S., Ross, L. (1987). Long-term effects of monaural, binaural, and no amplification in subjects with bilateral hearing loss. Scandinavian Audiology, 16, 201-207.
Hurley, R. (1999). Onset of auditory deprivation. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 10, 529-534.
Silman, S., Gelfand, S., & Silverman, C.A. (1984). Late-onset auditory deprivation: Effects of monaural versus binaural hearing aids. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 76(5), 1357-1362.