The role of cognition in common measures of peripheral synaptopathy and hidden hearing loss

Aryn M. Kamerer, Angela Aubuchon, Sara E. Fultz, Judy G. Kopun, Stephen T. Neely, Daniel M. Rasetshwane

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to quantify the portion of variance in several measures suggested to be indicative of peripheral noise-induced cochlear synaptopathy and hidden hearing disorder that can be attributed to individual cognitive capacity. Method: Regression and relative importance analysis was used to model several behavioral and physiological measures of hearing in 32 adults ranging in age from 20 to 74 years. Predictors for the model were hearing sensitivity and performance on a number of cognitive tasks. Results: There was a significant influence of cognitive capacity on several measures of cochlear synaptopathy and hidden hearing disorder. These measures include frequency modulation detection threshold, time-compressed word recognition in quiet and reverberation, and the strength of the frequency-following response of the speech-evoked auditory brainstem response. Conclusions: Measures of hearing that involve temporal processing are significantly influenced by cognitive abilities, specifically, short-term and working memory capacity, executive function, and attention. Research using measures of temporal processing to diagnose peripheral disorders, such as noise-induced synaptopathy, need to consider cognitive influence even in a young, healthy population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-856
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican journal of audiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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