The ability to intentionally redirect attention based on task goals and stimulus properties is critical to communication in many environments. Individuals with normal hearing can often seamlessly accomplish this task. However, when a person has a damaged auditory system, such as with hearing loss, perceptual organization ability may also be impaired, possibly making it more difficult to direct attention to different auditory objects in the environment. Here we examined the behavioral cost associated with maintaining and switching attention in people with hearing loss compared to the normal hearing population.
Authors: Adrian KC Lee, Eric Larson, Christi W. Miller
Chairs: Robert Lufti, Elizabeth Strickland