A ten-minute hearing test can help diagnose 'party deafness'

Mail Online | 12/14/2019 | Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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A hearing test could help those suffering from the so-called ‘cocktail party problem’.

Many struggle – particularly over the festive season – to hear someone speaking to them against the background noise at a busy gathering. It often affects older partygoers who are losing their hearing, but can start in your 20s.

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An estimated 15 per cent of sufferers have normal hearing. This means a traditional hearing test – which sees people asked to press a button when they hear beeps of varying volume – fails to diagnose most sufferers.

Now scientists from University College London and Newcastle University have created a new method to diagnose the condition. The test reveals if someone’s brain cannot separate out conversation or if it is the change of pitch in a voice that they struggle with.

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This could lead to ‘brain training’ for sufferers to practise listening...
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