A common complaint among the elderly is difficulty in understanding spoken language, especially when the speech is rapid or in the presence of background noise.
The main theory explaining these complaints points to an age-related deficit in auditory temporal processing.
Researchers at the Auditory Perception Lab seek to understand the nature of this deficit and how it relates to speech comprehension.
Fostick, L., Taitelbaum-Swead, R., Kreitler, S., Zokraut, S., Billig, M. (in press). Auditory training to improve speech perception and self-efficacy in aging adults. Journal of Speech, Hearing and Language Research.
Fostick, L. (2019). Card playing enhances speech perception among aging adults: comparison with aging musicians. European Journal of Ageing, 16(4), 481-489.
Taitelbaum-Swead, R., Fostick, L. (2016). The effect of age and type of noise on speech perception under conditions of changing context and noise levels. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 68(1):16-21.
Fostick, L., Babkoff, H., Zukerman, G. (2014). Effect of 24 h of sleep deprivation on auditory and linguistic perception: A comparison with dyslexic readers and aging adults. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 1078-1088.
Fostick, L., Ben-Artzi, E., Babkoff, H. (2013). Aging and Speech Perception among the Elderly: Beyond Hearing Threshold and Cognitive Ability. Journal of Basic & Clinical Physiology & Pharmacology, 24(3), 175-83.