The Cocktail Party Effect

Posted Nov 25th, 2021 in Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Protection

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The Impact of the "Cocktail Party Effect" on Hearing Loss

The holidays are upon us! Soon, we will be gathering with our friends, attending family dinners, get-togethers, and outings, and digging out the decorations while listening to the family argue about what should go where. This bustle of activity brings with it a mishmash of sounds that all seem to run together.

This chaos is the "cocktail party effect," which is the difficulty to hear in a loud, crowded environment like a party or a crowded restaurant. Anyone with hearing loss, and many people without, are familiar with it.

Some causes of this effect do not come from the obvious assumption that there's just too much background noise going on. That may be part of the reason, but another part may be due to the fact that people suffering from hearing loss may also have a difficult time processing the sounds of speech. The brain may get confused when the sounds of speech that enter the left ear are different than those that enter the right ear. For someone who's hearing impaired, the sounds coming into each ear may blend together and become unintelligible.

This can be especially difficult during the holidays. When we gather together to share the joys of the season with our friends and family, we want to join in on the fun! We don't want to feel left out.


If you find that hearing what everyone is saying at those crazy family gatherings is becoming more and more difficult, we can help you discover the hearing technology that will allow you to hear what matters the most and join the fun. Contact us to book your hearing assessment today!

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