We investigated whether a controlled reduction in auditory acuity, created by the insertion of specially designed earplugs in participants with normal hearing, would lead to unequal responses on a precedence effect task. The measurement of lag-burst thresholds was used to characterize the precedence effect. Participants with normal hearing were tested with and without the insertion of earplugs. Whereas performance was stable across participants in the condition without the earplug, it was highly variable under the earplug condition. These results suggest that uniformly degraded auditory acuity leads to increased variability in performance on tasks measuring fusion in the precedence effect.