An experiment was conducted to examine the impact of hearing impairment on the processing of simultaneous sentences. Young listeners, with and without sensorineural hearing loss, heard two simultaneous messages presented separately to the two ears and were required to report keywords from both. Report of the second message was poorer and more sensitive to signal-to-noise ratio than report of the first. Hearing loss resulted in poorer performance overall, but especially on the second message. Divided listening may be a more sensitive measure than selective listening for assessing hearing handicap and the benefits of rehabilitation.