New hearing technology: Closing gaps to normal hearing?
Speaker: Dr. Alejandro Lopez Valdes
(Senior Research Scientist in cognitive hearing sciences at Eriksholm Research Centre)
*Speaker has been changed due to special reason
Hearing loss has been historically associated with a loss of audibility as shown by an elevated hearing threshold. Quickly, it also became apparent that hearing loss also affects aspects of hearing beyond what is revealed by an audiogram, with many patients having difficulties in understanding speech in loud and noisy environments. These difficulties are believed to often lead people with hearing loss to change their behavior and avoid noisy places. Nowadays, the literature shows that hearing loss is in fact a complex condition that impacts different functions of the hearing system, the life quality of patients, with potential serious health consequences.
In this talk, He will first present a few key studies illustrating what is known today about the complexity of hearing loss and its consequences on the life quality and the health of patients. Then we will discuss how advanced signal processing should support people with hearing loss in noisy conditions. He will present research showing that advanced hearing aid technology can help people with hearing loss not only in understanding speech, but also in lowering the cognitive effort its takes to understand speech, and how they can use the spared cognitive capacity to memorize information. The combination of these benefits ultimately supporting people with hearing loss to be better engaged in listening environments where social interactions take place and likely minimize the impact of hearing loss on health.