HESP Seminar: Electrophysiological advances to improve management with hearing aids and cochlear...
Monday, October 10, 2022
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
2208 LeFrak Hall
Title: "Electrophysiological advances to improve management with hearing aids and cochlear implants"
Speaker: Samira Anderson (University of Maryland)
Abstract: The standard of care for fitting and programming hearing aids and cochlear implants has included measures that ensure audibility of speech signals while maintaining comfortable loudness levels. These measures typically do not consider processing beyond the cochlea/auditory nerve. Electrophysiological (EEG) measures can be used to objectively assess auditory processing in the brainstem and cortex, and may provide insight into the listening difficulties reported by hearing aid and cochlear implant users. In this seminar, I will present a series of capstone studies conducted by our Au.D. students. They used EEG to assess effects of hearing aid and cochlear implant parameters on brainstem and cortical speech processing. The results of these studies suggest that hearing aid fitting and cochlear implant mapping procedures may be improved through incorporation of EEG measures, especially for patients who are struggling to adapt to their devices.