Individual differences in hearing aid outcomes

Individual differences in hearing aid outcomes

My postdoctoral work at Northwestern University focused on understanding individual differences that predict hearing aid outcomes, including speech in noise perception, listening effort, and perceived sound quality. Previous laboratory-based studies suggest a link between an individual’s susceptibility to signal modification caused by hearing aid processing and cognitive function. I worked on a clinical trial, using commercially available hearing aids, that investigated the effects of signal modification introduced by wide-dynamic range compression speed and frequency compression. We found that hearing aid outcomes relate to individual differences in audiometric thresholds, age, and working memory capacity.

Publications

Objectives. Previous work has suggested that individual characteristics, including amount of hearing loss, age, and working memory …

Clinicians have long used self-report methods to assess hearing aid benefit. However, there are fewer data as to whether self-report …

Objective: Older hearing-impaired adults typically experience difficulties understanding speech in noise. Most hearing aids address …

Older adults are living longer and more active lives than ever before. For audiologists, that means a larger number of clients who …