Just a reminder that tomorrow Dr Matthew Winn (University of Minnesota in the department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences)
will be speaking on “Measuring the invisible effort of listening with hearing loss” at
2pm (GMT) on the 9th of February (9/2/2023).
Dr Winn’s work is all about understanding how hearing loss affects people, both in terms of speech communication and participation in relationships and society.
Dr Winn’s work is all about speech communication and the things that make it difficult for people who have hearing loss. He is an audiologist and hearing scientist with training in speech science, cochlear implants, and linguistics. His
lab is funded by the National Institutes of Health to study listening effort, motivated by real experiences that often get overlooked in clinic appointments and laboratory studies. The goal of this work is to better understand the factors that lead to frustration
and giving up, as well as understanding how hearing loss affects a person’s participation in relationships and society.
A brief abstract for the talk can be found below:
For people with hearing loss, the effort of listening to speech can have significant impact on quality of life that goes overlooked in clinical evaluations and scientific experiments. In this talk, I focus on how the effort of mentally correcting a misperceived
word could last long enough to impair perception of the next sentence, derailing the entire conversation or draining motivation. This talk will explain the ways that we can measure and explain the timing and precision of listening effort using measurements
of pupil dilation. There are three takeaway messages: 1) intelligibility scores don’t give an adequate picture of listening effort, 2) the effort from one moment carries forward to impair perception of later words, and 3) that increased effort is not detectable
in the voice of the listener as they give verbal responses. These studies show that listening effort changes on a moment-to-moment basis and is partly under control of the listener, opening up the door for improved theoretical models and new approaches to
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