ARC 2019: Can Hearing Aids Change the Way Adults Respond Emotionally to Sounds? (0.1 CEUs/Tier 1)
Recorded On: 03/27/2019
Can Hearing Aids Change the Way Adults Respond Emotionally to Sounds?
Presented by Erin Picou, AuD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University
- Describe the effects of hearing loss on emotional responses to non-speech sounds.
- Summarize the potential effects of hearing aids on emotional responses to sound.
- Identify hearing aid technologies with the potential to improve emotional responses for adults with hearing loss.
Adults with hearing loss demonstrate a reduced range of emotional responses to sounds (e.g., laughter, crying, music). Increasing the overall level and reducing the high-frequency emphasis also reduces the range of emotion for most listeners. The focus of this presentation will be on hearing aid interventions, including non-linear frequency compression and self-adjusted fittings, which have the potential to restore emotional responses for listeners with hearing loss.
Erin Picou is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She currently directs the Hearing and Affect Perception Interest (HAPI) laboratory, which is funded through a variety of industry and federal funding sources. Her research interests are primarily related to hearing aid technologies for adults and children, with a specific focus on speech recognition, listening effort, and emotional responses to sound. Erin is currently serving on the editorial board of the American Journal of Audiology and as a Section Editor for Ear and Hearing. In addition to her research activities, Erin is involved with teaching and mentoring AuD students at Vanderbilt.
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