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Ecological Momentary Assessment and Modern Hearing Aids

AAA 2021 Virtual: Ecological Momentary Assessment and Modern Hearing Aids

Presented at AAA 2021 Virtual

Presenter: Donald Hayes, PhD

Duration: 30 minutes

CEUs: 0.05 AAA

Instructional Level: Fundamental

Program Focus: Knowledge

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web Seminar will be able to:

  1. Use Ecological Momentary Assessment to directly assess their clients' performance in the real world during hearing aid use at home.
  2. Evaluate EMA feedback from the their clients to provide more relevant trouble shooting counseling and fine tuning of devices.
  3. Describe the value of momentary assessment to their clients and encourage participation when wearing their devices home for their trial period.


Ecological Momentary Assessment is real-time data collection in natural environments, with multiple repeated assessments over time. The purpose of EMA is to collect more ecologically valid data than is possible in a sound booth.  Wireless connectivity to hearing aids has enabled a wide range of field studies in ways never previously possible.  We will review the EMA literature, show the results of EMA data collected with hearing aid apps and discuss the clinical benefits of ecologiclally valid data retrieval.

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Donald Hayes, PhD

Dr. Donald Hayes joined Unitron Hearing on August 6, 2002 and serves as the Director of Audiology. He is responsible for leading the company’s audiology research efforts, as well as new product concept testing and validation. Dr. Hayes earned his Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Cincinnati in March 2002 with a focus on crossover frequencies and digital noise reduction algorithms. At Unitron Hearing he continues to work in these areas, while assessing the acoustic effects of multiple adaptive features within a single hearing aid. Prior to joining Unitron Hearing, Dr. Hayes held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati and was a Lecturer in the Department of Speech Pathology at the University of Toronto. He has also worked as an Audiologist Consultant for the Canadian Ministry of Health and Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto. Dr. Hayes has published articles in a number of journals including Scandinavian Audiology and the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. He has presented at various American and Canadian conferences on topics ranging from the applications for digital hearing aids to solutions for Unilateral hearing loss.

Disclosure: Unitron employee


Recorded 05/14/2021
Recorded 05/14/2021
8 Questions
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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
0.05 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
0.05 CEU credits  |  Certificate available CEU Certificate