The brains of persons with impaired hearing must work hard at a conference, for example, since their ability to understand speech against high background noise is poor. Both auditive and cognitive functions (such as working memory and language skills) are important to understanding speech. One of the topics that the conference will discuss is how these functions interact in different listening situations.
“Researchers from the Netherlands have discovered that mental exertion dilates the pupil of the eye. This dilation may be a measure of how hard a person must exert himself or herself, and the functions that contribute to understanding speech,” says Jerker Rönnberg, scientific leader of the conference and professor of psychology at Linköping University with a focus on disability research.
The conference will focus on three main areas of the latest research: communication in challenging conditions”, brain plasticity, and translational cognitive hearing science. Principal speakers are Professor Kathryn Arehart from Colorado University, who will talk about hearing aids, signal amplification and cognition; and Professor Bruce Schneider from Toronto University, who will describe how aging affects our ability to understand speech in noisy surroundings.
A further contribution at the conference will be given by Mary Rudner from Linköping University, who will present results from a study into how hearing impairment influences the brain’s grey matter.
4th International Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication will be held at Konsert & Kongress Linköping, 18-21 June 2017.
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