Linnaeus Centre HEAD

Illustration of hearing.
Cognitive hearing science

Our hearing plays an important role when communicating with others.
But how important is cognitive abilities when it comes to our hearing?
This question is the focus at Linnaeus Centre HEAD. Together we develop new knowledge that helps people with hearing loss in their everyday life.

Since it was founded in 2008, the Linnaeus Centre HEAD has built up a world-leading research environment in the new field of cognitive hearing science. The aim is to produce new knowledge that can make life easier for people with hearing impairment. The current challenge is to reveal the mechanisms behind age-related hearing loss and its link to dementia.

Communication is important for everyone. But as we get older, our hearing deteriorates making it hard to maintain speech communication. This may effect quality of life and increases the risk of social isolation, depression and dementia. 

However, new knowledge of the mechanisms behind age-related hearing loss and its link to dementia can help improve diagnostic methods, as well as allow development of more efficient hearing aids and new methods of drug treatment. 



We hear with our ears, but listen and understand with our brains

The brain´s roll

This video is about our research on hearing loss and deafness and the brain´s role in our hearing and how everyday life can be made easier for people with hearing loss. In sign language, ASL.


Cognitive hearing science

Linnaeus centre HEAD has established cognitive hearing science as a distinct field of research. It fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in cognitive neuroscience, psychoacoustics, engineering, clinical audiology and linguistics.

Mechanisms and treatment of age-related hearing loss

Risk of developing dementia

The research project, "Mechanisms and treatment of age-related hearing loss", aims to see whether we can find new treatments for age-related hearing impairment, and obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the condition.

>  To the project page


Articles about our hearing research

Selection of publications in Cognitive hearing science

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Events within the Linnaeus centre HEAD


International Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication.

Start 09 June 2024, 4.00 pm
End 12 June 2024, 1.00 pm
Location Linköping Konsert & Kongress
Contacts Maria Hugo-Lindén


Online video conference
Open seminar series

Open seminar series

Seminar series arranged by Linnaeus centre HEAD in collaboration with the Disability research division at Linköping University.

Speaker and title to be announced in advance at the seminar series page (link below).

To the seminar series page

Hearing test Anna Nilsen

World leading research

Linnaeus Centre HEAD is ranked top 3 for research performance and societal relevance in the final evaluation of the Linnaeus Grant and is now receiving top marks when the Swedish Research Council summarizes the grant and what it has meant for Swedish research.

To the report (link to the Swedish research council)


Conference CHSCOM
CHSCOM, Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication

Worldwide hearing research 

Scientists from all over the world meet every two years in Linköping to discuss the latest research in the field of Cognitive hearing science.

CHSCOM stands for Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication. The next conference will be arranged in June 2024.

Contact: Maria Hugo-Lindén


Doctoral theses

Doctoral theses in Cognitive hearing science Mercedes Rancaño Otero

From hearing aids to tinnitus and deafblindness

Theses within Cognitive Hearing Science are about everything from hearing aids and hearing tests to tinnitus and deafblindness. 

> To the list of doctoral theses




Linnaeus centre HEAD forms part of the Swedish institute for disability research