Linnaeus Centre Head

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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 brainsShow/Hide content

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.

Hearing is about communicationShow/Hide content

Read about our hearing research in the broschure below and how we will continue to try to make everyday life easier for people with hearing loss.

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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


We are studying the relationship between hearing, cognition and communication

Selection of publications in Cognitive hearing science

Andreea Micula, Hoi Ning. Elaine Ng, Fares El-Azm, Jerker Rönnberg (2020)

International Journal of Audiology Continue to DOI

Pia Bergman, Björn Lyxell, Henrik Harder, Elina Mäki-Torkko (2020)

International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology , Vol.24 , s.338-346 Continue to DOI

Michaela Socher, Rachel J. Ellis, Malin Wass, Björn Lyxell (2020)

Frontiers in Psychology , Vol.11 Continue to DOI

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Events within the Linnaeus centre HEAD

Public disputation in Disability Research

Erik Witte defends his thesis entitled, "The development of the Situated Phoneme (SiP) test: A swedish test of phomenic discrimination in noise for adult people with hearing loss". Opponent: Professor Thomas Brand, Oldenburg University.

Start 19 February 2021, 9.00 am
End 19 February 2021, 12.00 pm
Location Hörsal L2, Långhuset (Örebro University) and online via Zoom.
Contacts Maria Hugo-Lindén
+46 13 28 20 30

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Jerker Rönnberg Charlotte Perhammar

The Swedish Hearing Research Prize 2020

Jerker Rönnberg has been awarded the Swedish Hearing Research Prize 2020 for his 20 years of world-leading research within cognitive hearing science, based at Linköping University.

To LiU-News, "Research award to Jerker Rönnberg"

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)

CHSCOM 2022Show/Hide content

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CHSCOM, Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication PhonlamaiPhoto

Hearing research conference

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 2022.

> To the conference page

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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. Our doctoral students come from all over the world to do research in this new research area.

> To the list of doctoral theses



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