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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.

This area of research focuses on communication with an emphasis on hearing and deafness from a handicap scientific perspective.

Within the HEAD area, cognitive hearing science represents a new, interdisciplinary field that focuses on how hearing-impaired and deaf people deploy cognitive resources to communicate in realistic, everyday situations.

One central theme is modelling the dynamic interplay in the nervous system between human cognition and the auditory signal processing characteristics of hearing enhancement devices.

Linnaeus centre HEAD is a collaboration between the universities of Linköping and Örebro within the Swedish Institute for Disability Research.

The backbone of the centre is a multidisciplinary research team, comprising a core group of senior scientists, postdoctoral research fellows and close collaborators.

Our research is conducted in three different environments;

1. Division of speech language pathology, audiology and oto rhino laryngology at the University Hospital in Linköping. 

2. Disability Research Division at Linköping University.

3. Audiological Research Center at the University Hospital in Örebro.

Research environments
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Division of speech language pathology, audiology and otorhinolaryngology

Technical Audiology is a multidisciplinary research area where research in engineering, physics, medicine, psychology and behavioral sciences are integrated. We do research in areas such as hearing diagnostics, screening, physiology and hearing loss, as well as cognitive interaction with hearing loss and hearing aid technology.

Disability Research Division

Our focus is on cognition and communication, the processes that occurs in the brain when we receive, process and convey information.
A large part of our research is about hearing and deafness, but also cognitive conditions for communication in other groups, such as people with developmental disabilities and autism.

Audiological Research Center

Audiological Research is a meeting place for researchers and graduate students who is doing research in hearing and communication. Our aim is interdisciplinary clinical research in hearing, deafness and hearing disorders. The centre comprises state of the art auditory research laboratories.

CHSCOM - Cognitive hearing science for communication
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We hear with our ears, but listen and understand with our brains
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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).

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Large grant for research in age-related hearing impairment

The aim is to see whether it is possible to find new treatments for age-related hearing impairment and obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the condition. It’s not just the hearing impairment in itself that is a problem: it can have other consequences for people who are affected. Hearing impairment increases the risk of developing dementia, depression and social isolation.The research project builds on previous research within cognitive hearing science carried out at the Linnaeus Centre HEAD.

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29 May
60% seminar, Erik Witte, Örebro University.
Title: The development of the SiB-test - A Swedish test of phonetic perception in noise for adult people with hearing loss.
Time: 13:15-15:00
Venue: P252, Örebro University.

Register to the seminar before 21 May.

9 - 12 June

CHSCOM2019, 5th International conference on cognitive hearing science for communication in Linköping,


23 August
Final seminar, Helena Stålnacke, Örebro University.
Title: Fonologisk utveckling och fonologisk medvetenhet hos barn med otitbenägenhet.
Time: 09:15-11:15
Venue: L153, Örebro University.

Register to the seminar before 15 August.


20 September
Disputation, Elisabeth Ingo, Linköping University.


Open seminars - Cognitive hearing science

22 May 
Lecturer 1: Satu Turunen-Taheri, Karolinska institutet, “Severe-to-profound hearing impairment: Demographic data, gender
differences and benefits of audiological rehabilitation”.
Lecturer 2: Malin Wass, Luleå University, “Reading Processes in children with severe to profound hearing loss”.
Time: 13:15.
Venue: I205, Campus Valla, Linköping University.

It is possible to take part in these seminars online. Please contact Shahram Moradi for more information.

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Doctoral theses
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Linnaeus center HEAD forms part of the Swedish institute for disability research
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