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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.

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

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

Mechanisms and treatment of age-related hearing loss
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Risk of developing dementia

The aim of the project is 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. 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.

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14 November
Final seminar, Mattias Ehn, Örebro University.
Title: Work and health in people with Usher Syndrome.
Time: 13:15 – 15:00
Venue: P200, Prismahuset, Örebro University.

Register before 7 November


Open seminars - Cognitive hearing science

20 November
Speaker 1: Martin Eklöf, Clintec, “Cochlear implants before 9 months of age led to more natural spoken language development without increased surgical risks - how we compared children assessed longitudinally at different ages”.
Speaker 2: Eva Palmquist, Stockholm University, ”Olfactory impairment predicting cognitive decline in aging”.
Time: 13:15-15:00
Venue: KY25


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


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CHSCOM - Cognitive hearing science for communication
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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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