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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.

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.

Top marks for research in Cognitive hearing science
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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.

Read the report (link to the Swedish research council)

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11 September
60% seminar, Elin Lundin, Örebro University.
Title: Older adults with dual sensory loss; prevalence, daily living and rehabilitation services.
Venue: P101, Prismahuset, Örebro University.
Register before 3 September and the manuscript will be sent to you one week before the seminar.


23 September
Final seminar, Erik Witte, Örebro University.

24 September
60% seminar, Elin Karlsson, Örebro University.

2 October
Disputation, Michaela Socher, Linköping University.
Title: Reasons for Language: Language and Analogical Reasoning Ability in Children with Cochlear Implants and Children with Typical Hearing.


Open seminars 2020 - Cognitive hearing science

Autumn seminars
: 26 August, 23 September, 21 October, 18 November and 16 December.

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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