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Overview

The focus of our research is the perception of speech under consideration of auditory, technical, linguistic, and neuropsychological aspects. It aims at expanding knowledge regarding diagnosis and rehabilitation of communication disorders and to promote clinically appicable procedures.

 

Current research questions:

 

-Children with cochlear implants: How does verbal communication develop in children provided with CIs or hearing aids? What is the specific role of the point in time when intervention begins, or device experience?

 

-Communication in older adults: Which sensory, central, or cognitive functions are important for speech understanding, especially in complex listening situations? Is there an interplay between hearing rehabilitation and cognitive functions?

 

 -Training in the framework of auditory rehabilitation: Which opportunities might arise with auditory or cognitive training in children and adults? Which audiological, educational or neuropsychological factors are crucial?

 

-Hearing aid provision: Which are the key factors for effective use of hearing aids? How can models predict the willingness to use hearing aids, as well as benefit from and and satisfaction with them?

 

-Cochlear implants: Which mechanisms are important for speech perception with cochlear implants? How can signal processing help to transmit specific aspects of speech, such as prosody?

 

-Hearing and cognition: Which cognitive functions are important for speech perception and how can they be assessed within the framework of audiological diagnosis?

 

 -Listening effort: Which subjective and objective measurements might be appropriate for assessment of listening effort and cognitive load?

 

 -Audiovisual speech perception: How does auditory and visual speech information interact? Do audiovisual speech tests give information beyond common audiological diagnosis? Can audiovisual speech support rehabilitation of hearing disorders, for instance, in the framework of cochlear implant provision?


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