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Speech and Hearing Sciences Research Colloquium
March 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
TITLE:: Speech Understanding and Cognition in Adverse Listening Conditions
Abstract: Speech understanding in adverse listening conditions requires effortful listening that draws on cognitive capacity. In this talk, Hunter discusses relations among hearing, spoken language processing, and cognitive functioning. First, in a longitudinal study, speech perception and language skills following cochlear implantation in childhood were used to predict long-term outcomes in both language and cognitive domains. To examine how cognitive capacity is used during listening, Hunter will discuss electrophysiological findings in young adults with normal hearing, as well as preliminary behavioral data in elderly adults with hearing loss. She envisions this and future research contributing to improvements in understanding and treating the impacts of hearing loss on language and cognitive functioning.
Biography: Cynthia Hunter is a postdoctoral research fellow at Indiana University. Her current fellowship with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is funded by NIH and supports her interdisciplinary work in Cognitive Hearing Science. Her research interests are in hearing science, speech perception and spoken language processing, language development, hearing loss, and the role of neurocognitive processes in understanding speech. Dr. Hunter’s recent work has focused on relations between hearing and cognition both at late stages in the lifespan, when adult aging affects both hearing and cognitive abilities, as well as at early stages, as children with and without hearing impairment acquire language and cognitive skills.