Erin Picou - Listening Effort and Unilateral Hearing Loss

Blayne StempleErin Picou, AuD, PhD, CCC-A is an assistant professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences in Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She directs the Hearing and Affect Perception Interest (HAPI) laboratory, which is funded through a variety of industry and federal funding sources. Her research interests are related to hearing aid technologies for adults and children, with focuses on speech recognition, listening effort, and emotional responses to sound. Erin is serving as section editor for the American Journal of Audiology and for Ear and Hearing. In addition to research, Erin is involved with teaching and mentoring AuD and PhD students.


Thursday, October 14 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Listening Effort and Unilateral Hearing Loss: A Play in Two Acts

This presentation will be divided into two approximately equal halves. The first half will focus on listening efforts in adults and school-aged children. Listening effort is the attention necessary for speech recognition. Factors like background noise and hearing loss can increase listening effort and sustained increases in effort over time can have serious consequences for adults and children. During this presentation, background about listening effort models and measurement methodologies will be provided. These models, such as the Framework for Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL), provide context for understanding how clinical interventions might reduce listening effort. Strategies audiologists, speech-language pathologists, patients, and families can implement to reduce listening effort will be discussed. The presentation will focus on non-surgical interventions, such as hearing aids and environmental modifications. The second half of the presentation will also focus on non-surgical interventions, but for patients with unilateral hearing loss. The presentation will highlight some of the consequences of unilateral hearing loss for adults and school-aged children, which include increased risk of academic difficulty for students and listening-related fatigue for adults. The evidence supporting contralateral routing of signals (CROS) systems will be reviewed, including recent work that suggests CROS systems might be more helpful in real classrooms than would be suggested by current practice guidelines.


Financial Relationships:

  • Yes, Phonak speaking fee and grants

Non-financial Relationships:

  • Yes, ASHA member; AAA member; AAS member


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