Beneficiary: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

The goal of this project is to research the variability in listening performance in children with hearing impairment using AVATAR (Audio-Visual True-to-life Assessment of Auditory Rehabilitation) and other behavioral measures. This true-to-life model for everyday real-life listening conditions (entailing auditory, visual and cognitive cues) allows to research the challenges persons with hearing impairment encounter. The paradigm, in conjunction with eye-tracking, will be used to gain insight into how children with and without hearing loss deal with simultaneous speakers and attention switching when listening to speech in noise. This research will provide an in-depth understanding of the auditory/visual/cognitive interactions in speech perception in young children and guide auditory rehabilitation to the individual needs of the child.

Supervisors: Astrid van Wieringen and Jan Wouters

ESR 7: Lyan Porto