8. Effortful listening, cognitive energy, and learning in children fitted with cochlear implant

Beneficiary: Oticon Medical, Denmark

This project focuses on school-aged children with cochlear implant and how hearing, language skills and cognition impact their learning abilities. This task will increase our knowledge on how children with cochlear implant allocate their cognitive resources and which auditory processes have a stronger impact on learning. Children with cochlear implant will be tested in a rapid word learning paradigm, involving the semantic matching of nonsense words coupled with novel pictures. Moreover, new-words detection and discrimination will be controlled for the auditory path of word learning. Pupillometry will be used during these tasks as an objective measure of awareness and cognitive load, and additional subjective measures of listening effort and fatigue will be assessed. General word learning will be assessed with vocabulary growth for one year period. The task will generate evidence to inform clinical practice for optimising learning and language skills in children with cochlear implant. This task will identify predictors of language development in children with cochlear implant. These predictors will guide optimisation of cochlear implant device processing and fitting.

ESR: Julia Chiossi

Supervisors: François Patou and Elaine Ng