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One of the most common complaints of individuals with sensorineural hearing loss is difficulty listening to conversation in noisy backgrounds. This difficulty is not only because of the attenuation caused by the hearing loss but also the distortion caused at suprathreshold levels due to the impact of hearing dysfunction on psychoacoustic abilities.
In this webinar, Dr Imran Dhamani will briefly discuss the psychoacoustics of sensorineural hearing loss and the advances in digital signal processing strategies in present day hearing instruments, which are intended to improve these psychoacoustic abilities in individuals with sensorineural hearing loss.
The main focus of the talk will be on past and present trends in such strategies and the rationale behind them. Dr Dhamani will show you what tweaks you can make to the hearing instrument programming to make your clients hear better in different scenarios.
Whilst we have come a long way in regards to technological advances to alleviate the listening difficulties faced by such individuals, there are still a few limitations that we are yet to overcome. He will also attempt to briefly discuss some of these limitations and the future scope for improvement and advancement in technology to overcome these limitations.
Imran is a senior audiologist with National Hearing Care in Australia. He has a BSc and MSc in speech and hearing sciences, and a Ph.D. in Audiology. He has served as a Clinical Coach for Australian Hearing and also was an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney.
Within his various roles, Imran has been involved in basic and applied clinical research along with scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. He has taught courses in speech perception, psychoacoustics, electro-physiology, and clinical audiology to graduate students in audiology. He has been a mentor and has trained graduate students in clinical practice. His research interests include psychoacoustics of hearing, applications of digital signal processing technology in hearing aids and cochlear implants as well as auditory processing disorders.