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Cognition and Hearing Aids (PD102387)

Presenter(s): Pamela E Souza, PhD, CCC-A
Course Description

According to recent research, an individual’s success with using a hearing aid is connected to their cognitive ability. This course reviews the evidence and explains how to apply it to clinical decision-making to improve outcomes for each individual patient.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Describe recent research on cognition and hearing aids
  • List appropriate hearing aid processing options for listeners with lower cognitive ability
  • Describe counseling strategies to use when discussing cognition with patients

This course is a recorded session from the online conference “Audiology 2017: Cutting-Edge Perspectives in Service Delivery for Older Adults.”

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Presenter Information

Pamela Souza, PhD, CCC-A, directs an active laboratory whose members study aspects of aging, cognition, and speech perception. Her research interests include use of signal-processing amplification that affects acoustic speech cues, how those changes interact with listener age and cognitive status, and how research findings in this area can direct clinical practice. Recent collaborative research includes how age and working memory influence response to hearing aid signal processing; consequences of loss of spectral (pitch) selectivity; and how traumatic brain injury affects speech and sound perception. Souza is an ASHA Fellow and serves on the Psychoacoustic and Perception Technical Committee of the ASA. Her work is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. She is also a practicing clinical audiologist who has worked with patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric populations, including nearly 15 years as a VA audiologist.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Knowles Hearing Center at Northwestern University
  • Grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: October 11–23, 2017
End date: November 29, 2026

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102387
Available Through: November 29, 2026