Forum on the Brain and Hearing Aids Purpose The purpose of this article is to introduce and provide an overview of the 3 articles presented in the invited forum “The Brain and Hearing Aids.” Method The main ideas of the articles presented by the 3 panelists are identified, and a commentary is provided to synthesize ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   June 01, 2015
Forum on the Brain and Hearing Aids
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller
    University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Linneaus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller: k.pichora.fuller@utoronto.ca
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Research Forum: The Brain and Hearing Aids
Research Forum   |   June 01, 2015
Forum on the Brain and Hearing Aids
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 112. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0067
History: Received November 5, 2014 , Accepted November 16, 2014
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 112. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0067
History: Received November 5, 2014; Accepted November 16, 2014

Purpose The purpose of this article is to introduce and provide an overview of the 3 articles presented in the invited forum “The Brain and Hearing Aids.”

Method The main ideas of the articles presented by the 3 panelists are identified, and a commentary is provided to synthesize the ideas.

Conclusions Benefits from hearing aids and auditory training entail higher-level cortical and cognitive processing involved in categorizing and remembering sound. New approaches to predicting, designing, and evaluating technological and behavioral interventions will need to consider the brain and not just the ears of listeners.

Acknowledgment
The forum “The Brain and Hearing Aids” (chaired by M. K. Pichora-Fuller; panelists: S. Small, K. Tremblay, and T. Lunner) took place at the HEaring Across the Lifespan (HEAL) conference “Early Intervention: The Key to Better Hearing Care,” which took place June 5, 2014, in Lake Como, Italy.
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