Current Research on Hearing Loss and Sensory Aids

Audience: Audiologists, SLP 
Course level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Check in time: 7:30-8 am
Course time: 8-4:30 pm
Speakers: Peggy Nelson, PhD, CCC-A , Evelyn,Davies-Venn, MS, Au.D, PhD & Matt Winn,Au.D, PhD
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital 
6401 France avenue S, Edina, MN 55435
Held in International room lower level
Contact hours: 7.0
Course will be registered through ASHA, at this time pending.
Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

This course is offered for 0.70 ASHA CEUs (Professional area, intermediate level)

Course fee: $185

Course description: 

Audiology faculty members from Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences will bring some of their recent clinical research findings that are of interest to clinical audiologists and audiology practices.  The course will include both lecture and small-group discussion formats.   Topics will be drawn from recent clinical research going on at the University of Minnesota, including: 

  • Evaluating and recognizing the effects of listening effort on quality of life
  • Information about hearing loss, listening effort, and dementia
  • Updates on emerging hearing aid technologies
  • Discussion of hearing health care service and product delivery options
  • Noise exposure, aging and hidden hearing loss
  • Relationships between sensory loss (vision and hearing ) and social isolation.


Peggy Nelson is professor of audiology in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught and conducted research since 2000.  Her research focuses on hearing loss and the problems of understanding speech in noise by a variety of populations, including children in schools, second-language learners, hearing aid users, and cochlear implant listeners.   She is currently the founding director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS). There she engages with the community in discussion of sensory loss and sensory aids for maximizing quality of life.   

Financial Disclosure: Peggy will receive honoraria for speaking and teaching this topic.Non-Financial Disclosure: She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Evelyn Davies-Venn teach courses in hearing science, amplification and diagnostic audiology. Her current research is focused on improving speech understanding in noisy environments for listeners with hearing loss. She is the Director of the Sensory Aids and Perception Lab. Her research program is centered on understanding factors that drive individual variance in rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with hearing loss, especially in complex listening environments such as a busy restaurant or cocktail party. Her research aims to improve amplification outcomes for individuals with hearing loss.Financial Disclosure: Evelyn receives honorarium for speaking and teaching on this topic.  She also receives grant money for Research Principal Investigator on funded grants. Non-Financial Disclosure: Evelyn has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

 Matthew Winn is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Speech-language-Hearing Sciences. He directs the Listen lab, which is dedicated to studying speech communication and things that make it challenging for people with hearing loss. Some of the main goals of his lab are to raise awareness of how hearing loss impacts listening effort and quality of life, and to foster good communication skills in clinicians and scientists.Financial Disclosure: Matthew will receive honorarium for speaking and teaching this topic.Non-Financial Disclosure: He has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

Objectives from Matt Winn lecture
  1. Recognizing the impact of listening effort on quality of life
  2. Describe how to get your patients to be aware of their effort, for their own good
  3. Identify the information and misinformation about hearing loss, listening effort, and dementia. 

Objectives from Evelyn Davies-Venn lecture

  1. Explain current hearing aid technology, including future trends
  2. Discuss hearing health care delivery system options

Objectives from Peggy nelson Lecture

  1. Understand susceptibility to hearing loss and synaptopathy related to noise exposure
  2. Sensory loss and social isolation: goals for audiologists
7:30-8 am          Registration
8-9:15 am          Session 1: Peggy Nelson
                          Hearing loss, personal agency, and Social isolation
9:15-9:30 am     BREAK
9:30-10 am        Breakout Group 1: Goals for training
10-12 pm           Session 2: Matthew Winn
                          Understanding listening effort and its impacts
12-1 pm             LUNCH (On your own)
1-2:45 pm          Sessioin 3: Prof. Evelyn Davies-Venn
                          Fitting hearing aids in the 21st century
                          Using connectivity and technology
2:45-3 pm          BREAK
3-4:30 pm          Session 4: Peggy Nelson
                           Recent findings on risks for hearing loss due to noise
                           and other exposures.