Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lecture Series
The Center for BrainHealth invites scientists to share their scientific study with students and other researchers at the Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lectures. The lectures are heavily science focused and are not intended for a lay audience. Lectures to be simulcast among UTD affiliated locations.
The lectures are free, but you must register to reserve your seat. Lunch is served at 11:45 AM.
Important: This lecture is scheduled on a Monday!
Age-Related Decline in Auditory and Speech Processing: Peripheral, Central, and Cognitive Influences
Dr. Gordon-Salant is Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Audiology at Northwestern University. She has served as Editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters, and member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committees on Disability Determination for Individuals with Hearing Impairments and Medical Evaluation of Veterans for Disability Determination. Her research interests include the effects of aging and hearing loss on auditory processes, as well as signal enhancement devices for hearing-impaired listeners.
As people age, there is a decrease in the ability to perceive certain attributes of an acoustic signal, as well as to understand speech accurately. Three factors are known to contribute to these problems: age-related hearing loss (ARHL) in the auditory periphery, deterioration of central auditory pathways, and reduced cognitive capacity. This presentation will provide an overview of the mechanisms by which these factors contribute to age-related decline in auditory and speech processing, including research findings that shed light on the relative importance of these factors. The benefit of hearing aids and auditory training toward improving these difficulties, as evidenced by behavior and neuroplasticity, will be discussed.