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Tracking Moment-to-Moment Changes in Listening Effort in People With Hearing Loss - BBS Colloquium

Friday, December 2, 2022 at 9:30am to 10:30am

CRA 12.110

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Colloquium Series

Speaker: Matthew Winn, AuD, PhD
University of Minnesota

Title: Tracking Moment-to-Moment Changes in Listening Effort in People With Hearing Loss

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Winn is an audiologist and hearing scientist with expertise in speech acoustics, cochlear implants, and listening effort. His translational research is of broad interest to faculty and students across the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Winn’s lab focuses on speech communication and the factors that make it effortful for people with hearing loss. Their research uses behavioral, physiological, and qualitative methods to build better experiments and outcome measures that connect more directly to the experiences of people with hearing difficulty. In addition to his research, Dr. Winn is dedicated to improving communication skills for junior scientists and to challenging the power structures that have caused inequities in the sciences. 

Talk Abstract:
People with hearing loss often need to mentally fill words that are misperceived, at the cost of increased effort that can go overlooked if we only track percent-correct accuracy scores. Effort that persists in the moments after a sentence is over could impair perception of the next sentence, derailing an entire conversation. This talk will explain the ways that we can measure and explain the timing and precision of listening effort using measurements of pupil dilation. There are three takeaway messages: 1) even when a verbal response is correct, effort is increased when the listener mentally repaired a missed word, 2) the effort resulting from that mental repair carries forward to impair perception of later words, and 3) that increased effort is not detectable in the voice of the listener as they give verbal responses. These studies show that listening effort changes on a moment-to-moment basis and is partly under control of the listener, opening up the door for improved theoretical models and new approaches to clinical management.

Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and grow professionally by hearing these experts in their fields.

This talk will be in-person at Callier Richardson Addition at UT Dallas in CRA 12.110.  The talk will also be on Zoom.

On Friday, December 2 at 9:30am, join the talk on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 825 7915 9129
Passcode: Colloquium

Continental breakfast will be served from 9-9:30am.

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Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students, Graduate Students, International Students





Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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