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B&C Tuesday Seminar “Exploring the cerebral mechanisms of acoustically-challenging speech comprehension-successes, failures and hope”

21 May @ 12 h 15 min - 13 h 15 min

Abstract Comprehending speech under acoustically challenging conditions is an everyday task that we can often execute with ease. However, accomplishing this requires the engagement of cognitive resources, such as auditory attention and working memory. The mechanisms that contribute to the robustness of speech comprehension are of substantial interest in the context of hearing mild to moderate hearing impairment, in which affected individuals typically report specific difficulties in understanding speech in background noise. Although hearing aids can help to mitigate this, they do not represent a universal solution, thus, finding alternative interventions is necessary. Given that age-related hearing loss (“presbycusis”) is inevitable, developing new approaches is all the more important in the context of aging populations. Moreover, untreated hearing loss in middle age has been identified as the most significant potentially modifiable predictor of dementia in later life. I will present research that has used a multi-methodological approach (fMRI, EEG, MEG and non-invasive brain stimulation) to try to elucidate the mechanisms that comprise the cognitive “last mile” in speech acoustically-challenging speech comprehension and to find ways to enhance them.


21 May
12 h 15 min - 13 h 15 min
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