Hearing Assessment

Psychophysical methods in the clinic

The clinical tests used to diagnose hearing disorders, track damage to the auditory system related to noise or ototoxic medications, and to fit hearing aids, all rely on procedures borrowed from auditory psychophysics. The techniques used in these procedures, such as the modified Hughson-Westlake technique used in pure-tone audiometry, are designed to be efficiently performed by a human tester.  Increasingly, new tools are available to self-diagnose, self-track, and self-fit hearing loss and hearing devices. In our lab, research in this area is focused on evaluating methods used in existing tests and designing optimal methods to perform robust, valid tests in varied environments.

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Hoover, E. C. (2022). Accurately targeting an arbitrary probability of response in staircase procedures. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 151(4), A223-A223. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0011127

Hoover, E.C. (2021). A three-step pattern in audiometric thresholds. JASA Express Letters, 1(3), 034402. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0003781

Hoover, E. C. & Palandrani, K. N. (2021). A combinatorial solution to the probability of stopping in threshold audiometry. 8th International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research (ISAAR), August. View Presentation

Hoover, E. C. & Palandrani, K. N. (2021). Simulated audiometry reveals multiple asymptotic thresholds for the same listener depending on the number of presentations at threshold. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150(4), A340-A341. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0008517

Hoover, E. C. (2021). A framework for the analysis and optimization of adaptive psychophysical procedures. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149, A104. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0004653