SAC Audiology Event Webcast: Psychosocial Realities of Hearing Loss: Considering the Role of Emotion (2021)

Gurjit Singh, PhD
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This webcast is eligible for 1 SAC CEE (Category A).

Presented by Gurjit Singh, PhD

Human beings are profoundly social animals and social behavior unique to humans typically pivots on the ability to use language to communicate. One important type of information carried in a speech signal is the talker’s emotional state. To date, little is known both about the consequences of hearing loss on emotion perception and the experience of listening to speech that contains vocal emotion when using hearing aids. This presentation will provide a broad overview of research findings and methodologies used in emotion research and that are relevant for audiology. It will also describe research from the literature (and our own lab) that investigates the perceptual (e.g., word-recognition and emotion-identification performance) and socioemotional consequences of listening to speech that contains vocal emotion information, as well as how these affect the everyday socio experiences of those with hearing loss.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

• Compare and contrast different research methodologies used to understand human emotions.
• Discuss some perceptual and socioemotional consequences of hearing loss when listening to sounds that contain emotion information.
• Discuss how hearing rehabilitation may influence socioemotional experience and functioning.


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