VILLANOVA, Pa. – Joseph Toscano, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, earned one of six $15,000 2019 Capita Foundation Auditory Research grant awards for his work examining the effects of hearing difficulty on speech perception.
Dr. Toscano notes that speech perception problems can affect many adults even if they have normal hearing thresholds.
"These cases of 'hidden hearing loss' can result in problems coding intensity differences at higher sound levels and, in turn, can disrupt perception of certain acoustic cues used to distinguish speech sounds," he says.
Dr. Toscano's project will investigate a new technique to improve speech recognition by filtering the sound signal to make these intensity differences more noticeable, compensating for deficits associated with hidden hearing loss.
Capita Foundation is a nonprofit organization that funds hearing research scientists with micro-grants for innovative work in the prevention and cure of hearing disorders. Learn more about the Captia Foundation Auditory Research Grants.