National Centre for Audiology

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National Centre for Audiology

Excellence
in hearing science and
audiologic research at Western

The NCA


Largest audiology research centre in Canada, one of the
largest internationally


Over 29 Researchers and Support staff


5 faculties represented


Large graduate training program


Shared and dedicated laboratories support collaborative
research in both basic and applied research


Funding from provincial and federal governments, Private
Sector Partners, and the Community

NCA Laboratories

Link clinical practice and research


Hearing
Research
Clinic


Fully functioning audiology clinic allows us to ask
research questions in a clinical environment


Assistive Devices Laboratory


Introduces new
assistive technologies to hearing
impaired persons


NCA Laboratories

Enable research in simulated

3
-
d environments


Anechoic Chamber


One of largest chambers in Canada


Software controlled 64 speaker array


Enables research in binaural hearing & functioning of
assistive devices in a 3
-
d world


Reverberation
Chamber


Simulation of reverberant
environments


Similarly equipped to Anechoic chamber making
protocols portable between environments



NCA Laboratories

Facilitate technology transfer and industrial
partnerships


Knowledge Translation Lab


Video conferencing facilities


Networking with audiologists around Canada and
the world


Translational Research Unit


Enables industry supported contract research


Fee for service research available to industry
partners in assistive listening and other
communication devices


NCA Laboratories

Promote advances in diagnosis of pediatric
hearing loss


Child
Hearing Research
Laboratory


Perceptual development


Advanced methods for testing complex sound
processing


Improved diagnosis of auditory processing disorders


MEG Analysis Laboratory


Cortical auditory function in children with Autism,
Language Disorders




NCA Laboratories

Promote advances in rehabilitation

of pediatric hearing loss


Child
Amplification
Laboratory


Early identification and amplification in children’s
hearing loss


Development of DSL i/o
®

for hearing aid fitting




NCA Laboratories

Support research with hearing impaired
adults


Hearing
Science
Laboratory


Hearing
in
aging


N
oise exposure & hearing conservation


Aural
Rehabilitation
Laboratory


Enhancing
communication in the
elderly,


Improving
hearing
accessibility


Stigma of hearing loss

NCA Laboratories

Make possible the development and
evaluation of hearing technologies


Device Development Lab


Design of hand held device for auditory testing


Methods for assessing sound quality



Reverberation
and Acoustics in
Performance
Studio


Acoustic quality in musical performance settings


NCA Laboratories

Bring new knowledge in auditory
neuroscience


Electrophysiology
Laboratory


Basis
of hearing and hearing
loss using OAE’s and
evoked potentials


Auditory Biophysics
Laboratory


Modeling
m
iddle
ear mechanics


Developing surgical simulation tools


Cortical Plasticity
Laboratory


Animal models of cortical plasticity & cochlear
implants
research


Affiliated clinical laboratories

Facilitate translation of research to clinical
practice


University Hospital Cochlear Implant
Program


Studying the relative benefits of bilateral cochlear
implantation


Victoria Hospital
Audiology Dept.;
Leeper

Speech & Hearing Clinic & Local audiology
partners


Refining protocols for APD evaluation in children


Ontario Infant Hearing Program


Improving early intervention and assessment of
children with hearing impairments

NCA Research in

Pediatric Assessment


Early detection of
hearing loss


Ontario Infant Hearing
Program


Perceptual
development


Normal hearing
children


Children with auditory
processing and
attentional

disorders

NCA Research in

Pediatric Amplification


Development of fitting algorithms
for infants and children


DSL i/o
®


Evaluation of existing signal
processing strategies


New developments in signal
processing

NCA Research in

Hearing
and Aging


Auditory
psychophysics


Effect of hearing impairment on
suprathreshold

hearing abilities


Adult aural rehabilitation


Barriers and Facilitators to assistive
device use


Self
advocacy


Stigma associated with hearing loss


Research in

Noise and Hearing Conservation


Noise exposure


Effects of leisure noise in hearing in children and
young adults


Noise exposure in the NICU


Hearing accessibility


Communication and listening quality in the classroom


Impact of noise on academic performance in children


Communication in vehicles

Research in

Auditory Neuroscience


Middle Ear Mechanics


Measurement of Middle Ear
Transduction using FIR methods


Development of simulations for
surgical interventions and surgical
training


Cortical plasticity


Impact of cochlear implants and
other assistive devices on the
auditory cortex

Research in

Auditory Neuroscience cont’d…


Auditory electrophysiology


Objective measures of auditory
system integrity and function using


Auditory Evoked potentials,


MEG analysis and


Otoacoustic
Emissions


Acoustic reflexes


Behavioral correlates


Genetics of hearing
impairment

Research in

Hearing in 3
-
D Environments


Function of assistive devices in 3
-
D anechoic,
competing noise, and reverberant environments


Perception of signals in simulated real
-
world
environments by children


Binaural hearing in children with auditory
processing disorders


Binaural hearing with assistive listening devices
such as hearing aids and cochlear implants

Research

Acoustic Signal Processing


Sound quality and its measurement


Impact of hearing aid technologies on speech and
audio quality.


Perception of sound quality by hearing impaired
listeners and its prediction.


Evaluation of amplified telephones, assistive listening
devices, and telecommunication technologies with
hearing impaired listeners.


Technology Transfer


Pediatric amplification


Pediatric
diagnostics


Hand
held signal processing devices for
auditory assessment


Evaluation of existing hearing devices




Knowledge Utilization

Laboratory for Knowledge Exchange


Scientific Advisory Boards


Workshops


Ontario Infant Hearing Program,
Beyond the Audiogram, Evidence based practice
in Audiology


Professional outreach: Canadian Academy of
Audiology


Industrial partnerships


Scientist exchanges

Opportunities for

Student Research Training


Masters of Clinical Science in Audiology


Health and Rehabilitation Science,
Hearing
Science
Field
-

M
asters
and doctoral training


International student experiences


Research Symposia


Phonak Symposium Series in Pediatric
Audiology


Siemens Symposium in Audiology


Bi
-
weekly in
-
house Research Seminars


Financial Support:

Granting Councils and Foundations


Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council


Canadian Institutes of Health
Research


Networks of Centres of Excellence


Canada Foundation for Innovation


Ontario Research Fund


Hearing Foundation of Canada


Hospital for Sick Children Foundation


Masonic Foundation of Ontario


Oticon Foundation


Health Technology Exchange


National Science Foundation


National Institute of Health


WSIB


Masonic Foundation


Industrial supporters


Phonak


Siemens


Oticon


Unitron


Starkey


Etymonic

Design


Beltone


Bernafon


GN
Otometrics


Interacoustics


Dspfactory


Unitron


Bruel

and
Kjaer


Research in
Motion


Vivosonic


Med
-
El


Medtronics



The People


Sumit Agrawal, MD


Chris Allan,
MSc


Prudence Allen, PhD


Marlene Bagatto,
AuD


Stephen Beaulac,
BScEng


Christine Brown,
MClSc


Janis
Oram

Cardy, PhD


Margaret Cheesman, PhD


Ioan Curca, Ph.D.


Paula Folkeard,
AuD


David
Grainger,
BScEng


Mary Beth Jennings, PhD


Donald Jamieson, PhD


Lucy Kieffer, BA





Hanif Ladak, PhD


David Lee,
P.Eng
.


James McKay, MA


Stephen
Lomber, PhD


Ewan Macpherson, PhD


Shane Moodie,
MSc


Sheila Moodie,
MClSc


Lorne Parnes, MD


Vijay Parsa, PhD


David Purcell, PhD


Frances Richert,
MSc


Susan Scollie, PhD


Richard Seewald, PhD


Susan Stanton, PhD


Kim
Zimmerman,
MSc


Thank you !