Starkey Hearing Research Center Honored with Editors’ Award for Best Paper of the Year
|Brent Edwards, PhD|
The Starkey Hearing Research Center, a division of Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley, reports that the paper titled “Objective measures of listening effort: Effects of background noise and noise reduction” has received the Editors’ Award from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. The journal states that the article “meets the highest quality standards in research design, presentation, and impact.”
“We are truly honored to be chosen for this award,” said Brent Edwards, PhD, VP of research and director of the Starkey Hearing Research Center, Berkeley, Calif. “The impact of hearing loss on cognitive ability has been a strong research focus for our Research Center since we opened in 2004. This award is confirmation of the importance of this work to the hearing field.”
The paper, focusing on the impact of hearing aid technology on listening effort, included a collaborating team of researchers from the Starkey Hearing Research Center and the University of California at Berkeley including: Anastasios Sarampalis, PhD, and Professor Ervin Hafter, PhD, from the Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley; and Sridhar Kalluri, PhD, and Edwards, from the Starkey Hearing Research Center.
The research looked at the effect of noise reduction and directional microphones on speech understanding and listening effort. The study tested this hypothesis: the positive effects of noise reduction and directional microphones could help reduce the cognitive effort used to receive and understand speech, making additional cognitive resources available for other tasks. People with normal hearing participated in two dual-task experiments—one reporting sentences or words in noise at various signal-to-noise ratios, and the other either holding words in short-term memory or responding in a complex visual reaction-time task.
The paper will receive the award officially at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in November.
To read more on the study, see our news article from July 12, 2010. UC Berkeley is considered one of the world’s premier public universities and a wellspring of innovation, claiming 21 Nobel Laureates, eight of whom are current faculty members.