The Section of Audiology and the Oticon Foundation Hearing Education Centre seminar: The Sociology of Age-related Hearing Loss Event as iCalendar

09 April 2014

5 - 6pm

Venue: Room 731-201, Building 731, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Audiologists typically view a patient’s hearing loss from our professional viewpoint: a change in physiology that leads to disrupted encoding of auditory stimulation. However, this statement does not capture the effect of the impairment on the older patient. Hearing loss generally only becomes relevant to the patient when it disrupts communication. The aging process also leads to changes in social interactions in the older person. Combining this observation with reluctance to accept amplification, it becomes clear that a complex set of forces are at play for many older adults. In this talk, new work on age-related hearing loss, acceptance of health care and social interactions in the elderly will be examined to help audiologists to better meet the needs of these patients.

Prestned by: Dr Don Schum

Don received his Ph.D. in Audiology from Louisiana State University. He is currently Vice President for Audiology & Professional Relations for Oticon, Inc. and has responsibility for creating new Audiological training material, overseeng Audiological training of employees, developing dispenser support materials, and conducting clinical research. He was previously Director of Audiology for Oticon, Director of the Hearing Aid Lab at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, and an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been an active researcher in areas of Hearing Aids, Speech Understanding, and Aging.


For more information, or to RSVP for catering purposes please contact: Kirsty McEnteer: Email: audiology@auckland.ac.nz Phone +64 9 923-5536