This course discusses ecologically momentary assessment methodologies to evaluate the real-life benefit of present and emerging technologies impacting hearing health and describe the advantages and limitations of the novel methodology. The second half will introduce design thinking and how this human-centered process has been applied to create a solution to help people with hearing difficulties understand conversations better, reduce frustration, and improve communication.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the main motivators behind ecological momentary assessment (EMA) solutions to determine real world evidence of existing and emerging technologies.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the key differences between laboratory and real-world assessment with EMA.
- After this course, participants will be able to name four main components of design thinking and why they are important when creating impactful solutions.
|5-10 Minutes||EMA technology|
|10-20 Minutes||EMA usage|
|20-25 Minutes||Conclusion of Part 1|
|25-30 Minutes||Introduction to Design thinking|
|30-40 Minutes||Creating a solution to help people with hearing loss|
|40-50 Minutes||Pilot testing in hearing clinics|
|50-60 Minutes||Summary, Q & A|
Dr. Jorge Mejia completed his PhD in 2010 while collaborating with the hearing industry in developing advanced noise reduction algorithms for hearing aids and Cochlear implant applications. Jorge is a computer and electrical engineer, with post degrees in control engineering and master’s in computer science from the Queensland University of Technology. In his current role, Dr. Mejia heads the signal processing departments at the National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney Australia, and his current focus is on measuring the real life benefits of new and existing hearing technologies as well as developing solutions for hearing health care applications.
Nicky Chong-White is a Senior Research Engineer at the National Acoustic Laboratories and has PhD in Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. She began her career developing novel speech signal processing algorithms to improve speech intelligibility at AT&T Labs, USA and also at a US-headquartered technology start-up company. Since joining NAL in 2004, Nicky has applied her background in speech and audio signal processing, acoustics, machine learning and software development to investigate hearing. She uses design thinking methodologies to discover unmet user needs, and rapidly prototype and test innovative solutions. Nicky is currently focused on developing digital solutions to improve accessibility to hearing care, provide additional tools to enable and promote hearing self-management, and increase the reliability and capability of connected hearing health.
Financial: Nicky Chong-White is employed by NAL. Non-financial: Nicky Chong-White has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
In lieu of honorarium, a donation has been made to the NAL student internship program.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the National Acoustics Laboratories in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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