Listening in Noise

Phonak Audiology Seminar, August 20, 2018
Hearing in Noise: Insights from Noise Exposure, Hearing Loss, Aging, Concussion, Auditory Enrichment and Deprivation

Widex Audiological Summit, May 4, 2017
Our life in sound and hearing health

National Science Foundation
How Musical Training Affects Older Adults’ Speech Perception in a Noisy Environment



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