Introductary Keynotes:
 Larry E. Humes
 Stefanie E. Kuchinsky


  Theme 1

Hearing, cognition and wellbeing
Theme 2

Communicative effort, fatigue, and ecological assessment
Theme 3

Neural coding of auditory and multisensory signals
Theme 4

Technologies in hearing science and translation
Keynote Antje Heinrich Lauren Hadley Jonathan Peelle Preben Kidmose


Introductory Keynotes


Larry E. Humes

Title: Auditory Wellness: What is it? Why is it important? How can it be self-managed?

Larry E. Humes earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University, before completing his PhD at Northwestern University. He then spent 8 years on the faculty at Vanderbilt University before joining the faculty at Indiana University, where he remains today as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He has published over 175 articles in peer-reviewed journals and another 60 non-peer-reviewed articles, reviews, chapters, and books.  He has presented or been a co-presenter on over 380 presentations throughout the world.

Professor Humes has received the Honors of the Association and the Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology and presented the 2020 Carhart Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Auditory Society. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (ICRA).

Professor Humes’ areas of research include noise-induced hearing loss, psychoacoustic abilities of hearing-impaired listeners, innovations in hearing aid fitting, hearing difficulties of the elderly, measuring and modeling hearing-aid outcomes, the development and evaluation of hearing-aid self-fitting methods, and, most recently, the measurement of auditory wellness in older adults. This most recent work is the focus of his presentation.

Stefanie E Kuchinsky

Title: Assessing and altering listening effort with an eye towards clinical tools

Stefanie E. Kuchinsky, Ph.D. is a Research Investigator in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, USA. She holds faculty affiliations as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Uniformed Services University and as an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland. Her research examines how auditory, linguistic, and cognitive systems interact to support speech comprehension. She conducts behavioral, pupillometry, and neuroimaging studies that aim to assess and improve the functioning of these systems in a variety of listening conditions (e.g., speech in noise, vocoded speech) and for a variety of populations (e.g., older adults with and without hearing loss, service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries, adult second-language learners).

Antje Heinrich

Title: Listening strategies for speech-in-noise perception: The role of cognition depends on listener characteristics

I am  a Senior Lecturer in Audiology and Hearing Sciences at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness, University of Manchester, UK. My research focusses on how different groups of listeners process speech – from the initial auditory signal to the final understanding of and response to the message. My work contributes to a more theory-guided understanding of the importance of auditory and cognitive processes for speech perception. I also work to translate this improved theoretical understanding of listening into clinical practice by: developing targeted diagnostics of key parameters of listening; training key parameters of listening; and developing effective outcome measures of Audiological interventions.

Lauren V Hadley

Title: Hearing in a social context: The impact of hearing loss on prediction and turn-taking 

Lauren completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, addressing how people make predictions when playing music together in comparison to conversing together, and has since held postdocs focusing on communication strategies and cognitive control. In 2018 she moved to Hearing Sciences - Scottish Section, an outpost of the University of Nottingham, to study conversation behaviour. She currently holds a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, in which she is investigating how hearing loss affects neurocognitive mechanisms underlying interaction, in order to find new ways to support people with hearing impairment.

Jonathan Peelle

Title: Using optical brain imaging to understand how the brain understands spoken language

Jonathan Peelle is an Associate Professor in the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health at Northeastern University, with appointments in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology. He obtained his PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University, and went on for postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England.

Dr. Peelle's research investigates the neuroscience of human communication, aging, and hearing using a combination of behavioral and brain imaging methods. His work unravels how it is that humans can understand a complex acoustic signal like speech, and how our brains adjust when there are acoustic challenges like background noise or hearing loss. Because of the central role of spoken language in our everyday lives, understanding contributors to communication success—and how these might be modified—has implications for social, mental, and physical well-being.

Preben Kidmose

Title: Ear-Centered Sensing's Potential in Advancing Hearing

Preben Kidmose received his M.Sc. degree in Engineering in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in 2002 from Technical University of Denmark. He is currently Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aarhus University. Preben is a pioneer of the ear-EEG recording method, and he is head of the Center for Ear-EEG at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has (co-)authored >70 peer reviewed journal and conference papers.