Hearing Aids Laboratory

PHAST-R v2 Now Available!

We recently updated the PHAST-R to include tasks related to rechargeable hearing aids, manufacturer applications, and bluetooth connectivity (i.e. PHAST-R v2). The first version of this test was called the Practical Hearing Skills Test (PHAST), which was developed to objectively measure a hearing aid user’s ability to perform tasks representative of critical hearing aid use and care functions (Desjardins & Doherty, 2009). Later, the tasks and scoring were revised (i.e. PHAST-R) to be easily used as a clinical tool. This short test includes items that assess hearing aid skills typically taught to new hearing aid users during their hearing aid orientation (Doherty & Desjardins, 2012). The results from the PHAST-R can quickly identify specific hearing aid functions for which a hearing aid user needs further counseling and training. More information on the PHAST-R is available here.

The PHAST-R v2 (2022) is available HERE.

Improving Communication for Older People

Our research is focused on improving hearing communication for older people. We study the effects of cognitive aging and age related hearing loss on people’s ability to perceive speech. In our studies we focus on both the effects of bottom up (peripheral hearing) and top-down (central processes) processing on older people’s ability to perceive speech and successfully use hearing aids. The long-term goal of our work is to increase the benefit and satisfaction that older people receive from wearing hearing aids and using other assistive listening devices.