National Centre for Audiology Excellence in hearing science and audiologic research at Western The NCA Largest audiology research centre in Canada, one of the largest internationally Over 29 Researchers and Support staff 5 faculties represented Large graduate training program Shared and dedicated laboratories support collaborative research in both basic and applied research Funding from provincial and federal governments, Private Sector Partners, and the Community NCA Laboratories Link clinical practice and research Hearing Research Clinic Fully functioning audiology clinic allows us to ask research questions in a clinical environment Assistive Devices Laboratory Introduces new assistive technologies to hearing impaired persons NCA Laboratories Enable research in simulated 3-d environments Anechoic Chamber One of largest chambers in Canada Software controlled 64 speaker array Enables research in binaural hearing & functioning of assistive devices in a 3-d world Reverberation Chamber Simulation of reverberant environments Similarly equipped to Anechoic chamber making protocols portable between environments NCA Laboratories Facilitate technology transfer and industrial partnerships Knowledge Translation Lab Video conferencing facilities Networking with audiologists around Canada and the world Translational Research Unit Enables industry supported contract research Fee for service research available to industry partners in assistive listening and other communication devices NCA Laboratories Promote advances in diagnosis of pediatric hearing loss Child Hearing Research Laboratory Perceptual development Advanced methods for testing complex sound processing Improved diagnosis of auditory processing disorders MEG Analysis Laboratory Cortical auditory function in children with Autism, Language Disorders NCA Laboratories Promote advances in rehabilitation of pediatric hearing loss Child Amplification Laboratory Early identification and amplification in children’s hearing loss Development of DSL i/o® for hearing aid fitting NCA Laboratories Support research with hearing impaired adults Hearing Science Laboratory Hearing in aging Noise exposure & hearing conservation Aural Rehabilitation Laboratory Enhancing communication in the elderly, Improving hearing accessibility Stigma of hearing loss NCA Laboratories Make possible the development and evaluation of hearing technologies Device Development Lab Design of hand held device for auditory testing Methods for assessing sound quality Reverberation and Acoustics in Performance Studio Acoustic quality in musical performance settings NCA Laboratories Bring new knowledge in auditory neuroscience Electrophysiology Laboratory Auditory Biophysics Laboratory Basis of hearing and hearing loss using OAE’s and evoked potentials Modeling middle ear mechanics Developing surgical simulation tools Cortical Plasticity Laboratory Animal models of cortical plasticity & cochlear implants research Affiliated clinical laboratories Facilitate translation of research to clinical practice University Hospital Cochlear Implant Program Victoria Hospital Audiology Dept.; Leeper Speech & Hearing Clinic & Local audiology partners Studying the relative benefits of bilateral cochlear implantation Refining protocols for APD evaluation in children Ontario Infant Hearing Program Improving early intervention and assessment of children with hearing impairments NCA Research in Pediatric Assessment Early detection of hearing loss Ontario Infant Hearing Program Perceptual development Normal hearing children Children with auditory processing and attentional disorders NCA Research in Pediatric Amplification Development of fitting algorithms for infants and children DSL i/o® Evaluation of existing signal processing strategies New developments in signal processing NCA Research in Hearing and Aging Auditory psychophysics Effect of hearing impairment on suprathreshold hearing abilities Adult aural rehabilitation Barriers and Facilitators to assistive device use Self advocacy Stigma associated with hearing loss Research in Noise and Hearing Conservation Noise exposure Effects of leisure noise in hearing in children and young adults Noise exposure in the NICU Hearing accessibility Communication and listening quality in the classroom Impact of noise on academic performance in children Communication in vehicles Research in Auditory Neuroscience Middle Ear Mechanics Measurement of Middle Ear Transduction using FIR methods Development of simulations for surgical interventions and surgical training Cortical plasticity Impact of cochlear implants and other assistive devices on the auditory cortex Research in Auditory Neuroscience cont’d… Auditory electrophysiology Objective measures of auditory system integrity and function using Auditory Evoked potentials, MEG analysis and Otoacoustic Emissions Acoustic reflexes Behavioral correlates Genetics of hearing impairment Research in Hearing in 3-D Environments Function of assistive devices in 3-D anechoic, competing noise, and reverberant environments Perception of signals in simulated real-world environments by children Binaural hearing in children with auditory processing disorders Binaural hearing with assistive listening devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants Research Acoustic Signal Processing Sound quality and its measurement Impact of hearing aid technologies on speech and audio quality. Perception of sound quality by hearing impaired listeners and its prediction. Evaluation of amplified telephones, assistive listening devices, and telecommunication technologies with hearing impaired listeners. Technology Transfer Pediatric amplification Pediatric diagnostics Hand held signal processing devices for auditory assessment Evaluation of existing hearing devices Knowledge Utilization Laboratory for Knowledge Exchange Scientific Advisory Boards Workshops – Ontario Infant Hearing Program, Beyond the Audiogram, Evidence based practice in Audiology Professional outreach: Canadian Academy of Audiology Industrial partnerships Scientist exchanges Opportunities for Student Research Training Masters of Clinical Science in Audiology Health and Rehabilitation Science, Hearing Science Field - Masters and doctoral training International student experiences Research Symposia Phonak Symposium Series in Pediatric Audiology Siemens Symposium in Audiology Bi-weekly in-house Research Seminars Financial Support: Granting Councils and Foundations Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canadian Institutes of Health Research Networks of Centres of Excellence Canada Foundation for Innovation Ontario Research Fund Hearing Foundation of Canada Hospital for Sick Children Foundation Masonic Foundation of Ontario Oticon Foundation Health Technology Exchange National Science Foundation National Institute of Health WSIB Masonic Foundation Industrial supporters Phonak Siemens Oticon Unitron Starkey Etymonic Design Beltone Bernafon GN Otometrics Interacoustics Dspfactory Unitron Bruel and Kjaer Research in Motion Vivosonic Med-El Medtronics The People Sumit Agrawal, MD Chris Allan, MSc Prudence Allen, PhD Marlene Bagatto, AuD Stephen Beaulac, BScEng Christine Brown, MClSc Janis Oram Cardy, PhD Margaret Cheesman, PhD Ioan Curca, Ph.D. Paula Folkeard, AuD David Grainger, BScEng Mary Beth Jennings, PhD Donald Jamieson, PhD Lucy Kieffer, BA Hanif Ladak, PhD David Lee, P.Eng. James McKay, MA Stephen Lomber, PhD Ewan Macpherson, PhD Shane Moodie, MSc Sheila Moodie, MClSc Lorne Parnes, MD Vijay Parsa, PhD David Purcell, PhD Frances Richert, MSc Susan Scollie, PhD Richard Seewald, PhD Susan Stanton, PhD Kim Zimmerman, MSc Thank you !