Improving Everyday Life with Hearing Rehabilitation

Dr. Pichora FullerAs part of the ReSound Online Symposium, Kathy Pichora-Fuller, Ph.D., full professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, will discuss how hearing loss may affect cognitive performance and how rehabilitation might promote cognitive health for the aging adult.  She will also address overcoming psychological factors such as stereotypes and self-efficacy to improve patient outcomes.

Join Dr. Pichora-Fuller on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 12 pm EST. Register on AudiologyOnline.

All of the ReSound Symposium sessions are eligible for continuing education credit.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss ways hearing affects cognitive functioning in everyday life
  • Participants will be able to discuss ways to incorporate approaches to overcome ageist stereotypes and bolster self-efficacy in rehab for older adults
  • Participants will be able to discuss ways to improve rehab outcomes by using approaches that best suit the individual’s needs at different stages of adjustment to hearing loss


  • Introduction
  • Connecting ears to brains: balancing bottom-up and top-down cognitive processing and working memory in aging and in listening in adverse conditions
  • Cognition and speed of processing: slowing with age and consequences to listening in everyday life
  • Attention and spatial listening: preservation and decline in performance with age
  • Could improving hearing health promote cognitive health?
  • Cognition Summary: what could audiologists change in their practice today and in the future
  • Psychosocial issues and stereotype threats may reduce performance
  • Stigma to age and stigma to hearing loss: same or different?
  • Supportive social networks and success in rehab
  • Self-efficacy and success in rehab
  • Stages of Change Health Model and re-thinking AR
  • Psychosocial issues summary: what could audiologists change in their practice today and in the future; Q and A

Don’t forget to log onto Twitter on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 3pm CST to participate in a live Q&A with ReSound’s Dr. Laurel Christensen.  Tweet your questions using #ReSoundSymposium and watch the hash tag for the answers.

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