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Facemask Research


The facemask research is ongoing with a focus now on the benefits of adding a remote microphone. Please click the link below to participate even if you completed the first study.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals are required to wear masks. Opaque masks prevent individuals with hearing loss from reading speech cues in listening environments.

Dr. Thibodeau and the hearing health lab have been investigating the impact of transparent window masks. We conducted a study and found a significant benefit of transparent masks when measuring speech recognition for listeners with normal hearing and hearing loss (Thibodeau et al. 2020).

This research was submitted and accepted for publication in Ear and Hearing: The official journal for the American Auditory Society. See the article:
Communicating During COVID-19 – The Effect of Transparent Masks for Speech Recognition in Noise Download file.

View Communication Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic View PDF.

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Demo of facemask effects when using remote microphone system. YouTube icon

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Hearing Optimally at Home

As students return to school this fall, some are attending from home via online connections and some are returning to the classroom for in-person instruction. Wireless technology can be of significant benefit in either situation. Click below for a video about using wireless technology at home or for a handout regarding cleaning instructions when using equipment at school.

Watch the Hearing Optimally at Home video

Steps for Passing Transmitters View PDF.