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AAA 2018: Amblyaudia and Speech-in-Noise Difficulties: Mother and Son or Kissing Cousins? (0.1 CEUs)

AAA 2018: Amblyaudia and Speech-in-Noise Difficulties: Mother and Son or Kissing Cousins? (0.1 CEUs)

Presented by Deborah Moncrieff, PhD

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Instructional Level: Intermediate

Children diagnosed with amblyaudia and/or dichotic dysaudia, deficits in binaural integration, may also demonstrate difficulties during tests of speech recognition in the presence of background noise.  Following diagnosis, children were enrolled in auditory rehabilitation for interaural asymmetry (ARIA), a specific dichotic listening training protocol targeted to remediate binaural integration deficits. After ARIA, they demonstrated the anticipated improvements in binaural integration as well as significant improvements on recognition of speech in background noise, a skill not directly trained during ARIA.    

Learning Objectives:

  • Diagnose amblyaudia and speech-in-noise difficulties.
  • Use auditory rehabilitation for interaural asymmetry (ARIA) for treatment of amblyaudia.
  • Measure untrained outcome measures following ARIA treatment.

Deborah Moncrieff

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Deborah Moncrieff, Ph.D., CCC-A joined the Communication Science and Disorders department at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Her research focuses on auditory disorders across the lifespan, with particular emphasis on the negative impact of auditory disorders on communication, language, learning, and reading. She coined the term “amblyaudia” to characterize a binaural integration type of auditory processing disorder that is diagnosed with results from dichotic listening tests. She developed Auditory Rehabilitation for Interaural Asymmetry (ARIA), a therapeutic approach for remediating individuals with amblyaudia. She has created new tests for clinical assessment of APD and has called for an alternative approach in diagnosis to differentiate specific types of processing difficulties. In her laboratory, she uses electrophysiologic and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques to explore neurophysiologic underpinnings of amblyaudia. She has recently developed a software program to aid diagnosis and treatment of amblyaudia with ARIA.

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