Graduate Student, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (Affiliate)
Broadly, I am interested in how children with hearing loss listen and learn in a classroom setting complicated by noise and reverberation. I would like to focus on how we can better evaluate functional listening skills that translate to the learning demands and expectations found in a classroom environment. I would also like to investigate the auditory, visual, and audiovisual distractors that are present in a classroom and their impact on understanding and learning for children with hearing loss. My past research projects include effects of looking behavior on listening and understanding in a simulated classroom and evaluation of the reliability and validity of an online hearing screening test. My current and future projects include a survey of the listening demands found in mainstream classrooms for children with and without hearing loss, validation of a protocol for cochlea r implant and FM system transparency, and investigating patient hearing aid battery management. One of the highlights of my research career thus far was when I was selected for the T35 research traineeship funded by the NIDCD. This is a competitive grant and I completed a research project during the summer of 2013 at Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) in Omaha, NE.
B.A. 2012, Major: Communication Disorders, Minor: Psychology, University of Connecticut
Lewis, D.E. & Wannagot, S. (2014). Effects of Looking Behavior on Listening and Understanding in a Simulated Classroom. Journal of Educational Audiology, 20, 25-33
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