Pediatric Audiology Lab Uiowa

Pediatric Audiology Lab Uiowa

Stay up to date with the latest research projects, meetings, and all of Beth's paper proposal ideas!

Operating as usual

Photos from Pediatric Audiology Lab Uiowa's post 01/04/2022

Excuse our mess! The Pediatric Audiology Lab is expanding. While our students are away over break we are renovating 2 rooms to add more office and work spaces to our lab. We can't wait to see how the new space turns out!!

11/20/2021

It’s great seeing the current UI undergrads, grad students, and former students at ASHA 2021!

It’s great seeing the current UI undergrads, grad students, and former students at ASHA 2021!

Photos from Pediatric Audiology Lab Uiowa's post 11/20/2021

We are at the ASHA 2021 convention in Washington DC! Two of our recent PhD grads, Drs. Kelsey Klein and Caitlin Sapp, presented this morning on their research studies.

11/18/2021

New Study Alert! We have a new research project in collaboration with Boys Town National Research Hospital's Working Memory and Language Lab investigating learning and memory skills in children with cochlear implants. See below!

New Study Alert! We have a new research project in collaboration with Boys Town National Research Hospital's Working Memory and Language Lab investigating learning and memory skills in children with cochlear implants. See below!

11/10/2021

Congratulations, Dr. Larissa Jordan! Today she successfully defended her dissertation on semantic retrieval in patients with mild cognitive impairments 😊

Congratulations, Dr. Larissa Jordan! Today she successfully defended her dissertation on semantic retrieval in patients with mild cognitive impairments 😊

AMC Theatres on Twitter 11/05/2021

AMC Theatres on Twitter

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Playing a key role in crucial research 10/29/2021

Playing a key role in crucial research

Here is the article about Evita Woolsey who has been an RA in our lab for the past three years - it's a great story about how undergrads can get involved in research as part of their college experience!

Playing a key role in crucial research Evita Woolsey came from California to the University of Iowa to pursue her interest in speech and hearing science. Through her involvement in an NIH-funded research project, the undergraduate is assessing children across the state and making connections with researchers on campus and beyond.

Improving outcomes for children with hearing loss 10/29/2021

Improving outcomes for children with hearing loss

We recently had an article written up through the University of Iowa about our longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss study (as well as companion article about one of our undergrad RAs). The article includes some great interviews with some of the parents and kids who have participated in our research over the years. We are so proud of the work we've been doing over the past decade!

Improving outcomes for children with hearing loss University of Iowa researchers have been following 300 children with hearing loss for nearly 14 years, and their findings are changing lives, the field of audiology, and public policy.

10/28/2021

We have a research study in collaboration with the UIHC Cochlear implant team - if you know any children between 12-18 with cochlear implants, please check out the ad below.

Is your child with a cochlear implant interested in helping our team with research? If so, check out the invite below.

'Eternals' has the MCU's first Deaf superhero. Her Deafness is one of her superpowers 10/26/2021

'Eternals' has the MCU's first Deaf superhero. Her Deafness is one of her superpowers

'Eternals' has the MCU's first Deaf superhero. Her Deafness is one of her superpowers 'Eternals' boasts the most diverse cast in Marvel history — including Lauren Ridloff, a Deaf actor who plays the franchise's first Deaf superhero.

10/24/2021

Attention parents of teens with hearing loss! We have a new research project that is getting underway. We want to know more about what information teenagers want to ask their audiologists during clinic appointments. We have a short survey for teens to fill out. More information about the study is described below, along with a link to complete the survey!
https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPCBVkeK8Y4qCPA

Attention parents of teens with hearing loss! We have a new research project that is getting underway. We want to know more about what information teenagers want to ask their audiologists during clinic appointments. We have a short survey for teens to fill out. More information about the study is described below, along with a link to complete the survey!
https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPCBVkeK8Y4qCPA

10/19/2021

Another week and another student spotlight!

Kaylee Deisbeck is one of our newest lab members! Kaylee is a sophomore from North Liberty, IA. She is helping with data entry for the LOLAH grant. Kaylee has most enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside upper classmen, graduate students, and professors while in the lab. She is also an SAA and NSSHLA member and volunteers for Dance Marathon. Kaylee is considering pursuing her Doctorate of Audiology, but also still considering a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In her free time you can find Kaylee enjoying time on her family’s boat, cheering on the Hawkeye or cuddling with her dogs Walter and Beatrice!

Another week and another student spotlight!

Kaylee Deisbeck is one of our newest lab members! Kaylee is a sophomore from North Liberty, IA. She is helping with data entry for the LOLAH grant. Kaylee has most enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside upper classmen, graduate students, and professors while in the lab. She is also an SAA and NSSHLA member and volunteers for Dance Marathon. Kaylee is considering pursuing her Doctorate of Audiology, but also still considering a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In her free time you can find Kaylee enjoying time on her family’s boat, cheering on the Hawkeye or cuddling with her dogs Walter and Beatrice!

Timeline Photos 10/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Do you have a child that is a middle or high school student with hearing loss?
The ​Listening and Language in Children Lab at the University of Tennessee ​Health Science Center is conducting a research study on listening fatigue in middle and high school-aged students with hearing loss.

This study requires the participation of the child to complete the survey with the consent of the parent or legal guardian. The survey will ask questions about listening environments during the school day, ​listening fatigue, ​and school accommodations. Completion of the survey will take about 30 minutes and participants will have the option to be entered to win 1 of 10 $25 Amazon gift cards at the end of ​the survey. ​Participation is completely voluntary, and participants may quit the survey at any time.

Your participation is greatly appreciated. ​Questions can be directed to Dr. Kelsey Klein at [email protected].

https://utk.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xSpbdeWLOZe8NE

COVID-19 Pandemic Presented Unique Challenges to Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Their Families 09/29/2021

COVID-19 Pandemic Presented Unique Challenges to Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Their Families

Great research by Christina Tina Clark Studts and colleagues

COVID-19 Pandemic Presented Unique Challenges to Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Their Families Christina Studts, PhD, found that the COVID-19 pandemic magnified many issues for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

09/28/2021

Another new student introduction!



Meet Olivia Goodyear! Olivia is a junior from Monticello, Iowa. This semester she is assisting with one of our honors projects as well as general lab help. Olivia’s favorite part of being in the lab is having the opportunity to work with everyone in the Pediatric Audiology Lab. Outside of the lab Olivia performs in the UI Marching and Iowa Pep Bands, is a SAA, NSSLHA, and Students to Assist in Recruitment member and is in the Sigma Alpha Iota Women's Music Fraternity. Her future plans include finishing her bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science with minors in Music and American Sign Language and then will pursue her Doctorate of Audiology. In her free time, Olivia likes to try new coffee shops, play euchre, and discuss Iowa football. Welcome to the lab Olivia!

Another new student introduction!



Meet Olivia Goodyear! Olivia is a junior from Monticello, Iowa. This semester she is assisting with one of our honors projects as well as general lab help. Olivia’s favorite part of being in the lab is having the opportunity to work with everyone in the Pediatric Audiology Lab. Outside of the lab Olivia performs in the UI Marching and Iowa Pep Bands, is a SAA, NSSLHA, and Students to Assist in Recruitment member and is in the Sigma Alpha Iota Women's Music Fraternity. Her future plans include finishing her bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science with minors in Music and American Sign Language and then will pursue her Doctorate of Audiology. In her free time, Olivia likes to try new coffee shops, play euchre, and discuss Iowa football. Welcome to the lab Olivia!

09/22/2021

New school year, new lab members!

New school year, new lab members!

09/16/2021

We have some new additions to the Pediatric Audiology Lab this year!

Introducing…Colette Reiche! Colette is an undergraduate junior from Crystal Lake, Illinois. This fall, she joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant. She has the amazing opportunity to assist an audiology student from the Pediatric Audiology Lab with their capstone project. So far, she’s learned how to administer hearing screenings and different standardized assessments. She plans on attending graduate school for speech-language pathology but is keeping an open mind for audiology. Outside of academics, Colette is the co-fundraising chair for NSSLHA and participants in other student organizations such as, Best Buddies and Device Advice. In her free time, she loves to spend time outside playing tennis with her friends and family.

We have some new additions to the Pediatric Audiology Lab this year!

Introducing…Colette Reiche! Colette is an undergraduate junior from Crystal Lake, Illinois. This fall, she joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant. She has the amazing opportunity to assist an audiology student from the Pediatric Audiology Lab with their capstone project. So far, she’s learned how to administer hearing screenings and different standardized assessments. She plans on attending graduate school for speech-language pathology but is keeping an open mind for audiology. Outside of academics, Colette is the co-fundraising chair for NSSLHA and participants in other student organizations such as, Best Buddies and Device Advice. In her free time, she loves to spend time outside playing tennis with her friends and family.

09/09/2021

Does your child wear hearing aids? We are studying how children with hearing aids listen and understand in noisy places. Earn $15/hour and help other children by participating in our studies! Contact Meggie Dallapiazza at [email protected] or by calling 319-849-8835.

09/09/2021

Does your child wear hearing aids? We are studying how children with hearing aids listen and understand in noisy places. Earn $15/hour and help other children by participating in our studies! Contact Meggie Dallapiazza at [email protected] or by calling 319-849-8835.

Does your child wear hearing aids? We are studying how children with hearing aids listen and understand in noisy places. Earn $15/hour and help other children by participating in our studies! Contact Meggie Dallapiazza at [email protected] or by calling 319-849-8835.

08/06/2021

On our recent research trip to North Carolina, we got to connect with some Iowa/Pediatric Audiology Lab alums!

On our recent research trip to North Carolina, we got to connect with some Iowa/Pediatric Audiology Lab alums!

08/06/2021

The start of the fall semester is just a few weeks away! We're looking forward to having our undergrads and grad students back on campus. As part of the back-to-school process, we're going to introduce some of our new lab members, starting with Morgan Filippini!

Morgan is a rising undergraduate senior from Spring Valley, Illinois. She has served as a research assistant in the Pediatric Audiology Lab for the summer of 2021. Throughout the summer she has scored and prepared test materials, performed speech and language testing with participants, and traveled around Iowa, Minnesota, as well as North Carolina. She plans on attending graduate school next year to receive her master's degree in speech-language pathology. In her free time, Morgan enjoys spending time with family and playing board games. Recently, she has started watching all the Marvel movies and tv shows with her sister.

The start of the fall semester is just a few weeks away! We're looking forward to having our undergrads and grad students back on campus. As part of the back-to-school process, we're going to introduce some of our new lab members, starting with Morgan Filippini!

Morgan is a rising undergraduate senior from Spring Valley, Illinois. She has served as a research assistant in the Pediatric Audiology Lab for the summer of 2021. Throughout the summer she has scored and prepared test materials, performed speech and language testing with participants, and traveled around Iowa, Minnesota, as well as North Carolina. She plans on attending graduate school next year to receive her master's degree in speech-language pathology. In her free time, Morgan enjoys spending time with family and playing board games. Recently, she has started watching all the Marvel movies and tv shows with her sister.

Band importance for speech-in-speech recognition 08/04/2021

Band importance for speech-in-speech recognition

Band importance for speech-in-speech recognition Predicting masked speech perception typically relies on estimates of the spectral distribution of cues supporting recognition. Current methods for estimating band importance for speech-in-noise use...

07/30/2021

The summer research road trip is underway! Our RAs are having so much fun testing in North Carolina 🤗

The summer research road trip is underway! Our RAs are having so much fun testing in North Carolina 🤗

Variation in Auditory Experience Affects Language and... : Ear and Hearing 07/28/2021

Variation in Auditory Experience Affects Language and... : Ear and Hearing

Variation in Auditory Experience Affects Language and... : Ear and Hearing ction, primarily with children who are deaf and children with cochlear implants. The theoretical model of cumulative auditory experience quantifies auditory dosage as how much speech is audible and how often children wear their hearing aids. CHH with higher auditory dosage have better language outco...

Amount of Hearing Aid Use Impacts Neural Oscillatory... : Ear and Hearing 07/23/2021

Amount of Hearing Aid Use Impacts Neural Oscillatory... : Ear and Hearing

Amount of Hearing Aid Use Impacts Neural Oscillatory... : Ear and Hearing aid intervention on the neural dynamics serving working memory remains unknown. The objective of this study was to examine the association between the amount of hearing aid use and neural oscillatory activity during verbal working memory processing in children with mild-to-severe hearing loss. Desig...

07/23/2021
07/16/2021
Expanding the Role of Educational Audiologists After a Failed Newborn Hearing Screening: A Quality Improvement Study 07/16/2021

Expanding the Role of Educational Audiologists After a Failed Newborn Hearing Screening: A Quality Improvement Study

We are so excited to see our latest paper in press in the American Journal of Audiology! Caitlin Sapp, Jon Stirn, and Tammy O'Hollearn from the Iowa Department of Public Health contributed to this manuscript on a joint quality improvement project between the Iowa Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program and educational audiologists in the state of Iowa. We found that involving educational audiologists in the diagnostic ABR process improved the quality of EHDI services for Iowa families, including an increase in the timeliness of audiology service delivery, a decrease in the distances that rural Iowan families had to travel for a diagnostic hearing evaluation, and an increase in the likelihood of infants receiving on-guideline audiology care.

Expanding the Role of Educational Audiologists After a Failed Newborn Hearing Screening: A Quality Improvement Study Purpose Lack of timely and proximal access to diagnostic hearing evaluation using auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing hampers the effectiveness of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs in the United States. This study measured the impact of a state-based quality-improvement....

Beth Walker awarded NIH grant | Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa 07/13/2021

Beth Walker awarded NIH grant | Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa

Woohoo! We received the official notice of award last week that our new R01 grant from the NIH/NIDCD has been funded! We're calling this project LOLAH (Longitudinal Outcomes of Literacy in Adolescents who are Hard of Hearing). We have five years of funding to follow the original cohort of children from the OCHL study out to 12th grade. Data collection is already underway and we are so excited to continue our work with our fabulous colleagues at Boys Town National Research Hospital and in the UI College of Public Health! 😊

Beth Walker awarded NIH grant | Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is an operational name for the State University of Iowa Foundation, an independent, Iowa nonprofit corporation organized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, publicly supported charitable entity working to advance the University of Iowa. Please review its....

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