Communication disorders are common among people with dementia and those who have experienced a stroke, brain injury or other neurological condition. The main focus of this lab is on the development of new technology to assess and augment communication in a natural environment, and to develop theories to aid in the design of speech and hearing technology. The focal point is a sound-insulated room equipped with a state-of-the-art array of speakers and audio equipment specifically designed for the study of communication in complex acoustic environments. The lab also houses clinical audiometers, and middle ear, brainstem, and otoacoustic emission analyzers. Additionally, researchers in this lab are testing the effectiveness of interventions designed to help people with communication disabilities to understand or produce words in challenging environments. These include high-tech hearing aids and state-of-the-art augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) units.
The Communication Function Lab is located in the University of Toronto’s Rehabilitation Sciences building at 500 University Avenue, Toronto.
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