Efficacy of evidence-based audiological rehabilitation: Leuven Interactive Scheme for hearing Training Evaluation and audiological rehabilitatioN (LISTEN)
The primary goal of LISTEN is to optimize the communication of adults and children affected by different degrees of Hearing Impairment (HI) by means of a sustainable and personalized scheme for audiological rehabilitation on a tablet computer. LISTEN comprises several tests, questionnaires and auditory training tasks, as well as additional features such as an acoustic environment classifier and tailored recommendations for the user. The doctoral research consists in the development of an open, cost-effective e-health platform for audiological rehabilitation, available to patients free of charge, easily extensible for researchers and clinicians and that administers automatically a personalized scheme for audiological rehabilitation. It is necessary to conduct in-depth research to determine the most optimal scheme for audiological rehabilitation (dependent on age, degree of HI). The research also consist of clearly defining the criteria for effectiveness (functional gain), dependent on the degree of HI. These criteria will then be evaluated during multiple clinical trials.