By Dana Al Wattar, Hearing Aid Specialist and student of the Master in Clinical Audiology and Hearing Therapy


Dana Al Wattar, student of the Master in Clinical Audiology and Hearing Therapy developes in her thesis a program that enhances auditory and audio-visual speech perception among older adults in Lebanon and the Arab world. It is a unique program as it is one of the first computer-based auditory program being used in the region. Combining that with clinic-based auditory program results in a homogenous and complete training protocol that aims to improve greatly the auditory skills of older adults. The use of hearing aids is one main factor for the success of the training program.

Several methods were proposed in this thesis to develop the optimal auditory training program. The affectivity of each method was studied in this thesis and considerations were taken to the unique case of the Arab world. The optimal training program consists of a combination of computer-based and clinic-based setting that tackles both synthetic and analytic cues using audio-visual training protocol for a period of 6 weeks. The only computer training program that is converted to Arabic is called Baldi which used a three-dimensional head to convey the proper way of speech and assists in hearing. This enables us to device the training program around it and strengthen it using one-to-one encounters with the audiologists for further training and immediate feedback.

Download the full Research Work: Dana Al Wattar (2018). Digital-based audio-visual training program for Arabic-speaking adults with hearing aids. SAERA


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