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Auditory Processing Disorders

This two-day masterclass provides an in-depth update on the current scientific understanding of auditory processing disorders (APD), language, cognition and their interaction.

Dates: TBC
Course Director: Professor Doris Bamiou and Dr Peter Keating

Overview

This two-day masterclass provides an in-depth update on the current scientific understanding of auditory processing disorders (APD), language, cognition and their interaction across the age spectrum.

You'll learn about:

  • the scientific principles of auditory neuroscience
  • current clinical diagnostic and management approaches for auditory processing disorders

This is a multidisciplinary course, taught by clinician researchers and auditory neuroscience academic researchers. 

You can attend for one or two days. 

Who this course is for:

  • Audiologists and audiology assistants
  • Hearing therapists
  • Audiology students
  • Teachers of the deaf
  • Speech and language therapists
  • General practitioners with a special interest in audiology
  • Audiovestibular doctors and other health professionals
  • Other health professionals with an interest in hearing and cognition

You should have some basic knowledge in audiology.

Topics

The course covers a wide range of topics including

  • the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central auditory pathways
  • the definition of auditory processing disorders (APD) and controversies
  • clinical presentations of APD in adults and children and the interplay of auditory processing, cognition and language
  • diagnostic considerations for APD including its differential diagnosis from auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders, developmental and/or cognitive disorders
  • current test batteries for assessment of different cohorts of patients with APD (e.g. the child with developmental disorders; dementia paitents)
  • mulitdisciplinary management of individuals with APD and with or without other hearing impairment, cognitive or developmental disorders in adults and children with APD
  • research tests in development 
  • electrophysiological tests for auditory processing
  • using auditory devices and training programmes in the management of APD

Seminar style, interactive teaching is supplemented by:

  • Virtual group exercises and class discussion
  • Case studies
  • Self-directed reading and pre-reading around current structure and practice in auditory processing disorder services

The course is led by Professor Doris Bamiou and Dr Peter Keating, with lectures and seminars from experienced academics and clinicians. All materials will be available via the dedicated course page on UCLExtend. 

Course organisers
  • Professor Doris Bamiou, UCL Ear Institute
  • Dr Peter Keating, UCL Ear Institute
Course Programme for 24 March 2022 (including pre course material)

Topic

Speaker

Introduction to Auditory Processing 

Dr Peter Keating

Learning to locate sounds following hearing loss

Dr Peter Keating
What can mouse models tell us about auditory processing disorder?Professor Jennifer Linden 
Listening in crowded environments: a selective introduction to auditory scene analysisProfessor Maria Chait
Multisensory integration and perceptual decision making in Auditory CortexProfessor Jennifer Bizley
How do background sounds interfere with speech?Professor Stuart Rosen
Hearing loss and Dementia: from Epidemiology to Clinical Trials Professor Sergi Costafreda Gonzalez
Importance of prior knowledge for complex listening: role of voice familiarity and semantic contextDr Emma Holmes
Age-related changes in listening abilities and their impact on cognitive tests: Turning a deaf ear to auditory biases in cognitive assessmentsDr Christian Fullgrabe 
Understanding auditory processing by visualising the activity of single neuronsDr Johannes Dahmen
Time 

Topic

Speaker
09:45-10:00

Welcome and opening remarks

Dr Peter Keating
10:00-10:45

Speech perception in noise, high-frequency audiometry, and cochlear synaptopathy

Professor Chris Plack
10:45-11:00Q&A: Age related changes in listening abilities and their impact on cognitice tests: Turning a deaf ear to auditory biases in cognitive assessmentsDr Christian Fullgrabe
11:00-11:45Neural Processing of Language Professor Sophie Scott
11:45-12:00Break 
12:00-12:20Q&A: Listening in crowded environmentsProfessor Maria Chait
12:20-12:40Q&A: Importance of prior knowledge for complex listening roles of voice familiarity and semantic contextDr Emma Holmes
12:40-13:00Q&A: Understanding auditory processing by visualising the activity of single neurons Dr Johannes Dahmen
13:00-14:00Lunch break 
14:00-14:20Q&A: What can mouse models tell us about auditory processing disorder?Professor Jennifer Linden 
14:20-14:40Q&A: Multisensory integration and perceptual decision making in Auditory CortexProfessor Jennifer Bizley
14:40-15:00Q&A: Learning to locate sounds following hearing lossDr Peter Keating 
15:00-15:15Break 
15:15-15:45Q&A: How do background sounds intefere with speech?Professor Stuart Rosen 
15:45-16:00Q&A: Hearing Loss and Dementia: from Epidemiology to Clinical TrialsProfessor Sergi Costafreda Gonzalez
Course Programme for 31 March 2022 (including pre course material)

Topic

Speaker

Auditory disorders in Dementia

Professor Jason Warren

Auditory Processing Disorders: Clinical context, definitions and controversies

Professor Doris-Eva Bamiou
Auditory Processing Disorders: Definitions, clinical presentations and the diagnostic approachProfessor Doris-Eva Bamiou
APD: A multidisciplinary approachDr Chrysa Spyridakou
APD TestsMs Herra Bhuta
Managing the child with listening difficulties: An overviewProfessor Doris-eva Bamiou
Remote microphone hearing aids for APD: What is available and the evidenceDr Nehzat Koohi
Management of APD: What is available and what is the evidence Dr Cristina Murphy
Language and literacy impairments in children: Interventions that work and rationaleProfessor Charles Hulmes
Time 

Topic

Speaker
09:50-10:00

Welcome and opening remarks

Professor Katharina von Kriegstein 
10:00-10:45

Sound and speech processing in autism

Professor Chris Plack
10:45-11:15Case Study and Q&A: APD -  A multidisciplinary approachDr Chrysa Spyridakou
11:15-11:45Auditory Processing Disorders: Paediatric Case Studies - Diagnosis and Management / Q&AProfessor Vivian Iliadou
11:45-12:00Break 
12:00-12:20Case Study and Q&A: Remote microphone hearing aids and auditory training Dr Nehzat Koohi
12:20-12:40Case Study and Q&A: Auditory Processing Tests GOSH
12:40-13:00Case Study and Q&A: APD Management Dr Cristina Murphy
13:00-14:00Lunch break 
14:00-14:45Auditory processing in traumatic brain injury and after blast injuryProfessor Frederick Gallun
14:45-15:15Auditory Processing Disorders: Adult Neurological Case Studies - Diagnosis and Management / Q&AProfessor Doris-Eva Bamiou
15:15-15:30Break 
15:30-16:00Case Study and Q&A: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss and CognitionDr Rohani Omar
Learning Outcomes

Following this course, you will:

  • Be able to obtain a history of individuals suspected of APD
  • Be able to choose effective tests and other assessment strategies for individuals suspected of APD
  • Be able to consider differential diagnoses and recognise the need for multidisciplinary assessment 
  • Be able to formulate a management approach for APD
  • Recognise current limitations and controversies in the field of APD
Certificates and accreditation

You'll receive a certificate of attendance with CPD points for completion of the online masterclass. 

Booking

Payment via UCLExtend must be made 2 working days before the first live session.

NB: Your place on the course is not secured until payment has cleared. If you are paying via invoice, a purchase order number must be provided a 2 weeks prior to the course start.