CAA Webinar: Motivation, Cognition and Listening Effort


Join us on Thursday June 28, 2018 as Professor Mary Rudner presents Motivation, Cognition and Listening Effort.

Hard of hearing people often find that listening is effortful. This makes listening effort an important phenomenon to study. However, there has been a lack of consensus among the research community concerning both the definition of listening effort and how to measure it. The Framework for Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL, Pichora Fuller et al., 2016) brings together tools and concepts to form a basis for future work on understanding listening effort. It also provides a scientific definition of listening effort: the deliberate allocation of mental resources to overcome obstacles in goal pursuit when carrying out a listening task. Fundamental to the FUEL is Kahneman’s (1973) model of attention and effort, which describes how available cognitive resources are allocated to on-going tasks. This allocation process can also be understood in terms of working memory. The decision to allocate cognitive resources to a listening task often depends on motivation and the pleasure of hearing significant sounds.

In this CAA webinar, I will describe the FUEL and how it can be used as a tool for understanding effortful listening. I will also provide examples of the way in which the FUEL is driving current research.

Learning points:
1. The role of cognition in listening
2. Understanding the Framework for Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL)
3. Methods of measuring listening effort

Speaker: Mary Rudner, Professor in Disability Research, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden.

Mary Rudner is Professor of Disability Research specializing in Cognitive Hearing Science at Linköping University, Sweden and guest professor at Lund University, Sweden. At Linköping University, she is Deputy Research Manager at the Linnaeus Centre HEAD, for research on HEaring And Deafness, and Director of Studies of the HEAD Graduate School. Her research interest is in the role of cognition in language and memory. Her work is funded by Swedish Research Council, Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare and she has received career awards from Linköping University. She collaborates nationally and internationally. Recent work has focused on cognitive representation and cross-modal plasticity associated with deafness.

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Non CAA Members – fee $50.00

Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Therapy Masterclass

Birkbeck, University of London, London, United Kingdom  

Participants will be provided with the specialist skill, knowledge and tools which are essential for developing a Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Therapy Clinic.

Supersaver registration deadline: 15th December 2017  

Course director: Dr. Hashir Aazh (Royal Surrey County Hospital, UK)

Guest speakers: Professor Brian C.J. Moore (Cambridge University, UK), and Mr. Don McFerran (Colchester Hospital, UK)


Vancouver, BC

Learn the theory of The Neurophysiological Model of Tinnitus and how to apply it practically to TRT from Professors Pawel and Margaret Jastreboff, founders and originators of TRT. This is an intensive training course limited to 24 participants to allow for a comprehensive, intensive and personal learning experience. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

2018 CAA Conference and Exhibition

Niagara Falls, ON

CAA 2018 is Canada’s largest annual live event dedicated to the science and practice of audiology. We have an exciting line up of speakers from across the World on a broad range of topics to meet the needs of audiologists across the scope of practice and employment disciplines. Learn from world-class scientists and clinicians, engage with industry representatives in our exhibition hall and discuss hot topics with colleagues, mentors and new friends. Conference dates: October 17th – 20th, 2018.  We also offer two Pre-Conference Workshops October 17, 2018.


The early bird registration deadline is June 12, 2018 and members of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) get preferential rates.

World Congress of Audiology 2018

Cape Town Convention Centre

The World Audiology Congress due to be held at the Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa is due to be held from 27  – 31 October. The congress will also feature Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Cochlear tracks. There will be three Round Table Plenary Sessions, one on each day of the conference chaired by Sharon Kujawa (USA), De Wet Swanepoel (South Africa) and Louise Hickson (Australia) on topics such as ” Synaptopathy Basic Sciences and Clinical Implications”; ” Equitable Access to Healthy Hearing” and “Family Centred Audiological Care for Children and Adults”.

Other special sessions and workshops include ” eHealth in Audiology: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges” chaired by Gabriella Tognola (Italy); “eHealth II: Trends in Technology Development as well as Service Delivery from Multiple Perspectives” by Stefan Launer (Switzerland) and “Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” by Thais Morata (USA). The call for abstracts closes on 16 April 2018.

Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate Program

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate Program is a two-day workshop and assessment to learn how to help your patients with tinnitus. This comprehensive curriculum focuses on tinnitus patient care involving physiology, psychology, measurement, management, and practice organization.