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The First Summer Workshop on
The Application of Pupillometry in Hearing Science to assess Listening Effort


The First Summer Workshop on The Application of Pupillometry in Hearing Science to assess Listening Effort


The first summer workshop on “The Application of Pupillometry in Hearing Science to assess Listening Effort” was organized by the Section Ear & Hearing, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and EMGO Institute of the VU University medical center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was held on August 5 and 6, 2015. In total, 23 researchers from The Netherlands, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Australia, France, and the USA participated.


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The focus of this workshop was on the use of pupillometry in hearing science. In recent years, research within the fields of Audiology and Psychology has been increasingly focusing on the quantification of the effort required during listening. Various techniques have been used to quantify listening effort. One of the physiological measures available is the assessment of cognitive processing load by means of the pupil dilation response. The more effortful the listening task, the larger the increase in pupil size. This response is affected by several characteristics of the listening situation, as well by abilities of the listener.

For example, it depends on speech intelligibility (Zekveld et al., 2010), masker type (Koelewijn et al., 2012).


Researchers at the Section Ear & Hearing, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and EMGO Institute of the VU University medical center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, have been applying this method in hearing science since 1997.

Currently, this method is applied in labs throughout the world to assess the influence of various relevant factors and paramenters, such as the effect of hearing aid algorithms, CI rehabilitation, and daily-life hearing disability.

The aim of this workshop was to share knowledge and practical experience (hands-on training) regarding

  1. Theoretical background
  2. Data acquisition
  3. Data analysis

Here you will find the agenda.


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Workshop


The workshop was successful – it formed an opportunity for researcher to discuss research ideas and relevant concepts, and it also provided a platform for building international collaborations. The feedback received from the attendants was positive, and they underlined the value of a small-scale workshop on the application of this technique.


It is currently not clear whether we will have the opportunity to organize this workshop another time in one or two years from now. Such a follow-up workshop will be more interactive, including presentations and demos from attendants and invitees, and will have a more advanced character.


We thank the attendees for their very helpful comments and input into the fruitful discussions. We hope to see you again at a future workshop!


The organizing committee


Adriana Zekveld, PhD and Thomas Koelewijn, PhD (main organizers)
Prof. Sophia E. Kramer

Yang Wang and Barbara Ohlenforst (Marie Curie ITN project LISTEN 607373)
Hans van Beek (technician).

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