The Child Amplification Laboratory studies the process of selecting and fitting hearing aids and assistive listening devices, with a particular focus on infants, toddlers, and children. We study improved techniques for relating the hearing test to hearing aid fitting, for evaluating and prescribing hearing aid performance, and for evaluating and monitoring effectiveness of hearing aid fittings.
The techniques developed in this laboratory are now being applied to select and fit hearing aids in clinics throughout the world. The results of this research are disseminated to the broad community of audiologists and hearing aid specialists through scientific publications and the distribution of the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) software system and method for hearing aid prescription and fitting.
In our research, we strive to achieve the following goals: