BRIEF BIO Viji Easwar, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Centre for Audiology. She is an audiologist and completed her PhD in Western University in 2014. Viji’s research interests include objective outcome measures of children with hearing loss who wear hearing aids and/or use cochlear implants. She is currently working with Drs. Susan Scollie and David Purcell on an objective aided test called NestAmp (Neural test for Amplification) that was developed during her PhD at Western University. This test aims to confirm access to speech sounds through hearing aids in young babies. Viji recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Karen Gordon at the Hospital for Sick Children during which she evaluated development of binaural processing in children with two cochlear implants using electrophysiological measures.
Co-applicant; CIHR CHRP grant (2016)
Postdoctoral fellowship program/ Research Training Competition (RESTRACOMP) (2014-2016)
Student travel award, Association for Research in Otolaryngology (2016)
Endorsed as Western University’s candidate for the Proquest Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation award in Biology and Life Sciences category (2015)
Travel award, Society for Ear, Nose, & Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) (2015)
Travel award, Conference on Implantable Auditory Prosthesis (CIAP) (2015)
Student Award Winner, 8th International Symposium on Objective measures in Auditory Implants, Toronto, Canada (2014)
NIDCD Travel award, Academy Research Conference, AudiologyNow! (2014)
Student Research Award (top five of 40 projects), American Academy of Audiology, AudiologyNow! (2014)
Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 610 Academic Achievement Scholarship (2014)
Faculty of Health Sciences Award, The University of Western Ontario (2014)
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Travel award, The University of Western Ontario (2014)
Nominated for Graduate Student Teaching award (2013)
Graduate Thesis Research Fund, The University of Western Ontario (2013)
Faculty of Health Sciences Award, Western University (2012)
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Travel award, Western University (2012)
P.E. Doak best student award of the year in M.Sc. Audiology in Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, UK (2008)
RECENT RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
Easwar, V., Sanfilippo, J., Papsin, B., & Gordon, K. (2016) Factors affects daily cochlear implant use in Children: Datalogging evidence. Journal of American Academy of Audiology, 27, 824-838.
Thammaiah, S., Manchaiah, V., Easwar, V., & Krishna, R., (in press) Translation of five English self-reported health measures to South Indian language Kannada. Audiology Research.
Thammaiah, S., Manchaiah, V., Easwar, V., Krishna, R., & McPherson, B. (in press) Psychometric properties of the Hearing Handicap Questionnaire: A Kannada (South Indian) translation. International Journal of Audiology.
Easwar, V., Purcell, D. W., Aiken, S. J., Parsa, V., & Scollie, S. D. (2015). Evaluation of Speech-Evoked Envelope Following Responses as an Objective Aided Outcome Measure: Effect of Stimulus Level, Bandwidth, and Amplification in Adults with Hearing Loss. Ear and Hearing, 36(6), 635-652. Paper chosen for the 2015 Ear and Hearing Editors’ Award.
Easwar, V., Purcell, D. W., Aiken, S. J., Parsa, V., & Scollie, S. D. (2015). Effect of Stimulus Level and Bandwidth on Speech-Evoked Envelope Following Responses in Adults with Normal Hearing. Ear and Hearing, 36(6), 619-634.
Easwar, V., Beamish, L., Aiken, S., Choi, J.M., Scollie, S., & Purcell, D. (2015) Sensitivity of speech evoked envelope following responses to vowel polarity. Hearing Research, 320, 38-50.
Chundu, S., Manchaiah, V., Easwar, V., Boothalingam, S., & Rajalakshmi, K. (2015) Psychological work environment and professional satisfaction among Indian audiologists. International journal of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology, 3(1), 20-27.
Glista, D., Scollie, S., Moodie, S., & Easwar, V. The network of pediatric audiologists in Canada. (2014) The Ling 6(HL) Test: Typical pediatric performance data and clinical use evaluation. Journal of American Academy of Audiology, 25(10), 1008-1021.
Easwar, V., Boothalingam, S., Chundu, S., Manchaiah, V. K., & Ismail, S. (2013). Audiological Practice in India: An Internet-Based Survey of Audiologists. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 65(S3), S636-S644.
Glista, D., Easwar, V., Purcell, D., & Scollie, S. (2012). A pilot study on cortical auditory evoked potentials in children: Aided CAEPs reflect improved high-frequency audibility with frequency compression hearing aid technology. International Journal of Otolaryngology, Special Issue Hearing aids and the Brain, 2012.
Easwar, V., Purcell, D., & Scollie, S. (2012). Electroacoustic comparison of hearing aid output of phonemes in running speech versus isolation: Implications for aided cortical auditory evoked potentials testing. International Journal of Otolaryngology, Special Issue Hearing aids and the Brain, 2012.
Easwar, V., Glista, D., Purcell, D., & Scollie, S. (2012). Hearing aid processing changes tone burst onset: effect on cortical auditory evoked potentials in individuals with normal audiometric thresholds. American Journal of Audiology, 21(1), 82-90.
Easwar, V., Glista, D., Purcell, D., & Scollie, S. (2012). The effect of stimulus choice on cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEP): Consideration of speech segment positioning within naturally produced speech. International Journal of Audiology, 51(12), 926-931.
Scollie, S., Bagatto, M., Moodie, S., Seewald, R., Hyde, M., Weber, S., Martin, V., Glista, D., Tharpe, A.M., Crukley, J., Easwar, V., Hawkins, M., Levy, C., Zimmo, S., Moodie, S. Richert, F., & Parsa, V. (2014) Protocol for the provision of amplification, Ontario Infant Hearing Program.
TECHNICAL REPORTS / NON-PEER REVIEWED
Easwar, V., Boothalingam, S., Thammaiah, S., & Manchaiah, V. (Nov, 2015-2016) Audiology India: small steps towards improving hearing health care in India. ASHA Kiran newsletter.
Easwar, V. (2012) Incorporating problem-based learning in Audiology curricula: sowing seeds for problem solving & self-directed learning. Capstone Project, Teaching Support Center, The University of Western Ontario.
Scollie, S., Easwar, V., & Bagatto, M. (2012) Evaluation of the Intelligent Hearing Systems Baby Isao simulated patient. Technical report for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program for use of Baby Isao as a training tool for Audiologists.