Marianne Hawkins is a research audiologist at the National Centre for Audiology at Western University. She began as a member of the Child Amplification Laboratory team in 2013 as a research assistant and has graduated to a research associate. She is currently exploring pediatric hearing aid technologies with a focus on frequency lowering. Her work in the lab translates well to her involvement in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program and contribution to the creation of clinical protocols.
Pediatric populations typically cannot fully communicate what they are hearing or do not have an understanding of what sounds are being missed. The goal of this research is to develop fitting methods for clinicians to best individualize hearing aid programming to provide most benefit to children with hearing loss. Clinicians can then determine the efficacy of their selected settings using valid outcome measures which have been lab-tested. Ultimately, this research allows clinicians to provide their pediatric populations with hearing aids best suited to each individual’s hearing loss.