TitlePupillometry in children: a good method for assessing listening effort
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsGheller, Flavia, Gaia Spicciarelli, Nadina Gomez-Merino, and Patrizia Trevisi
Secondary TitleAudiologia e Foniatria
Volume5
Issue1
Number4
Pagination3-14
Date Published12/2020
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2431-7008
Keywordschildren, listening effort, pupil dilation, pupillometry
Abstract

The additional cognitive effort required during listening activity, for example in case of inadequate acoustic conditions, may lead to a general worsening of cognitive performances, especially in children, who are still developing adult-like language skills which may help them compensating for inaccurate speech recognition. For this reason, it is increasingly important to have a more objective method for assessing listening effort. Pupillometry could be a good solution for evaluating the effect that background noise has on children’ cognitive abilities, particularly in the case of hearing-impaired children. As it has been proved that eye pupil dilation can be considered a psychophysiological marker of cognitive effort, pupillometry may indeed be a practical and reliable method for this type of evaluation. This review aims to provide more information on this technique and how to use it when assessing listening effort in children.

URLhttp://audiologiaefoniatria.padovauniversitypress.it/2020/1/4
DOI10.14658/pupj-ijap-2020-1-4