A network of researchers and practitioners

in conversation/interaction analysis, audiology and design

with the goal of understanding and improving

communication with hearing loss and hearing aids


July 29 – August 1, 2009




Workshop Program


Day 1 – Wednesday, July 29:


14:00            Arrival


14:30            Maria Egbert and All

                     Welcome and presentation of participants


15:15            Maria Egbert

                     Needs for studying Hearing aids communication

                    Goals of network

                    Interdisciplinary approach



To frame the contents of the workshop within the larger network

To define the direction of the network

Short overview of literature on communication with hearing loss and hearing aids


16:30            - Coffee break -


17:00            Johanna Ruusuvuori, Eila Lonka, Jette Damsø Johansen, Elizabeth Keating,

                     Maria Egbert:

                     “How to get a hearing aid in Denmark, Finland, Germany and the USA”

                      Comparison of health care systems”



-  To obtain an overview of the different national systems

-  To create a basis for the research question “What is the possible impact of the health care systems on (non-)compliance of use of hearing aids”      


18:00            -Time for a walk or a swim -


19:00            - Dinner at ZiF -


Day 2 – Thursday, July 30


 9:00            Maria Egbert and All

                    “National, cultural and linguistic similarities and differences”



To continue yesterday’s presentation of health care systems in order to discuss research questions evolving from national differences.

To discuss whether or how cultural and linguistic differences may be of relevance


 9:30            Jette Damsø Johansen:

                    “Medical aspects of hearing loss”



To provide a basis for researchers from other disciplines


10:15            Kati Pajo

                    Video analysis of hearing loss in everyday Finnish conversation, Part 1”



-  The analysis of authentic interaction opens a first window into the kind of research we envision in this network 


11:00            - Coffee break -


11:30            “Video analysis of hearing loss in everyday Finnish conversation, Part 2”


12:30            - Lunch -


14:00            Communication with aphasia”



-  In the following two presentations we learn what pioneering research into communication with another limitations has found out and how such research results can be relevant for application. We also have the aim of applying our research on hearing loss and hearing aid communication.


                         Angelika Bauer:

                        “Augmented communication and interaction with reduced capabilities

                         from a related medical field: Aphasia”


15:00              Minna Laakso:

                       “Collaborative resolutions of word search in aphasic conversation”


16:00            - Coffee break -


16:30            Maria Egbert and All

                    Discussion/ Wrap-up from yesterday’s and today’s session

                    Collection of research questions


18:00            End of session


                    - Free evening -



Day 3 – Friday, July 31:

  9:00            Markus Meis:

                    “Hearing aid provision and their barriers in the European context”



-  To introduce the “Auditory Valley”, a cooperation cluster of researchers and industry partners

-  To report about German research on hearing loss, hearing aid us, and stigmatization  


10:00            Eila Lonka:

      “A demonstration of how research on hearing loss can be applied to hearing rehabilitation”



-  To learn about an example in Swedish where a CD ROM was developed  


10:30            - Coffee break -


11:00            Ben Matthews:

                     Technology in use: User centred design with company collaborators”



-  To learn about the Scandinavian approach of User centred design for innovation  

-  To learn about the collaboration with a Danish hearing aid compamy  


12:30            - Lunch -


14:00            Arnulf Deppermann:

     “Doctor-patient-interaction: Negotiations about the psycho-social relevance of hearing problems".    

     Presentation and data session”



-  To show how the research on doctor-patient interaction is relevant to the interaction of hearing aid adjustment  

-  To analyze a patient’s first report of hearing problems to her family doctor (general practitioner)  


15:30            - Coffee break -


16:00            Eila Lonka:

                    “Report of a questionnaire study about the experience of hearing aid users”



-  To receive specific information on a Finnish study  


16:30            Maria Egbert

                     Funding possibilities 



-  To present international and European agencies


18:00         - Dinner in town (pay self) -


Day 4 – Saturday, August 1


  9:00            Elizabeth Keating

                     Funding strategies



-  To discuss overarching considerations for funding applications


  9:30         Trine Heinemann

   “Observations from the Danish pilot project/ video analysis of interactions during hearing aid    



-  To introduce the data  

-  To show analytical themes arising from the interactional data


10:30            - Coffee break -


10:30         Elisabeth Gülich

  “Conversation Analysis as a new approach in the differential diagnosis of epileptic and dissociative      
   seizure disorders"



-  We learn how groundbreaking research into communicative representations of seizures has been the basis for developing a diagnostic instrument now used by medical doctors. This is an example of how interaction analysis has helped medical work.


11:15            Maria Egbert and All

                     Collection and discussion of research questions


12:30            - Lunch -


14:00            Maria Egbert and All

                     Summary and possible courses of action


15:00            Departure