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LU doctoral student accepted to train in new audiology technology

Vibhu Grover has been invited to attend hearing technology training at the Oticon Eriksholm Research Facility in GroverDenmark.

“I am excited to go to the headquarters of Oticon and learn about their research facilities,” said Grover, a doctoral student in audiology at Lamar University.  “I will be attending lectures about hearing aid fitting, modifications and programming.”

Grover, who conducts research at LU with Vinaya Manchaiah, Ph.D., on digital therapeutics in audiology, was one of four students out of 300 selected to attend the program based on his interaction at an Oticon USA sponsored workshop in Keystone, Colorado, earlier this year.  

“I will be attending workshops that cover topics such as complex hearing aid fitting, new hearing aid technology, hearing aid adjustments and modifications of custom hearing aids. We will be visiting their research institute to see how they carry out their research to modify and innovate the new hearing aid technology.”

One of the many projects Grover’s body of work with Manchaiah lends to Oticon’s efforts. Grover and Manchaiah have completed projects on electro acoustic characteristics of low-cost hearing aids versus over-the-counter hearing aids and their applicability into the real world, as well as projects on tinnitus management, ICF coding, social representation and hearing health related self-reported questionnaires.

“My goal is to work in a private practice that offers comprehensive hearing and balance assessment and rehabilitation,” said Grover. “My long-term goal is to improve the audiology services in the developing countries and also to open schools for children with special needs in India.”