“It would be fantastic if we could develop hearing solutions that people would want to acquire at a much sooner point of time than they do with hearing aids today. That would make it much easier for people to get used to wearing them.”
As a research audiologist at Eriksholm, my areas of responsibility stretch in two directions. I attend to the daily rehabilitation of test subjects, and I support the scientists by planning and executing experiments involving test subjects.
I hold a master in audio logopedics (speech and language pathology), specialized in audiology. Originally, I chose that education because I wanted to help children that have challenges developing their language. When studying for the bachelor, we had education in audiology, and it made a huge impact on me to learn the many challenges people with hearing loss have to deal with, for example that they tend to become socially isolated. I was fascinated by the potential difference the hearing care professionals can make and by learning how important the counseling part of their job is to ensure that the user of the hearing aids actually benefit from using them. That was when I decided to specialize in audiology
When studying for my master, our class got the opportunity to visit Eriksholm Research Centre. I found everything about Eriksholm very exciting, and it was great to learn that my education could also lead to a position in research. At the time when I graduated, a vacancy as maternity cover was posted, and I applied and got the job. One year later I got a permanent position.
I really enjoy the interaction with all our test subjects. The personal meeting, identifying the individual challenges and needs related to hearing, and to find the best solution for each individual person. It is really rewarding every time we succeed in having technology compensate seamlessly for a hearing loss and I really appreciate the opportunity I have here at Eriksholm to bring the experiences and insights I gain from that process into the research related work.
I hope to continue to bring more and more valuable knowledge from my interaction with people with hearing impairment into the research, and hopefully one day be able to contribute even more to making new discoveries to make their lives easier.
When I am not at work, my life is full of family. Both my own little family and our entire, joint family. I love hiking, and especially in foreign countries. Actually, I had my first job interview with Eriksholm on-line on my phone in 2335-meter height while sitting in a hotel lobby in Peru. The hotel lobby was the only place with an internet connection.
That has to be artificial intelligence. It is fascinating because this can be used in so many different contexts, also hearing aids, of course, where use of artificial intelligence make them better adapt to different sound situations and provide more benefit to the user than previously possible.
It would be fantastic if we could develop hearing solutions that people would want to acquire at a much sooner point of time than they do with hearing aids today. That would make it much easier for people to get used to wearing them.