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Hearing Aid Research

Hearing Research

Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

The Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory directed by Gavin M. Bidelman, Ph.D. uses cognitive neuroscience tools (EEG/ERPs, psychophysics, computational modeling, machine learning) to investigate foundational properties of auditory perception and cognition. The work includes elements of both basic research and clinically motivated inquiry. Lab studies proceed on three main fronts: (1) understanding the neurocomputations involved in auditory processing and learning of speech and non-speech sounds; (2) a neuroethological approach characterizing brain plasticity via study of listeners with extraordinary auditory expertise (e.g., musicians, bilinguals); and translational work (3) examining changes in neural coding across the lifespan in both normal and clinical populations (hearing impaired, mild cognitive impairment).

Bidelman Lab

Auditory Processing Laboratory

Directed by Deborah Moncrieff, Ph.D., the focus of the Auditory Processing Laboratory is on the diagnosis and treatment of amblyaudia, a common auditory processing difficulty that interferes with communication, language development, learning and reading in individuals across the lifespan.

Dr. Moncrieff and students in lab

Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory

The Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory is directed by Sarah E. Warren, Au.D., Ph.D., licensed audiologist. The vision of the Cochlear Implant Research Lab is to advance patient outcomes in adults and children with severe-to-profound hearing loss through the use of cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices.

Dr. Warren in lab with students

Hearing Aid Research Laboratory

Directed by Jani Johnson, Au.D., Ph.D., the Hearing Aid Research Laboratory  research involves the development and evaluation of diagnostic and remediation procedures to overcome disablements associated with hearing loss. Issues studied include the improvement of hearing aid fitting protocols, measurement of the help provided by hearing aids, and the development of clinical tools for facilitating rehabilitation.

Hearing Aid Research Lab

Speech Perception Assessment Laboratory

Directed by Lisa Lucks Mendel, Ph.D., research in the Speech Perception Assessment Laboratory focuses on accurate assessment of speech perception by individuals with normal hearing and individuals with hearing impairment. The tools and procedures used to assess speech perception are evaluated for their validity and reliability in various listening situations.