About the Lab
Research in the Cognitive Hearing Science Lab is driven by basic questions about information processing in the human brain during listening in noise. Using behavioral and electrophysiological experiments we are trying to understand the dynamic interplay between cognition and speech perception in individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and those with auditory processing deficits. Currently active studies in the lab are designed to examine how school-age children with normal hearing who have auditory processing difficulties, understand speech in challenging listening environments (such as noisy classrooms) and how their performance can be improved. The long-term goal is to apply what is learned from this line of research to clinical management in children who have difficulties processing spoken language, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing.