Sarah F. Poissant

Sarah Poissant
Position or Job Title
Chancellor's Leadership Fellow (AY 2021-22); Associate Professor, Communication Disorders
Email Address
spoissant@comdis.umass.edu
Bio

The overarching goal of Dr. Poissant's research is to maximize access to the speech signal for adults and children with hearing loss, regardless of which personal sensory device they use. Most of her recent work in the cochlear implant lab has aimed to fully understand how the characteristics of reverberation and masking negatively impact speech understanding in cochlear implant recipients and to provide recommendations for ways in which acoustic environments can be controlled for the users’ benefit. The pediatric portion of her research program is continuing to expand as novel approaches to assessing very young and other difficult-to-test populations are examined and as work begins with children with unilateral hearing loss who have unique listening challenges, but who also share some of the same barriers to accessing the speech signal as our cochlear implant users.