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Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building

358 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

201A Communication Disorders Building


My research program focuses on how people use the two ears together to form auditory images that are localized accurately. The particular focus is on common acoustic conditions in which reflections off surfaces in a room cause the waves reaching the ears to contain ambiguous information about where a sound source is located. Still, we localize correctly despite the ambiguity, and I am trying to figure out what ear and brain mechanisms allow that to happen. Target sounds that we want to hear and masking sounds that we don’t want to hear are perceived at their correct locations, even in reverberation. When these target and masker locations are different, as they usually are, we use this difference to achieve a release from masking. I am trying to determine the role of accurate localization in release from masking, particularly in reverberant environments. The more we know about these mechanisms, the better we will be able to help people with hearing loss localize sounds accurately and understand speech in noisy and reverberant environments through bilateral hearing aids and cochlear implants.