Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building
358 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
The overarching goal of my 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 my 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 my research program is continuing to expand as we examine novel approaches to assessing very young and other difficult-to-test populations and begin to work 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.