Hearing Loss and Cochlear-Implant Research

Perceptual consequences of hearing loss

  • Auditory Analysis and Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Much of our research is focused on the ways in which auditory and speech perception changes under conditions of hearing loss, and the ways in which new technologies can be harnessed to improve it. 
  • Cochlear-Implant Research: Cochlear implants represent perhaps the most successful sensorineural prosthetic device. However, many challenges remain for people with cochlear implants. Our research explores ways to characterize hearing via a cochlear implant with the long-term goal of improving the experience for cochlear-implant users.

Selected Publications

Feng, L., & Oxenham, A. J. (2020). Spectral Contrast Effects Reveal Different Acoustic Cues for Vowel Recognition in Cochlear-Implant Users. Ear Hear, 41(4), 990-997.

Dirks, C. E., Nelson, P. B., Winn, M. B., & Oxenham, A. J. (2020). Sensitivity to binaural temporal-envelope beats with single-sided deafness and a cochlear implant as a measure of tonotopic match (L). J Acoust Soc Am, 147(5), 3626.

Oxenham, A. J. (2020). Spectral contrast effects and auditory enhancement under normal and impaired hearing. Acoustical Science and Technology, 41(1), 108-112. 

 O'Neill, E. R., Kreft, H. A., & Oxenham, A. J. (2019). Cognitive factors contribute to speech perception in cochlear-implant users and age-matched normal-hearing listeners under vocoded conditions. J Acoust Soc Am, 146(1), 195.