Overview of Interests
The goal of my research is to understand the biological basis of hearing in noisy environments. Our current work focuses on the neuronal and circuit basis of hearing in normal hearing, using nonhuman primates as a model. A longer term goal of the current research involves a study of how these mechanisms are disrupted after hearing impairment, so that assistive hearing devices may be created to ameliorate the hearing loss. A future line of inquiry is to investigate how the ability to hear in noise develops as the subject develops into adulthood, and the effects of early life vs. later loss of hearing ability. Other lines of inquiry include an investigation into the ability of subjects with early hearing problems to integrate visual and auditory stimuli, and to interact with their natural environment.