Research

The research in dB SPL is motivated towards identifying problems that hearing-impaired listeners encounter in daily life, with the ultimate goal of proposing solutions to these problems. To achieve this goal, we conduct basic science research to understand mechanisms of hearing, or its failures, as well as clinical research with actual patients. Our research is multidisciplinary, and involves behavioral and cognitive sciences, as well as engineering approaches. We work closely with users of hearing aids and cochlear implants, the manufacturers of these devices, and local and international collaborators.

Some of our projects (selected) are as follows. To see a more comprehensive list please see the People section. For useful tools for lab members and non-members, we now have a google lab website.

Perception of speech in complex listening environments in normal hearing, simulated hearing loss, and users of cochlear implants
PhD students: P. Bhargava, J. Clarke, N. El Boghdady
Researchers: Dr. E. Gaudrain, Collaborators: Dr. M. Chatterjee, Dr. R. Morse, Dr. S. Holmes
Funded by VIDI and Aspasia grants from NWO, ZonMw, Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, Advanced Bionics, and GSMS.

Development of sound, speech, and language development in cochlear-implanted children
PhD student: Leanne Nagels
Collaborators:
Prof. P. Hendriks, Dr. J. van Rij, Dr. E. Gaudrain, Dr. D. Vickers (UCL)
Past students; BCN ReMa student: J. Libert,  Students: E. Ibiza, I. van Bommel
Funded by VICI grant, PI: Hendriks, and VICI and VIDI grants, PI: Başkent.

Aging effects in cochlear implants
Collaborators: Dr. D. Lazard, Ir. B. Maat, Dr. R. Hofman, Dr. G. Izaks
JSMS student: N. Schubert

The effects of aging on temporal integration in vision and hearing
PhD student: J. Saija, Collaborators: Dr. E. Akyürek, Dr. T. Andringa
Funded by RUG and UMCG Faculties, NWO Aspasia grant.

Perception of vocal characteristics in cochlear implants
Researchers: Dr. E. Gaudrain, Dr. A. Wagner, Dr. T. Tamati
Funded by VIDI and VICI grants.

Mental and auditory representations in cochlear-implant users
Researcher: Dr. A. Wagner, Collaborator: Prof. dr. N. Maurits
Funded by Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (PI: Wagner, Host: Başkent) and Med-El.

Perception of realistic forms of speech with cochlear implants
Researcher: Dr. T. Tamati, Collaborator: Dr. E. Janse (MPI)
Funded by VIDI grant and Rosalind Franklin Fellowship.

Second language learning in cochlear-implanted children and adolescents
Phd student: Drs. E. Jung, Collaborator: Dr. A. Sarampalis
Funded by VIDI grant and Rosalind Franklin Fellowship.
More details on the project website.

Completed projects

Listening effort with cochlear implants
PhD student: C.Pals, MSc, Co-supervisor: Dr. A. Sarampalis
Collaborators: Dr. A. Beynon (Radboud MC), Dr. H. van Rijn
Partially funded by Cochlear Europe Ltd., Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, Doorhout Mees Foundation, Stichting Steun Gehoorgestoorde Kind, GSMS.

Musical experience, quality of life and speech intelligibility in normal hearing and cochlear-implant recipients
PhD student: C.D. Fuller, Co-supervisors: dr. R.H. Free, ir. A. Maat
Collaborators: Dr. E. Gaudrain, Drs. J. Galvin III
Partially funded by Advanced Bionics, Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, Heinsius Houbolt Foundation.

Single- and multi-channel pattern perception in electric hearing
Researcher: Drs. J. J. Galvin III
Partially funded by VIDI grant and Rosalind Franklin Fellowship (PI: Başkent). NIH grants, PI: Prof. Qian-Jie Fu.

Interference from music, speech, and noise in middle age
Master Student: S. van Engelshoven, Collaborator: Drs. J. J. Galvin III
Partially funded by VIDI grant and Rosalind Franklin Fellowship.

Audiovisual integration in young and elderly listeners
Audiologist in training. ir. M. Stawicki, Collaborator: Dr. Piotr Majdak
Partially funded by VIDI grant and Rosalind Franklin Fellowship.

Perceptual learning of interrupted speech
PhD student: M.R. Benard
Funded by VIDI grant (NWO) and Rosalind Franklin Fellowship

Behavioral diagnosis of tinnitus
Researcher: Dr. K. Boyen, Project leader: Prof. P. van Dijk
Funded by Action in Hearing Loss.