AG Bell 2018 Research Symposium

“The Binaural Brain: How it Perceives Language and Challenges to Auditory Processing” was presented June 30, 2018 as part of the 2018 AG Bell Convention. Researchers continue to make important discoveries about how the brain perceives and utilizes spoken language. During the Symposium, translational research was presented about language and the brain, with findings that lead to predictive strategies to help ensure that interventions are optimized to maximize access to hearing through technology and improved perception of speech and other sounds. Presenters shared their findings and application of their work in daily practice with children and adults. 

AG Bell has received grant support for its research symposia from the National Institutes of Health since 2000 to feature esteemed scientists in the field of hearing health research and auditory science. The 2018 Research Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health.

Presentations and Proceedings

AG Bell 2018 Research Symposium


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Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials Indicate Speech Feature Detection and Discrimination

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How Much Can My Baby Hear? Quantifying Speech Audibility for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Dr. McCreery’s research focuses on a better understanding of the processes that support speech understanding in background noise for children who are deaf and hard of hearing who wear hearing aids

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Voice Emotion Communication by Children and Adults with Cochlear Implants

Dr. Chatterjee’s research investigates which factors determine how both populations perceive and communicate vocal emotion in speech.

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Listening with Two Different Ears

Dr. Aronoff’s research concentrates on the benefits and limitations of bilateral cochlear implants and how extended use of bilateral cochlear implants alters the auditory system, minimizing but not eliminating these limitations.

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Hearing with Two Ears: Coordinating Cochlear Implants for Binaural Hearing

Dr. Goupell’s research investigates across-ear distortions created by hearing aids and cochlear implants and ways to improve upon existing technology to remove the distortions

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The 2018 Research Symposium was moderated by Tilak Ratnanather, D.Phil., and Peter R. Steyger, Ph.D. AG Bell appreciates the ongoing commitment of Dr. Ratnanather and Dr. Steyger for their continued work in supporting AG Bell symposia.

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