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In the Auditory Implant Lab, we investigate electric hearing with cochlear implants (CIs), compared to normal acoustic hearing.
The long-term goal of our research is to enhance the performance of CI patients in speech recognition in noise, music perception, and lexical tone recognition. To this end, we currently focus on the basic mechanisms of pitch perception in both acoustic and electric hearing, and use such knowledge to better encode spectral and temporal pitch cues with CIs. Our research involves speech and music perception using clinical CI processors and acoustic CI simulations, psychophysical and physiological measurements using CI research interface, and computational modeling of electric stimulation with CIs.