The ability of humans to communicate using speech, language and hearing is one of the most important human behaviors. Speech and Hearing Science faculty at ASU's College of Health Solutions use state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication—speech, language and hearing—to advance our knowledge of this crucial behavior and to provide new ways to diagnose and treat those with communication disorders and diseases. Speech and Hearing Science research programs at Arizona State University are organized around three main themes:
- Auditory and Language Cognitive Neuroscience - Auditory cognitive neuroscience is the study of the neural processing of sound from the cochlea to the cortex. The study of auditory cognitive neuroscience within at ASU includes research about normal and impaired speech-production mechanisms normal and impaired auditory systems and prosthetic devices for hearing, especially the cochlear implant.
- Developmental and Educational Sciences - Developmental and early educational sciences research focuses on typically and atypically developing children in the age range of birth through eight years. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition and use of communication and language and how language develops in these maturing systems. Developmental and early educational sciences research is connected to the role communication and language plays in a child's education and everyday life, and the cognitive and educational challenges children face when disorders, disabilities or differences compromise language acquisition and use.
- Habilitative/Rehabilitative Sciences - Habilitative/rehabilitative sciences in speech, language and hearing investigates communication disorders and diseases in order to discover new techniques to assist those who are challenged in their ability to speak, hear or use language. Research in the areas of habilitative/rehabilitative sciences involves a close cooperation between various speech and hearing research laboratories and the state-of-the-art clinics in ASU's College of Health Solutions, as well as several facilities in the greater Phoenix area and beyond.