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10:00 - 11:00 10 June 2016

Do some individual differences in human abilities stem from cochlear synaptopathy?


Main Seminar Room (G33) | UCL Ear Institute (link Map)
332 Grays Inn Road | London | WC1X 8EE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

SPECIAL EAR INSTITUTE SEMINAR Speaker: Professor Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Boston University

Abstract: This talk reviews how we have begun to use individual differences to tease apart the processes that affect perception, with a particular focus on how listeners understand speech when there are competing sound sources. We find that individual subjects show consistent differences in their ability to understand speech amidst competing sounds. When fine differences in the sound content, such as small changes in location or pitch, are critical for a task, differences in sensory fidelity dominate disparities in individual ability. The constellation of measures that reflect these consistent differences suggests that cochlear synaptopathy is widespread, even amongst unsuspecting, young adult listeners.


Jennifer Linden