Our brain uses information from both of our ears to understand auditory information. Binaural hearing (two ears) helps us reliably locate sound sources, and understand speech in noisy environments.
At the Binaural Laboratory, we’re interested in how sound from both ears connects to the brain, and how we can apply this knowledge to help people who wear cochlear implants or hearing aids. Since having two ears is important for sound localization, we’re exploring ways to optimize spatial hearing for impaired listeners. Cochlear implants currently work independently. We’re developing technology and fitting routines that will allow the left and right cochlear implant to operate in a coordinated way and to give the wearer optimal binaural benefits.