Research in the Allman Lab focuses on basic questions investigating how the cortex integrates information from more than one sense (e.g., sight and hearing), as well as on clinically-relevant questions as to how the cortex adapts to hearing loss and its perceptual implications. The Allman Lab investigates::
Simply by considering our own daily experiences, we become keenly aware that the processing of information from each of our senses does not occur solely in isolation; rather, our brains naturally merge information from our different senses to provide us with a more complete sensory experience.
Cortical Plasticity Following Hearing Loss
How does the brain adapt (or mal-adapt) when it is deprived one of its senses?
Tinnitus and Its Risk Factors
It is well known that excessive exposure to loud noise can result in permanent hearing loss. A common corollary to this noise-induced hearing loss is tinnitus, the subjective perception of a phantom sound which is often described as a “ringing in the ears.” For ~10% of the general population, tinnitus is a constant disturbance that can lead to sleep problems, difficulty concentrating and, in some cases, severe forms of depression, all of which can negatively affect one’s quality of life.
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