Dept.: Professor, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences
Neuroscience Focus Groups:
People are living longer and thus the older proportion of the U.S. and global population is rapidly growing. According to the Census Bureau, the elderly populations will more than double by 2040 and there are dire predictions about the inability to meet the health and communication needs of our aging society. I am a clinician and a neuroscientist. With this background I am keenly aware of the communication difficulties described by aging adults and have developed a program of research aimed at improving the neural capacity to communicate. More specifically, we examine how aging and age-related hearing loss impacts the ability to perceive speech sounds and how the various types of interventions (hearing aids, cochlear implants, and auditory training) can be used to exploit neuroplastic properties of the human brain.