Page ContentOverviewThe goal of our research is to understand how children and adults perceive sounds, and apply our findings toward the development of tools that improve the ability of listeners with hearing loss to understand speech.Research in the Auditory and Perception (AMP) lab aims to describe how amplification affects the perception of sound by using hearing-aid amplification to better understand the mechanisms that contribute to auditory perception. The results from our research will help to maximize outcomes for children and adults with hearing loss.Speech recognition is a complex process that depends on many factors. The framework for our research is to increase our understanding of the influence of hearing-aid amplification on measures of temporal and spectral resolution. This information will increase our understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to auditory perception. By gaining an understanding on the influence of amplification on measures of temporal and spectral resolution, we can then start to modify prescriptive procedures to incorporate these measures, potentially leading to improved speech recognition.FacilitiesThe AMP lab is located at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. The facilities include a double-walled sound treated audiometric test booth with a hearing-aid verification system, multiple speakers, and other equipment for stimuli playback and control.StaffThe lab is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Alex Baker, B.S., is a research assistant in charge of operating the lab. Collaborators include Emily Buss, Ph.D., Ben Kirby, Ph.D., Walt Jesteadt, Ph.D., Dawna Lewis, Ph.D., and Ryan McCreery, Ph.D.