Human Auditory Development Laboratory


We study auditory development, and are particularly interested in understanding how infants and children learn to hear and process target sounds such as speech in the presence of competing background sounds.

Infants and children must learn about speech and other important sounds in natural acoustic environments. These environments are usually noisy. There are several gaps in our understanding about the factors that influence how well children hear in noisy environments, and there are many things we do not yet know about the specific challenges faced by children who are hard of hearing.

We use behavioral measures to assess aspects of hearing and speech perception in the laboratory. Some of our studies are focused on obtaining normative data from infants and children. Other studies are aimed at understanding how hearing loss influences the development of complex auditory skills. The results of our studies will improve our understanding of how hearing develops. Our results may also lead to enhancements in how sounds are delivered to infants and children who are hard of hearing.

The Human Auditory Development Lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Boys Town National Research Hospital – East Campus. We collaborate with faculty scientists, audiologists and trainees at Boys Town National Research Hospital. We also work closely with researchers at other US institutions, including The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Case Western Reserve University. ​