My research attempts to understand how the human ear and the brain work together to understand and react to sounds present in the environment. I’m particularly interested in how this communication changes when the ear is damaged, and how to develop technologies that lead to better hearing assistance or enhancement. Primarily, I use electrophysiology, behavioral studies, and computational methods to meet these ends.
Currently I focus my research on two topics: (1) tinnitus, how to measure it, its relationship to attention, and why it develops when hearing is damaged, and (2) the relationship of mild noise exposure to hearing damage that goes clinically undetected but produces hearing difficulties in challenging listening circumstances. I am also interested in how a normal-hearing brain predicts what it is about to hear through the dimension of time.
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Speech Therapy and Audiology at the University of Montreal, funded by a grant from the American Tinnitus Association. I am affiliated with the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS). I hold a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour from McMaster University, and a M.A. in Speech in Hearing Science and B.Mus in Music Theory from The Ohio State University.
I am an Associate Member of the Acoustical Society of America and The Association for Research in Otolaryngology.