Dr. Bertrand Delgutte is Senior Scientist at Mass. Eye and Ear, where he focuses his research on how the auditory system processes biologically significant sounds, such as speech, with the goal of understanding the neural basis of auditory perception. He is interested in applying this knowledge to improve hearing aids and cochlear implants.
His research is motivated by the observation that hearing impaired listeners, deaf users of cochlear implants, and automatic speech recognition systems all have trouble understanding speech in noisy and reverberant settings, even if they do well in quiet. Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the good performance of normal hearing listeners in these everyday challenging conditions may suggest improvements in both assistive devices and artificial systems.
Dr. Delgutte is also investigating the developmental plasticity of binaural hearing in animal models of bilateral cochlear implants to determine whether appropriate stimulation can reverse the deficits in the perception of binaural cues observed in cochlear implant users, especially those with early-onset deafness.
Eaton Peabody Lab
243 Charles St
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