Scientists at the Rotman Research Institute are converging technologies in unique ways to understand how the brain processes speech and understanding and how our perception of sound changes as we age.
Our scientists are using different brain imaging techniques: Basic EEG recording allows us to measure how long it takes the subject’s brain to process different kinds of information. Using functional MRI adds another angle, helping us see what part of the person’s brain might be involved as he or she tries to understand speech in a noisy situation.
This understanding could help us develop modified hearing aids – and advice for older people to help them overcome the changes in auditory processing which occur with aging.
Auditory neuroscience experts at the Rotman Research Institute