The Cognitive Hearing Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University opens in January 2021! We’re still working on building our website, so please visit soon to see new content.
Although our brains have tens of billions of neurons, the most important and meaningful signals for many people—the voice of a loved one, a favourite song—pass through a bank of only 3,500 sensory cells inside the ear. Some of these cells are inevitably lost during aging, but abuse of our ears through noise exposure and other trauma will accelerate this process. We now understand that the loss of hearing can drastically change how a person chooses to live their life, and particularly affects thinking, remembering, and communication.
Our primary goal is to understand the relationship between hearing function, cognitive function, and overall social and emotional well-being. At the end, we want to instantiate change that gives people the option to have a healthy and fulfilling life using an evidence-based and hearing-focused approach.