Christopher W Turner, PhD

christopher-turner
Communication Sciences & Disorders, Otolaryngology
Professor
Summary statement: 

Auditory perception and hearing loss

Office phone: 
(319) 335-8721
Office number: 
121B
Office building: 
SHC

Our laboratory is working on the topic of speech perception by normal and hearing-impaired listeners. This work also involves basic psychophysical capabilities of normal and impaired listeners. In addition to the theoretical contributions of this work, we also see applications in the design of a new generation of hearing aids and cochlear implants as well as improved speech recognition by machines. Our goals are to identify the types of speech cues that are (mis) perceived by hearing-impaired listeners, as well as to design digital signal processing algorithms to assist their communication abilities.

We have also participated in studies of the human auditory cortex.

“I am from Taiwan, which means in addition to learning neuroscience, I also need to learn the language and culture of the United States. Iowa, especially the neuroscience program, provides me with an extremely friendly environment in which to learn. People in the program are warm, open-minded, and very willing to help me with my language questions, culture shock, homesickness, etc. In Taiwan, we say, “When you are home, you rely on your family; when you are not home, you rely on your friends. ” I made many friends in Iowa. In school, we help each other with classes and research. After school, we go out together, play sports together, and every once in a while, travel together (to nearby big cities and to conferences). Pursuing a Ph.D. degree is a long and difficult process. I am so glad that I came to Iowa for my degree because my friends and advisers here have been the always, most immediate, and most helpful support to me.”