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 have been a resident of Iowa City for several years now, and while I love to travel, I always find myself eager to get back home. There are few places that offer big-city features like theatre, fine dining, and stellar educational opportunities while at the same time making you feel like a member of a close-knit community. I love that I can walk into Prairie Lights Bookstore and be greeted by name, even with Iowa City being the only UNESCO City of Literature in the U.S. (and one of only 6 in the world).”