Welcome to the Human Auditory Development Lab

The Human Auditory Development Lab (HADL) is located on the 2nd floor of Bondurant Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We study auditory development, and are particularly interested in understanding how infants and children hear and process target sounds in the presence of competing background sounds.

Infants and children must learn about speech and other important sounds in natural acoustic environments. These environments are usually noisy. There are several gaps in our understanding about the factors that influence how well children hear in noisy environments, including specific challenges faced by children who are hard of hearing.

We use behavioral measures to assess hearing in the laboratory. Some of our studies are focused on obtaining normative data from infants and children. Other studies are aimed at understanding how hearing loss influences the development of complex auditory skills. The results of our studies will improve our understanding of how hearing develops. Our results may also lead to enhancements in how sounds are delivered to infants and children who are hard of hearing.

We collaborate with faculty members and student from the Departments of Allied Health Sciences and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and researchers from Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

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