Spatial Hearing Lab

In the Spatial Hearing Lab we study the effects of hostile listening environments on localization accuracy and speech understanding in noise. Our recent studies have examined

  • the impact of hearing protection devices on speech understanding in several levels of machine noise;
  • the implications of using personal listening devices on localization accuracy in quiet and in noise;
  • the impact of texting on localization accuracy;
  • the impact of different types of distractors on localization accuracy.

For more information about the work in this lab, contact Joan Besing, PhD ( or Janet Koehnke, PhD (