The Neural Engineering Group within the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering invites applications for a PhD student position with specific signal processing skills and an interest in neural engineering. A scholarship is available.
This project aims to further develop neural objective measures of speech perception in CI users. Such measures may be employed to optimize or streamline the fitting process and would be particularly useful in a paediatric population. In addition, a neural metric which predicts speech perception outcome before the CI user has fully adjusted to a new speech processing strategy (a process that can take months) would be extremely beneficial to the audiologist. It would allow the audiologist to optimize the speech processing strategy in a timely manner and identify users who may need extra rehabilitation at an early stage.
The specific objective of this project is to measure cortical response to complex stimuli, which probe a CI user’s spectral and temporal processing capabilities and thus, develop a range of metrics which correlate with speech perception.