Ruth Litovsky

Ruth Litovsky, PhD

PhD, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology

Contact Information:

Waisman Center
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
608.262.5045
litovsky@waisman.wisc.edu
Lab Website: Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab
Complete CV (PDF)

Research Statement

The research in my lab focuses on the ability of humans to function in complex auditory environments. Humans are typically faced with the challenge of interpreting sounds as they reach the ears, learning to ignore echoes and other irrelevant, distracting signals. Some common examples are classrooms, restaurants, playgrounds and "cocktail parties". In order to understand how the brain determines the location and the content of important sounds we study hearing in adults and in children with normal hearing, as well as individuals with impaired hearing. In particular, we focus on a unique population of people who are deaf and use cochlear implants. Our interest in is the potential benefits that arise when bilateral cochlear implants are provided.

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Representative Publications

Litovsky RY, Misurelli SM. (2016) Does Bilateral Experience Lead to Improved Spatial Unmasking of Speech in Children Who Use Bilateral Cochlear Implants?. Otology and Neurotology. 37(2):e35-42. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000905.

Winn MB, Litovsky RY. (2015) Using speech sounds to test functional spectral resolution in listeners with cochlear implants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. In Press.

Kan A, Jones HG, Litovsky RY. (2015) Effect of multi-electrode configuration on sensitivity to interaural timing differences in bilateral cochlear-implant users. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 138(6):3826-33. doi: 10.1121/1.4937754.

Zheng Y, Godar SP, Litovsky RY. (2015) Development of Sound Localization Strategies in Children with Bilateral Cochlear Implants. PLoS One. 19;10(8):e0135790. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135790.

Litovsky R. (2015) Development of the auditory system. Handbook of Clinical Neurology. 129:55-72. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-62630-1.00003-2.

Misurelli SM, Litovsky RY. (2015) Spatial release from masking in children with bilateral cochlear implants and with normal hearing: Effect of target-interferer similarity. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 138(1):319. doi: 10.1121/1.4922777.

Kan A, Litovsky RY. (2015) Binaural hearing with electrical stimulation. Hearing Research. 322:127-137. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2014.08.005.

Winn MB, Edwards JR, Litovsky RY. (2015) The Impact of Auditory Spectral Resolution on Listening Effort Revealed by Pupil Dilation. Ear and Hearing. In Press.

Brown AD, Jones HG, Kan AH, Thakkar T, Stecker GC, Goupell MJ, Litovsky RY. (2015) Evidence for a neural source of the precedence effect in sound localization. Journal of Neurophysiology. In Press.

Hossain S, Montazeri V, Assmann PF, Litovsky RY. (2015) Precedence based speech segregation in bilateral cochlear implant users. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 138(6):EL545-50. doi: 10.1121/1.4937906.

Goupell MJ, Litovsky RY. (2015) Sensitivity to interaural envelope correlation changes in bilateral cochlear-implant users. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 137(1):335. doi: 10.1121/1.4904491.

Churchill TH, Kan A, Goupell MJ, Litovsky RY. (2014) Spatial hearing benefits demonstrated with presentation of acoustic temporal fine structure cues in bilateral cochlear implant listeners. J Acoust Soc Am . Sep;136(3):1246. doi: 10.1121/1.4892764.

Hess C, Zettler-Greeley C, Godar SP, Ellis-Weismer S, Litovsky RY. (2014) The effect of differential listening experience on the development of expressive and receptive language in children with bilateral cochlear implants. Ear and Hearing. 35(4):387-95.

Goupell MJ, Kan A, Litovsky RY. (2013) Mapping procedures can produce non-centered auditory images in bilateral cochlear implantees. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 133(2):EL101-7.

Goupell MJ, Stoelb C, Kan A, Litovsky RY. (2013) Effect of mismatched place-of-stimulation on the salience of binaural cues in conditions that simulate bilateral cochlear-implant listening. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 133(4):2272-87.

Litovsky RY, Goupell MJ, Godar S, Grieco-Calub T, Jones GL, Garadat SN, Agrawal S, Kan A, Todd A, Hess C, Misurelli S. (2012) Studies on bilateral cochlear implants at the University of Wisconsin's Binaural Hearing and Speech Laboratory. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Jun;23(6):476-94.

Misurelli SM, Litovsky RY. (2012) Spatial release from masking in children with normal hearing and with bilateral cochlear implants: Effect of interferer asymmetry. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Jul;132(1):380-91.

Jones GL, Litovsky RY. (2011) A cocktail party model of spatial release from masking by both noise and speech interferers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Sep;130(3):1463-74.

Todd AE, Edwards JR, Litovsky RY. (2011) Production of contrast between sibilant fricatives by children with cochlear implants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Dec;130(6):3969-79.

Grieco-Calub TM, Saffran JR, Litovsky RY. (2009) Spoken word recognition in toddlers who use cochlear implants. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Dec;52(6):1390-400.

Litovsky RY, Johnstone PM, Godar SP. (2006) Benefits of bilateral cochlear implants and/or hearing aids in children. International Journal of Audiology. 45 Suppl 1:S78-91.