Eric D. Young, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery



Postdoc, Univ. of Chicago, 1975
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1972
BS, California Institute of Technology, 1967

Research Interests

Hearing impairment resulting from sound exposure, environmental toxins, or genetic defects is a disabling condition that affects millions of people. I have worked to improve the understanding of common types of hearing impairment by investigating how the impairment affects neural information processing in the auditory system. In one approach, we are designing signal processing algorithms to restore normal neural representations of sounds in the auditory nerve. In a second, we are studying the secondary changes in neural processing which occur in the brain after damage to the auditory input. Both efforts have direct application to auditory prosthesis.

Selected Publications

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Slee, S.J. and Young, E.D. Linear processing of interaural level difference underlies spatial tuning in the nucleus of the brachium of the inferior colliculus. J. Neuroscience 33:3891-904 (2013).

Yu, J.J. and Young, E.D. Frequency response areas in the inferior colliculus: nonlinearity and binaural interaction. Front. Neural Circuits 7:90 (2013).

Kanold, P.O., Davis, K.A., and Young.E.D. Somatosensory context alters auditory responses in the cochlear nucleus. J. Neurophysiol. 105:1063-1070 (2011).

Nelson, P.C. and Young, E.D. Neural correlates of context-dependent perceptual enhancement in the inferior colliculus. J. Neuroscience 30:6577-87 (2010).

Cai, S., Ma W-L. D., and Young, E.D. Encoding intensity in ventral cochlear nucleus following acoustic trauma: Implications for loudness recruitment. JARO 10:5-22 (2009).

Young, E.D. and Sachs, M.B. Auditory nerve inputs to cochlear nucleus neurons studied with cross-correlation. Neuroscience 154:127-138 (2008).

Chase, S.M. and Young, E.D. First-spike latency information in single neurons increases when referenced to population onset. PNAS 104:5175-80 (2007).