H. Steven Colburn, Ph.D.

photo of Dr. H. Steven Colburn

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Binaural Hearing Laboratory
Hearing Research Center

S.B., S.M., Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phone: (617) 353-4342; Fax: (617) 353-6766
Email: colburn@bu.edu
Office: ERB 414A; Office hours: By appointment

Research Interests

Dr. Colburn is particularly interested in the measurement and modeling of binaural hearing performance. Specific current topics include modeling the activity of auditory brainstem neurons and measurement and modeling of spatial attributes of sound perception, speech intelligibility in complex sound environments, and the effects of hearing impairments on binaural abilities.

Current Research

Dr. Colburn’s research involves the application of signal processing, statistical communication theory, and computational modeling to the study of hearing and hearing impairments.

Selected Recent Publications

Wang, L., and Colburn, H.S. “A modeling study of the Responses of the Lateral Superior Olive to Ipsilateral Sinusoidally Amplitude Modulated Tones” J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. (2011)

O’Gorman, D., Colburn, H.S., and Shera, C.A. “Auditory sensitivity may require dynamically unstable spike generators: Evidence from a model of electrical stimulation” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 128: EL300-EL305. (JASA Express Letters, 2010)

Wan, R., Durlach, N.I., and Colburn, H.S. “Modified EC Model Applied to Speech Intelligibility with Spatially Distributed Maskers” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 128: 3678-3690. (2010)

Xia, J., Brughera, A.R., Colburn, H.S., and Shinn-Cunningham, B.G. “Physiological and Psychophysical Modeling of the Precedence Effect” J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryn. 11: 495-513. (2010)

Zhou Y., and Colburn, H.S. “Effects of membrane afterhyperpolarization on discharge interval statistics: A model study of responses of lateral superior olive neurons to ipsilateral and bilateral acoustic stimuli” J. Neurophys. 103: 2355-2371. (2009)

Colburn, H.S., Chung, Y., Zhou, Y. and Brughera, A. “Models of Brainstem Responses to Bilateral Electrical Stimulation” J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryn. 10: 91-110. (2009)

Jennings, T.R., and Colburn, H.S. “Models of the Superior Olivary Complex” Chapter in Computational Models of the Auditory System (eds., R. Meddis and E. Lopez-Poveda), Volume in Springer Handbook on Auditory Research (series eds., A. Popper and R. Fay). Springer: New York. (2009)