Binaural Bash

The Binaural Bash is a two-day, low-key, scientific and social event with the goal of creating an informal and uninhibited interchange among a group of people to discuss issues related to binaural hearing research.

BASH 2023

Following successful meetings in 2020, 2021, and 2022, the 4th Joint Conference on Binaural And Spatial Hearing (BASH) 2023 took place on November 2nd-3rd. Showcasing provocative research, puzzling results, and work in progress, BASH adopted a hybrid format where experienced and junior scientists converged from all over the globe.

With an in-person “BASH base” at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, approximately 200 scholars (onsite and remote combined) came together for this annual event. See the 2023 conference program here:


For more information about BASH, visit the conference website here:

History of the Binaural Bash

Steven Colburn, founding director of the Hearing Research Center, started meeting with colleagues in the area of binaural hearing research over 20 years ago to discuss research ideas in an informal setting with a roundtable discussion structure. The meetings became annual and have continued to grow as more researchers, faculty, and students became interested in discussing research ideas and hearing about what areas are being investigated in the binaural hearing field. The annual meeting was termed the Binaural Bash because the creators saw it less as a formal conference and more as a casual setting for friends and colleagues to share research ideas and problems. In 2020, when an in-person meeting was not possible, members of the Hearing Research Center teamed up with colleagues from around the world (Boston, Oldenburg, Sydney) for the First Annual Joint Conference on Binaural and Spatial Hearing (BASH), which was held online.