Introducing Dr. Trevor Agus

We’re excited to introduce the first of our guest speakers for the 1-Day Sound Wellbeing Event joining Tessa Ann from The Sound Healing Spa on Saturday 20 May.

Dr. Trevor Agus from Sonic Arts Research Centre – QUB will join Tessa for for a fun exploration into how and possibly why we hear sound the way we do.

Trevor is a hearing researcher , whose research work includes working with special populations (deaf participants and dyslexic participants). 

He has a passion for exploring how we hear sound and sound perception.

During our workshop on the day we will explore:

How we hear sound?  Sound perception:  How we hear and experience sound the way we do and some science behind it.

Trevor will chat with Tessa Ann about hearing and sound perception from his perspective of working as a hearing researcher.  

They will explore some of the science behind the hearing experiences often described by someone who listens to sound in a therapeutic or entertainment context.

Trevor will take us through the science behind why the body may react in a certain way when it hears a sound and how our hearing system works in different contexts.

About Trevor:

Trevor’s PhD projects include:

  • Adapting soundtracks automatically for listeners with hearing loss
  • The psychoacoustics of singing in tune (or close enough) 
  • Perceptually motivated dynamic-range compression for adverse listening conditions 
  • Recognising sounds in noisy conditions

Trevor’s research interests include:

  • Perception of sound — specifically, how we recognise what a sound is. Although this sounds like a trivial question, we don’t yet have good answers for it, and this is a limiting factor for our ability to work with sound, whether we are making music, programming a computer to respond to specific sounds, or designing hearing aids and other audioprostheses.
  • In collaborations, I work with special populations (deaf participants, dyslexic participants, and native speakers of different languages) to answer related questions, using both psychoacoustical techniques and neural imaging techniques, such as fMRI.

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