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Ruth Y Litovsky, PhD

Contact Dr. Litovsky

E-mail:
litovsky@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone:
(608) 262-5045

Mail:
1500 HIGHLAND AVE
ROOM 521
MADISON, WI 53705-2274

Ruth Y Litovsky, PhD

Professor
Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Education

  • BS, Washington University in St. Louis, 1988
  • MS, Washington University in St. Louis, 1988
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1991

Research Interests

Dr. Litovsky’s translational research investigates cochlear implants, in particular with regard to the effect that bilateral cochlear implants have on the ability of patients to hear speech and localize sounds. Specifically, Dr. Litovsky’s lab studies emergence of spatial hearing abilities in young children, through longitudinal investigations. We study the ability of children to separate speech from competing sounds, and to identify source locations. Through various collaborations these studies also focus on language acquisition (with Jenny Saffran and Susan Ellis-Weismer) and phonological awareness (with Jan Edwards). Another line of research with adults focuses on how to improve performance with bilateral devices that are not designed to be synchronized. Thus we study binaural sensitivity using research processors, in the hope that a clinical binaural processor with a single digital signal processor can be implemented in the near future.

Recent Publications
  • Comparing sound localization deficits in bilateral cochlear-implant users and vocoder simulations with normal-hearing listeners.
    Jones H, Kan A, Litovsky RY
    Trends Hear 2014; 18():.
    [PubMed ID: 25385244]
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  • Investigating long-term effects of cochlear implantation in single-sided deafness: a best practice model for longitudinal assessment of spatial hearing abilities and tinnitus handicap.
    Gartrell BC, Jones HG, Kan A, Buhr-Lawler M, Gubbels SP, Litovsky RY
    Otol. Neurotol. 2014 Oct; 35(9):1525-32.
    [PubMed ID: 25158615]
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  • Binaural hearing with electrical stimulation.
    Kan A, Litovsky RY
    Hear. Res. 2014 Sep 2.
    [PubMed ID: 25193553]
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  • Spatial hearing benefits demonstrated with presentation of acoustic temporal fine structure cues in bilateral cochlear implant listeners.
    Churchill TH, Kan A, Goupell MJ, Litovsky RY
    J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2014 Sep; 136(3):1246.
    [PubMed ID: 25190398, PMC ID: 4165227]
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  • The effect of differential listening experience on the development of expressive and receptive language in children with bilateral cochlear implants.
    Hess C, Zettler-Greeley C, Godar SP, Ellis-Weismer S, Litovsky RY
    Ear Hear 2014 Jul-Aug; 35(4):387-95.
    [PubMed ID: 24496290, PMC ID: 4083502]
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  • Acoustical society of america R. Bruce lindsay award 2014: matthew j. Goupell.
    Litovsky RY, Hartmann WM
    J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2014 Apr; 135(4):2319.
    [PubMed ID: 25235698]
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  • Measurement of spectral resolution and listening effort in people with cochlear implants.
    Winn M, Litovsky RY, Edwards JR
    J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2014 Apr; 135(4):2390.
    [PubMed ID: 25235962]
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  • A "better ear" listening strategy for improving speech-in-noise understanding in bilateral cochlear implant users.
    Kan A, Litovsky RY
    J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2014 Apr; 135(4):2410.
    [PubMed ID: 25236044]
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  • Hearing better with interaural time differences and bilateral cochlear implants.
    Smith ZM, Kan A, Jones HG, Buhr-Lawler M, Godar SP, Litovsky RY
    J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2014 Apr; 135(4):2190.
    [PubMed ID: 25235196]
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  • The precedence effect: Exploring the build-up of echo thresholds in cochlear-implant listeners.
    Thakkar TD, Brown AD, Jones HG, Kan A, Litovsky RY
    J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2014 Apr; 135(4):2411.
    [PubMed ID: 25236048]
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