Auditory seminars

You are invited to the auditory seminars at the Otorhinolaryngology Department of University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen. Please see the schedule below. The talks are in English and take place at the

University Medical Center Groningen.

If you would like to sign up for the e-mail list and be updated on the upcoming talks, please send an e-mail to:

We gratefully acknowledge contributions from:
School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences
Cochlear – Cochlear implants
Advanced Bionics – Cochlear implants
MED-EL – Cochlear implants


To join one of the seminars, follow the link sent in the announcements for each seminar, and click on the “Join” button. You will be asked a password, which is also sent in the announcements.

To watch the seminar you will need to install a small component on your computer (or tablet), called “WebEx Meeting Center.” Although this is done automatically and only takes a few minutes, we advise you to do so some time before the beginning of the conference. To install the WebEx Meeting Center, go to, read and accept the terms and conditions, then go in the “Set Up” menu at the bottom left, and select “Meeting Center”. Note that there is a problem with Chrome on Mac OSX. It is advised to use another browser (Safari or Firefox), but if you must absolutely use Chrome, there is a fix here: Once the component is installed, you should be able to see the seminar from any computer. Do not forget that you will need loudspeakers or headphones. You will have the possibility to type questions in the chat area during or at the end of the talk.

On the day of the seminar, you will follow the link and use the password. Please be aware that by following this link and using this password you agree to not record the seminar and to not re-use the presented data without prior consent of the presenter.

Do not hesitate to contact Minke de Boer ( ) if anything is unclear, or if you encounter any problems.

Program (2017 – Present)

Program 2016

09 Sep 2016, Fri, 14:00
UMCG Onderwijscentrum, Lokaal 8
Prof. Jannis Hildebrandt
Dept. Neuroscience, University of Oldenburg
Multimodal Language and Cognition Group (Radboud), and Psycholinguistics (MPI)
“Functional consequences of age-related changes to inhibition in auditory cortex:  electrophysiological, behavioural and histological evidence”

25 OCTOBER 2016
SYMPOSIUM: The future of cochlear implantation: engaging top-down and bottom-up brain mechanisms
The symposium is organized to celebrate the three PhD defenses by Galvin, Fuller, and Pals, to be held on 24 and 26 October.

Location: Marie Lokezaal, Faculty of Arts
Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK Groningen
Chairs:  Dr. Rolien Free
Prof. Deniz Başkent

13.00     Opening remarks
13.10     prof. Astrid van Wieringen (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Cochlear implants in children with single sided deafness
13.30     prof. Mary Rudner (Linköping Univ, Sweden)
Auditory semantic illusions and their relation to cognition
13.50     dr. Monita Chatterjee (BTNRH, Omaha, USA)
Voice emotion communication by children with cochlear implants
14.10     drs. Carina Pals (UMCG, Netherlands)
Listening effort: what speech perception tests do not reveal
14.30     Break
14.45     prof. Christian Lorenzi (ENS, France)
Assessment of processing efficiency for elderly normal-  hearing and hearing-
impaired listeners via measures of temporal integration of AM cues
15.05     prof. Johan Frijns (Leiden UMC, Netherlands)
Improving cochlear implant performance: What can we learn from
modelling the periphery?
15.25     dr. John Galvin (UMCG, Netherlands)
Multi-channel psychophysics
15.45     Break
16.00     prof. Andy Faulkner (UCL, UK)
Pitch perception, production and links to language development in
primary school children with cochlear implants
16.20     prof. Qian-Jie Fu (UCLA, CA, USA)
Tone perception in cochlear implant users
16.40     prof. Bob Shannon (USC, CA, USA)
The role of ear and brain in hearing: Insights from auditory implants
17.00     drs. Christina Fuller (UMCG, Netherlands)
The effect of music on auditory perception in normal-hearing listeners
and cochlear-implant users
17.20     Concluding remarks (until 17.30)
18.30     Dinner (Noorderhaven 72 Groningen;

16 Nov 2016, Wed, 16:00 
UMCG KNO Colloquium, P3.210
Prof. Jordi Llorens
Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona
“Role of hair cell loss and synaptic uncoupling in vestibular dysfunction after ototoxic exposure”

Program 2015 – 2016

29 Jan 2016, Fri, 14:00
UMCG Onderwijscentrum, Lokaal 6
Prof. Aslı Özyürek
Multimodal Language and Cognition Group (Radboud), and Psycholinguistics (MPI)
“Giving speech a hand:  A multimodal view on language processing”

8 April 2016, Fri, 10:00
UMCG Room P2.246
Dr. Deborah Vickers
UCL Ear Institute, UK
“Singing training to nurture development of pitch perception and production in hearing impaired children”

12 May 2016, THURSDAY, 14:00
Traversezaal, UMCG (Z3)
Prof. Kevin Munro
University of Manchester, UK
“Experience-related changes in the adult human auditory system”

24 June 2016, Fri, 14:00
UMCG Onderwijscentrum Lokaal 8
Prof. Hannie Kremer
Radboud UMC Nijmegen
“The auditory system, a fine-tuned sensory system molecularly unraveled through deafness”

Program 2014-2015

2 Sep 2014, Tues, 13.30
Seminar room 3226-314, ERIBA building
Prof. Karen Steel
Recipient of the 2014 Guyot Prize
King’s College London, UK
“Clues to the causes of deafness from mouse mutants”

12 Sep 2014, Fri, 14.00
UMCG Onderwijscentrum, Lokaal 17
Dr. Alexis Hervais-Adelman
Functional Brain Mapping Lab
University of Geneva, Switzerland
“fMRI of simultaneous interpretation reveals the brain networks of extreme language control”

27 Nov 2014, Thurs, 14.00
UMCG, Panoramazaal
Dr. Sven van Neste
University of Texas, Dallas, USA
“Robbed of silence by tinnitus: How the brain as network is involved in tinnitus?”

23 Jan 2015, Fri, 14.00
UMCG Onderwijscentrum, Lokaal 17
Prof. Astrid van Wieringen
K.U. Leuven, Belgium
“What can we expect of normally-developing children implanted at a young age with respect to their auditory, linguistic and cognitive skills?”

17 Apr 2015, Fri, 14.00
UMCG Onderwijscentrum Lokaal 18
Prof. Tobias Moser
University of Goettingen Medical Center, Germany
“Sound Encoding: From Molecular Physiology to Optogenetic Prosthetics”

29 May 2015, Fri, 13:30
UMCG T4.103
Dr. Bob Carlyon
MRC Cambridge
“Biological Bases of Pitch Perception by Cochlear Implant Users”

Program 2013-2014

04/10/13, Fri, 14.00
P3.270, UMCG
Prof. Chris Plack, The University of Manchester, UK
Hidden Hearing Loss: A Major Public Health Issue?

08/11/13, Fri, 14.00
P3.270, UMCG
CANCELED — Dr. Jennifer Melcher, Harvard Medical School, USA
Tinnitus: A Problem of Ear and Brain

12/12/13, Thurs, 10:30
T4.103, UMCG
Prof. Tim Griffiths, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Disorders of Auditory Cognition

10/01/2014, Fri, 14:00
Room 8, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Prof. Geoffrey A. Manley, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Where our ears came from: Evolutionary paths to mammalian cochleae

17/01/14, Fri, 14:00
T4.103, UMCG
Dr. David Baguley, University of Cambridge, UK
Current Perspectives on Hyperacusis

07/03/14, Fri, 14:00
Room 15, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Prof. John Nerbonne,
reporting on joint work with Dr. Martijn Wieling and Dr. Eliza Margaretha
A Structuralist Contribution to Phonetic Quality
CLCG, Groningen & FRIAS, Freiburg

09/05/14, Fri, 14:00
Room 8, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Prof. Anne Cutler
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney
Vocabulary statistics influence how listeners listen

13/06/14, Fri, 14:00
P2.246, UMCG
Dr. Antje Heinrich, MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham, UK
The complex relationship between signal, environment and listener: What r-resonances can tell us about the listening strategies of young and old, native and non-native listeners for speech in noise.

23/06/14, Mon, 14:00
T4.103, UMCG
Prof. Andy Oxenham, University of Minnesota, USA
BONUS: The role of temporal envelope and fine structure in speech perception via acoustic and electric hearing

30/06/14, Mon, 14:00
Lokaal 18, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Dr. Tim Jürgens, Oldenburg
BONUS: A model of speech intelligibility in cochlear implant users

Program 2012-2013

18/09/12, Tues, 14.30
Lokaal 15, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Dr. Diane Lazard, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
Prediction of cochlear implant outcome in post-lingual deaf adults: From clinical factors to cerebral reorganization

25/09/12, Tues, 13.00
Colloquium KNO P3.210 UMCG
Dr. Bob Shannon, House Research Institute, USA
BONUS: New developments in Auditory Brainstem Implants

Dr. Lendra Friesen, University of Toronto, Canada
BONUS: CAEPs and cochlear implants

19/10/12, Fri, Time: 9:30-16:00 hrs
UMCG, Rode Zaal
Perceptual Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN-PCN) announces:
Groningen – Oldenburg Research Seminar

Dr. Steven van de Par, Oldenburg
Drs. Dirkjan Krijnders, INCAS3, Assen
Dr. Bernhard Laback, Vienna
Prof. Nomdo Jansonius, UMCG
Dr. Tjeerd Andringa, RUG
Prof. Christiane Thiel, Oldenburg
Prof. Hans-Gerd Nothwang, Oldenburg
Prof. Pim van Dijk, UMCG

23/11/12, Fri, 14.00
Lokaal 4, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Dr. Emmanuel Mylanus, UMC St. Radboud, Nijmegen
Does a second cochlear implant provide added value?

14/12/12, Fri, 14:00
Lokaal 15, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Prof. Anthony T. Cacace, Wayne State University, USA
Expanding the biological basis of tinnitus: A personal perspective on imaging tinnitus-related phenomena and treatments

08/01/13, Tue, 15:00
Lokaal 15, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Prof. Jan Wouters, Experimental Otorhinolaryngology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
BONUS: Enhanced temporal coding in auditory prostheses can lead to improved speech perception

11/01/13, Fri, 14:00
Lokaal 15, Onderwijscentrum UMCG
Dr. Dicky Gilbers, Linguistics, RUG
Structural similarities in language and music

01/02/13, Fri 14:00
Lokaal 18, Onderwijscentrum UMCG
Prof. David Moore, Institute in Hearing Research, Nottingham
Auditory processing and auditory attention: a rational to the diagnosis and management of auditory processing disorders

26/02/13, Tues 14:00
P2.246, UMCG
Dr. Christian Füllgrabe,  MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham, UK
BONUS: Speech perception across the adult lifespan with clinically normal hearing

15/03/13, Fri 14:00
Lokaal 18, Onderwijscentrum UMCG
Dr. med. Berthold Langguth, Tinnituszentrums Universität Regensburg, Germany
Neuroplastic changes in tinnitus: findings from neuroimaging and brain stimulation

19/04/13, Fri, 14:00
Lokaal 18, Onderwijscentrum UMCG
Dr. Ali Nachman, Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, USA
Retrocochlear hearing loss in infants: A Case Study of Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma

06/06/13, Thu, 10:00
Colloquium KNO P3.210 UMCG
CANCELLED — Dr. Gonca Sennaroglu, Hacettepe University,Turkey
To be announced

07/06/13, Fri, 14:00
Ruimte P2.246, Blauwe Patio UMCG
CANCELLED — Dr. Levent Sennaroglu, Hacettepe University, Turkey
To be announced

Program 2011-2012

19 Sep 2011 , 13:00
Corne Kros
University of Sussex
“BONUS: Aminoglycoside antibiotics and the hair cell mechanotransducer channel: opportunities for otoprotection”

07 Oct 2011, 14:00
Laurel Carney
University of Rochester
“Behavioral and physiological studies of amplitude-modulation detection”

24 Oct 2011, 14:00
John Middlebrooks
University of California, Irvine
“BONUS: Spatial hearing for complex auditory scenes”

10 Nov 2011, 14:00     
Steve Bierer
University of Washington
“BONUS: Finding a balance: Design and testing of a vestibular prosthesis based on cochlear implant technology”

11 Nov 2011, 14:00        
Julie Bierer
University of Washington
“Implications of cochlear implant electrode – neuron interfaces”

16 Dec 2011, 14:00   
Deborah Hall
University Nottingham
“Maximising patient benefit from tinnitus research”

13 Jan 2012, 14:00
Birger Kollmeier
Carl von Ossietzky- Univ. Oldenburg
“Processing limits in cocktail parties: Modeling sensory and cognitive aspects of speech intelligibility in complex listening environments for normal and hearing-impaired listeners”

09 Mar 2012, 14:00
Marlies Knipper
University of Tübingen
“BCN MASTER CLASS: Molecular aspects of tinnitus”

20 Apr 2012, 14:00    
Kate Gfeller
University of Iowa
“Cochlear implants and relations between music and speech recognition”

15 May 2012, 9:30
Etienne Gaudrain
MRC, Cambridge, UK
“BONUS: Temporal coherence in concurrent speech perception “

08 Jun 2012, 14:00    
Fatima Hussain
Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“BCN MASTER CLASS: Imaging noise: Research at the intersection of hearing, aging, and disorder”

11 Jun 2012, 10:00
Bill Woods
Starkey Hearing Research Center
“Assessing auditive and cognitive influences on speech reception in a complex scenario”

Program 2010-2011

7 Sep 2010, 14:00        
Jim Hudspeth
Rockefeller University, New York
“Tutorial workshop: Making an effort to listen”

22 Oct 2010, 14:00        
Ben Maassen
University of Groningen
“Auditory event-related potentials (AERPs): Studies in children at risk of dyslexia and speech disorders”

05 Nov 2010, 14:00
Folkert Seeba
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
“Perceptual restoration in birds and frogs”

19 Nov 2010, 14:00
Christine Köppl
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
“Evolution of the auditory efferent system in vertebrates”

14 Jan 2011, 14:30       
Wouter Dreschler
Amsterdam Medical Center
“Prevention of noise-induced hearing loss”

11 Mar 2011, 14:00   
Josef P. Rauschecker
Georgetown University Washington DC, USA
“Tutorial workshop: Limbic-auditory interactions in tinnitus”

01 Apr 2011, 14:00    
Richard Salvi
University of Buffalo, USA
“Phantom sound of tinnitus, hippocampal stem cells, memory & therapy”

2 May 2011, 16:00    
Monita Chatterjee
University of Maryland, USA
“BONUS SEMINAR: Voice pitch processing with cochlear implants: Prosody and more”

06 May 2011, 14:00    
Russ Snyder
Univ. California, San Francisco, USA
“BONUS SEMINAR: Intraneural auditory prostheses: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”

13 May 2011, 14:00    
Chris Plack
The University of Manchester, Manchester UK
“Human pitch perception: New insights from psychophysics and neuroimaging”

10 Jun 2011, 14:00   
Lars Riecke
University of Maastricht
“Neural correlates of auditory continuity”

PROGRAM 2009-2010

17 Nov 2009, 15:00
Tibor Zelles
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
“Investigating cochlear function in vitro”

1 Mar 2010, 14:00        
Sophia Kramer
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
“Psychological, social and cognitive correlates of hearing impairment”

30 Mar 2010, 15:00
Jos Eggermont
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
“Neural correlates of hyperacusis”

22 Apr 2010, 10:30    
Aage Møller — CANCELLED
University of Texas, Dallas, USA
“Plascity disorders: Pathophysiology of tinnitus and central pain”

25 May 2010, 15:00
Kathy Pichora-Fuller
University of Toronto, Canada
“Auditory aging and speech processing: Differentiating sub-types of presbycusis”

24 June 2010, 10:30
Bob Shannon
House Ear Institute, USA
“Electric stimulation of the human cochlea, brainstem, and midbrain: Insights into ear-brain interactions”