Skip to main content
Indiana University Bloomington

Yi Shen

Assistant Professor (Hearing Sciences)

Phone: 812 855 2272

Lab Website


B.Sc. Applied Physics, 2003, Beijing Institute of Technology
M.Sc. Engineering Acoustics, 2006, Technical University of Denmark
Ph.D. Hearing Science, 2010, Indiana University Bloomington
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2014, University of California, Irvine

Research Interests

My research sits at the interface of audiology, psychoacoustics, and computational neuroscience. The long-term goal of my research is to understand the listening difficulties experienced by hearing-impaired listeners.

It is known that people with hearing impairment usually exhibit large individual differences in benefit from assistive listening devices (e.g., hearing aids). Besides their differences in audibility, previous clinical studies have identified potential influences of central auditory processing and cognitive ability to speech understanding.

However, the mechanisms underlying these processes are not fully understood.

To offer a solution to this problem, my research aims:

  • to construct and systematically test auditory models that encapsulate peripheral, central, and cognitive processes; and
  • to enable the fitting of comprehensive auditory models to individual patients and consequently probe individual differences at various stages of processing.

Selected Publications

Shen, Y. (2014). "Gap detection and temporal modulation transfer function as behavioral estimates of auditory temporal acuity using band-limited stimuli in young and older adults," J. Speech Lang. Hear.
Res. 1-13.

Shen, Y., Sivakumar, R., and Richards, V. M. (2014). "Rapid estimation of high-parameter auditory-filter shapes," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 1857-1868.

Shen, Y. and Richards, V. M., (2012). “Investigating the auditory enhancement phenomenon using behavioral temporal masking patterns,” J.
Acoust. Soc. Am., 132, 3363-3374.

Shen, Y. and Richards, V. M., (2012). “A maximum-likelihood procedure for estimating psychometric functions: Thresholds, slopes, and lapses of attention,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 132, 957-967.

Shen, Y. and Richards, V. M., (2012). “Spectral processing of two concurrent harmonic complexes,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 131, 386-397.