Prof Colette McKay
In 2005 Colette took up a position as Chair in Auditory Sciences at Aston University in the UK, where she launched the auditory research program as well as developing and implementing an undergraduate degree in Audiology. From 2007 she was appointed Chair in Applied Hearing Research at the University of Manchester, UK, where she led the Audiology and Deafness Research Group, and was Director of Research for the School of Psychophysical Sciences. In 2009 she was awarded the Thomas Simm Littler prize for contributions to auditory research by the British Society of Audiology.
In 2013, Colette returned to Melbourne with the assistance of a Victorian State Government Senior veski Innovation Fellowship, to take up the role of Leader in Translational Hearing Research at the Bionics Institute. Colette currently holds honorary professorial fellowships at the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne Departments of Otolaryngology and Medical Bionics.
Research fields of interest
Cochlear Implants – psychophysics, speech understanding, and signal processing
Auditory Brainstem and Midbrain Implants – psychophysics and improved fitting and signal processing
Auditory Neuroscience – EEG and imaging methods to characterise individual differences in neural function
Modelling of temporal processing in the auditory system – application to signal processing
Deep Brain Stimulation – optimisation of stimulation parameters and fitting techniques
Understanding the effect of brain plasticity on cochlear implant outcomes in adults using a novel brain imaging technique called functional near infra-red spectroscopy (fNIRS).
Understanding the effects of deafness and hearing device use on language development in infants and children using fNIRS.
Novel methods using EEG and fNIRS to fit hearing devices to infants, and verify their effectiveness.
Novel signal processing techniques to improve speech understanding with cochlear implants.
Improved outcomes for auditory brainstem implant (ABI) patients. This project aims to optimise outcomes of patients with an ABI by understanding how the auditory system processes stimuli applied to the brainstem. Patients are undergoing a series of psychophysical and speech perception studies. This project is in collaboration with MRC-CBU in Cambridge, UK.
Development of Auditory Midbrain Implants. This project aims to evaluate a new type of auditory implant that stimulates the Inferior Colliculus in the midbrain. It is a collaboration between team members in University Hospital Hannover (Germany), University of Minnesota (USA), Cochlear Ltd, and Professor McKay at the Bionics Institute.
Deep brain stimulation: Optimising patient outcomes.
- Brochier, T., C. McKay, and H. McDermott. 2018. Encoding speech in cochlear implants using simultaneous amplitude and rate modulation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 144(4): 2042-2051. doi: 1121/1.5055989.
- Mao, D., H. Innes-Brown, M. A. Petoe, Y. T. Wong, and C. M. McKay. 2018. Cortical auditory evoked potential time-frequency growth functions for fully objective hearing threshold estimation. Hearing Research. 370: 74-83. doi: 1016/j.heares.2018.09.006.
- Peng, F., H. Innes-Brown, C. M. McKay, J. Fallon, Y. Zhou, X. Wang, N. Hu, and W. Hou. 2018. Temporal Coding of Voice Pitch Contours in Mandarin Tones. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. 12(55). doi: 3389/fncir.2018.00055. Full Text
- Zhou, X., A. K. Seghouane, A. Shah, H. Innes-Brown, W. Cross, R. Litovsky, and C. M. McKay. 2018. Cortical Speech Processing in Postlingually Deaf Adult Cochlear Implant Users, as Revealed by Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Trends in Hearing. 22: 2331216518786850. doi: 1177/2331216518786850. Full Text
- McKay, C. M., N. Rickard, and K. Henshall. 2018. Intensity Discrimination and Speech Recognition of Cochlear Implant Users. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1007/s10162-018-0675-7. View-only version
- Weder, S., X. Zhou, M. Shoushtarian, H. Innes-Brown, and C. McKay. 2018. Cortical Processing Related to Intensity of a Modulated Noise Stimulus-a Functional Near-Infrared Study. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 1007/s10162-018-0661-0. Full Text
- Azadpour, M., C. M. McKay, and M. A. Svirsky. 2018. Effect of Pulse Rate on Loudness Discrimination in Cochlear Implant Users. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 1007/s10162-018-0658-8.
- Brochier, T., C. McKay, and H. McDermott. 2018. Rate modulation detection thresholds for cochlear implant users. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 143(2): 1214 – 1222. doi: 1121/1.5025048.
- McKay, C. M., and N. Smale. 2017. The relation between ECAP measurements and the effect of rate on behavioral thresholds in cochlear implant users. Hearing Research. 346: 62-70.
- Brochier, T., H. J. McDermott, and C. M. McKay. 2017. The effect of presentation level and stimulation rate on speech perception and modulation detection for cochlear implant users. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 141(6): 4097.
Please see list of available student projects for projects supervised by Professor McKay.