Physiology and Modeling of Auditory Perception

The "Physiology and Modeling of Auditory Perception" group was created on 16 September, 2013 at the Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics at Oldenburg University in the framework of the Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4All".

Since 1 October, 2016, the former head of the group holds a professorship at Ghent University.

The group's project work is currently being continued in Oldenburg.

Research Focus

We focus on topics related to sound encoding in the normal and impaired auditory system. The approach is to probe the auditory system along its ascending pathway to understand what determines performance in psycho-acoustical tasks or speech perception. By combining physiological measures such as EEG and otoacoustic emissions with psychoacoustics and computational models, we can look at problems from different angles. This interdisciplinary approach is challenging, but very efficient and fun.  


04-05-16: We are hiring a Postdoc to work on the ERC starting grant project RobSpear.

02-05-16: We are hiring two PhD students to work on the ERC starting grant project RobSpear. 

16-01-16: Viacheslav Vasilkov (Post-Doc) joined the team to work on computational modeling of auditory evoked potentials

01-12-15: We'll be hiring PhD/PDs on the ERC project RobSpear : Robust Speech Encoding in Impaired Hearing over the summer 2016. Email for enquiries. Press Release and Article

28-07-15: The ABR model paper was accepted for publication! To appear in JASA in the Fall: "Functional modeling of the human auditory brainstem response to broadband stimulation".

17-07-15: Two conference papers of the group were presented at the international conference of sound and vibration and the international symposium of hearing. One more coming up at ISAAR in August.

13-06-15: We're hiring a modeler (PhD/PD) on the DFG SPP1608 project: The impact of hearing impairment on the source generators of auditory evoked potentials

13-06-15: Celebrating a successful Auditory Model Workshop! (press release)

27-05-15: Sarah was elected to serve on the Technical Committee of the Psychological and Physiological Acoustics Section of the Acoustical Society of America 

21-05-15: With less than a month to go, all 60 seats for the Auditory Model Workshop are taken

01-03-15: Join us for the Auditory Model Workshop in OL (12&13 June 2015)

09-02-15: Former Msc Student Raufer receives prestegious ERP Fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation

05-02-15: Article out: Individual differences reveal correlates of hidden hearing deficits

01-12-14: Article out: Effects of spontaneous otoacoustic emissions on pure-tone frequency difference limens

01-11-14: Article out: Transmission-line cochlear models: Improved accuracy and efficiency

01-02-14: Article out: Cochlear neuropathy and the coding of supra-threshold sound.

15-03-14: One of our Msc students got accepted to the Harvard Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology PhD program!

10-12-13: Our EEG amplifier arrived, ready for recording

Model Code

Verhulst et al. (2012): Nonlinear time-domain cochlear model for transient stimulation and human otoacoustic emission. Download



Prof. Dr. Sarah Verhulst                                                                                             

E-Mail :    sarah.verhulst(at)   
Phone :    +49 441 798-
Fax :       +49 441 798-
Office :    

Please note the new contact information:

Hearing Technology at WAVES
Dept. of Information Technology
Ghent University
iGent Tower,Technologiepark - Zwijnaarde 15
9052 Gent, BE
Tel. +32 9 33 14 844

or contact Imke Brumund on +49 441 798-3709 or imke.brumund(at) .


Viacheslav Vasilkov
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Dept. of Information Technology
Technology Campus, iGent, Technologiepark 15, 9052 Zwijnaarde (BE)
T secretariaat +32 9 264 33 21 / F +32 9 264 35 93

PhD Students

Markus Garrett                                                                                         

E-Mail :    markus.garrett(at)    
Phone :    +49 441 798-3588
Fax :       +49 441 798-3902
Office :    W30 1-107

Scientific / Student Assistants

Frauke Ernst (parental leave)                                                                                       

E-Mail :    frauke.ernst(at)    
Phone :    +49 441 798-
Fax :       +49 441 798-3902
Office :    

Graduated Students

Technical University of Denmark:
MSc Federica Bianchi (2012)
MSc Kristian Gøtsche-Rasmussen (2013)
MSc Roi Hansen (2014)

Oldenburg University:
MSc Patrycja Piktel (2014)
MSc Stefan Raufer (2014)
MSc Sabrina Pieper (2015)
MSc Markus Pelz (2016)


  • Oldenburg University: Post-Doc Amin Saremi: Comparison of Auditory Models
  • Technical University of Denmark (Prof. Santurette): Interactions between otoacoustic emissions and pitch perception (Hansen et al., 2014).
  • Harvard Medical School (Prof. Shera): Generator mechanisms of otoacoustic emissions and their applications to assessing hearing status (Verhulst et al., 2011a, 2011b, 2012; Verhulst and Shera, in press)
  • Boston University (Prof. Shinn-Cunningham): Modeling of experimental findings, and continued model development with Dr. Bharadwaj and G. Mehraei (Verhulst et al., in review).
  • Aalto University (Prof. Pulkki): Improved computation methods to solve auditory periphery models accurately and fast (Altoè et al., 2014).