Cochlear researcher Abbie Kressner is researching virtual hearing environments for Cochlear users at Macquarie University.
Cochlear researcher Abbie Kressner is researching virtual hearing environments for Cochlear users at Macquarie University.

Cochlear researcher fine tunes virtual hearing environments at Macquarie

Researcher Abbie Kressner, from Atlanta, USA, has an international grant to study Cochlear implants in virtual hearing environments at Macquarie University.

While studying electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Abbie Kressner was invited to consider researching at a university in Australia by the National Science Foundation that funded her graduate studies.

For Abbie, a bioengineer in hearing, it was an opportunity to study with the internationally regarded National Acoustics Laboratories at Macquarie University and Cochlear. Both organisations are based at Macquarie’s renowned Hearing Hub.

Abbie has now been on campus for two months studying Cochlear Implants in virtual hearing environments supervised by Jorg Buchholz.  She explains that a virtual hearing environment is a booth which recreates virtually recreates busy public spaces such as a cafe, to study how Cochlear hearing performs in, “complex hearing environments.”

Off campus, Abbie lives in the beach suburb of Manly and has been exploring Sydney and beyond to experience Australia while she is here. While still a PhD student at Georgia Tech, Abbie is part of Macquarie’s research community until February 2015.

“Hearing is a small, international network and the Acoustic Laboratories is known around the world,” she says. “I’ve been able to immerse myself in hearing research so it is a great environment.”

Study a Master of Research which is an internationally recognised pathway to a PhD.

American students have a number of in country scholarships available and Macquarie has a generous international scholarship scheme.

PhD students can join a Cotutelle joint PhD program with Macquarie and a partner university.