Michael J. Epstein
Associate Professor
Department: Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Office: 112 Forsyth Building
 
Résumé/CV

Email: m.epstein@neu.edu

 
 
Education:
B.S., Electrical Engineering - Binghamton University
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering - Northeastern University

Research: Intersection of psychoacoustics and physiology

Scholarly Interests
Psychoacoustics
Loudness
Otoacoustic Emissions
Binaural Hearing
Auditory Physiology

Bio
Dr. Epstein directs the Auditory Modeling and Processing Laboratory (AMPLab). He leads research that seeks to build bridges between the understandings of physiological and psychological auditory processing and perception.

Funding
NIH R03 2009-present
Capita Foundation 2008-9

Publications
Kong, Y-Y, Mullangi, A., Marozeau, J., and Epstein, M. (2011) “Temporal and Spectral Cues for Musical Timbre Perception in Electric Hearing,” Ear and Hearing 54(3):981-94.

Epstein, M., Marozeau, J., and Cleveland, S. (2010) “Listening Habits of iPod Users,” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 53(6):1472-7.

*Silva, I. and Epstein, M. (2010) “Estimating loudness growth from tone-burst evoked responses,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 127, 3629-42.

Epstein, M. and Silva, I. (2009) "Analysis of parameters for the estimation of loudness from tone-burst otoacoustic emissions," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 125(6):3855-64. 

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2009) "Binaural Loudness Summation for Speech and Tones Presented via Earphones and Loudspeakers," Ear and Hearing 30(2), 234-237. 

Marozeau, J. and Epstein, M. (2008) "Induced Loudness Reduction as function of frequency difference between test tone and inducer," Perception and Psychophysics 70(4), 725-731. 

Epstein, M. (2007) "An introduction to induced loudness reduction," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122 (3), EL74-80. 

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) "Reaction time to 1- and 4-kHz tones as a function of sensation level in normal listeners," Ear Hear. 27(4):424-429. 

Epstein, M., and Gifford, E. (2006). "A potential carry-over effect in the measurement of induced loudness reduction," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 120, 305-309. 

Marozeau, J., Epstein, M., Florentine, M., and Daley, B. (2006). "A test of the Binaural Equal-Loudness-Ratio Hypothesis for tones," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 120, 3870-3877. 

Epstein, M., and Florentine, M. (2006). "Loudness of brief tones measured by magnitude estimation and loudness matching," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 119, 1943-1945.

Epstein, M., and Florentine, M. (2005). "A test of the Equal-Loudness-Ratio hypothesis using cross-modality matching functions," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 118, 907 - 913.

Epstein, M., and Florentine, M. (2005). "Inferring basilar-membrane motion from tone-burst otoacoustic emissions and psychoacoustic measurements," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 117, 263-274.

Epstein, M., Buus, S., and Florentine, M. (2004). "The effects of window delay, delinearization, and frequency on tone-burst otoacoustic emission input/output measurements," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 116, 1160-1167.

Epstein, M., Marozeau, J., and Cleveland, S. (2010) "Listening Habits of iPod Users," Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 53(6):1472-7.

Silva, I. and Epstein, M. (2010) "Estimation of loudness growth through tone-burst auditory brainstem responses," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 127, 3629-42.

Book Chapters
Epstein, M. (2010) “Correlates of Loudness,” Springer Handbook of Auditory Research: Loudness, ed. M. Florentine, Arthur Popper and Richard Fay (Springer).

Epstein, M. and Marozeau, J. (2010) “Loudness and Intensity Coding,” The Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science, ed.C. Plack (Oxford University Press), pp 45-69. (This 3-volume book series was the winner of the George Davey Howells Prize for 2010, for most distinguished published contribution to the advancement of Otalaryngology, presented by the Royal Society of Medicine)


Conference Presentations and Publications
Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2011) “Ecological Loudness: Binaural Loudness Summation and Binaural Loudness Constancy,” American Auditory Society. Scottsdale, Arizona.

Darrow, K., Shaheen, L., and Epstein, M. (2011) “Does MOC Reflex Strength Predict DPOAE Changes After Noise Exposure?,” American Auditory Society. Scottsdale, Arizona.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2010) “Ecological loudness: Binaural loudness constancy,” 20th International Congress on Acoustics. Sydney, Australia.

*Shaheen, L., Epstein, M., *Silva, I (2010) “Frequency shifts in chirp-evoked otoacoustic emissions as a function of level,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 127, 1987.

Kong, Y.-Y, *Tanzman, P., Marozeau, J., and Epstein, M. (2009) “Analysis of Perceptual Dimensions for Musical Timbre in Cochlear-Implant Users,” American Auditory Society.

Epstein, M. and Marozeau, J. (2008) "The effects of induced loudness reduction on tone-burst otoacoustic emissions," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Invited talk.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2008) "Binaural loudness summation in and out of the laboratory," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Invited talk.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2008) "A New Phenomenon: Binaural Loudness Constancy," Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Silva, I. and Epstein, M. (2007) "Clinical Use of Auditory Brainstem Response to Assess Loudness Growth," Am. Speech-Lang. Hear. Assoc., Boston, MA.

North, M., Sullivan, J., and Epstein, M. (2007) "Effective Approaches to Accent Modification: Research, Design, & Implementation," Am. Speech-Lang. Hear. Assoc., Boston, MA.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2007) "Binaural loudness summation and binaural loudness constancy," Binaural Bash, Boston, MA.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) "Induced loudness reduction," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 120, 3246. Invited talk.

Marozeau, J., Epstein, M., Florentine, M., and Ioffe, S. (2006). "Loudness reduction caused by a tone at a different frequency, " Am. Speech-Lang. Hear. Assoc., Miami, Fl.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2006) "Why classroom demonstrations of binaural loudness summation fail," Proc. IHCON Int. Hearing Aid Res. Conf.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2006) "To honor Stevens and repeal his law (for the auditory system)," International Society for Psychophysics. Invited talk. 

Epstein, M., Marozeau, J., Florentine, M. (2006) "Basilar-membrane activitiy and loudness," International Society for Psychophysics. 

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) "Reexamining loudness at and near threshold," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 119, 3292. Invited talk. 

Marozeau, J., Epstein, M., Florentine, M. (2006) "Induced loudness reduction as a function of frequency separation," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 119, 3266.

Marozeau, J., Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Daley, B. (2006): "Testing the Binaural Equal-Loudness-Ratio Hypothesis using Cross-modality Matching," Am. Aud. Soc.

Marozeau, J., Florentine, M., and Epstein, M. (2006) "New method for deriving loudness functions from binaural level difference for equal loudness," Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) "The effect of frequency on reaction time for listeners with normal hearing," Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2005) "Tone-burst otoacoustic emissions and loudness," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 117, 2454.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2005) "Basilar-membrane motion inferred from otoacoustic emissions and psychoacoustic measurements," Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. Abs., 50.

Epstein, M., Buus, S, and Florentine, M. (2004) "Can tone-burst otoacoustic emissions be used to measure basilar-membrane response in humans?" J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 115, 2499.

Epstein, M., Buus, S., and Florentine, M. (2002) "Measuring loudness of short and long tones using magnitude estimation," Proc. 2nd Int. Hearing Aid Res. Conf., 46.

Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Buus, S. (2002) "Using cross-modality matching to test the Equal-Loudness-Ratio hypothesis: Loudness of short and long tones," Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. Abs., 178.

Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Buus, S. (2001) "Loudness functions for long and short tones," In: E. Sommerfeld, R. Kompass and T. Lachmann (Ed.) Fechner Day 2001, Pabst, Berlin, 361-366. 

Epstein, M., Florentine, M., and Buus, S. (2001) "Measuring loudness of long and short tones using magnitude estimation," In: E. Sommerfeld, R. Kompass and T. Lachmann (Ed.) Fechner Day, Pabst, Berlin, 231-235. 

Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Buus, S. (2001) "Loudness functions for long and short tones," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 109, 2349.

 
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