Trevor Agus


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Research Interests

I am interested in the perception of sound -- specifically, how we recognise what a sound is. Although this sounds like a trivial question, we don't yet have good answers for it, and this is a limiting factor for our ability to work with sound, whether we are making music, programming a computer to respond to specific sounds, or designing hearing aids and other audioprostheses.

So far, I have shown (using psychoacoustical methods) that our perception of sounds changes rapidly with learning (Agus et al., 2010; 2013) and that our ability to rapidly recognise vocal sounds does not stem from any of their basic acoustical properties independently (Agus et al. 2012).

I have also measured young and elderly listeners' abilities to understand one person when two people are talking, and separated out components related to their ears and their brains. Despite the difficulties reported in more cognitively complex situations (Agus et al., 2008a), elderly listeners seem to be missing out primarily due to their ageing ears -- their auditory neural pathways seemed to be working fine (Agus et al. 2008b).

In collaborations, I work with special populations (deaf participants, dyslexic participants, and native speakers of different languages) to answer related questions, using both psychoacoustical techniques and neural imaging techniques, such as fMRI.


I teach technical and scientific aspects of working with sound and enjoy teaching these challenging topics to students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

My current portfolio of modules includes:

* Fundamentals of Sound (level 1)

* Acoustics and Perception (level 2)

* Psychology of Music (level 2)

* Digital Signal Processing (level 3--currently not running)

* Psychoacoustics (level 3--currently not running)


I also supervise individual projects for students with particularly keen interests that aren't met within the modules. These have ranged from a quantitative study comparing different music-therapy techniques to a review of recent developments in the design of electric guitars.

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Research Output 2009 2019

Auditory Threshold
Preschool Children
Task Performance and Analysis

Timbre Recognition and Source Identification

Agus, T., Suied, C. & Pressnitzer, D., 11 Jun 2019, (Accepted) Timbre: Acoustics, Perception, and Cognition. Siedenburg, K., Saitis, C., McAdams, S., Popper, A. & Fay, R. (eds.). Springer, p. 59-85 27 p. (Springer Handbook of Auditory Research; vol. 69).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Acoustic Cues

Adapting audio mixes for hearing impairments

Agus, T. & Corrigan, C., 15 Sep 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Acoustic waves
Hearing aids

Audio mixing for hearing-impaired ears: A literature review

Agus, T., 04 Sep 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Acoustic waves
Hearing aids
Frequency bands
2 Citations (Scopus)

Auditory memory for random time patterns

Kang, H., Agus, T. R. & Pressnitzer, D., 01 Oct 2017, In : The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 142, 4, p. 2219-2232 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2009 2017

  • 4 Publication peer-review
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Oral presentation

Adapting soundtracks for hearing-impaired listeners

Trevor Agus (Advisor)
04 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Nature Communications (Journal)

Trevor Agus (Peer reviewer)
17 Oct 201616 Feb 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Journal of Physiology (Paris) (Journal)

Trevor Agus (Peer reviewer)
11 Oct 201606 Feb 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Acta Acustica united with Acustica (Journal)

Trevor Agus (Peer reviewer)
01 Oct 201622 Dec 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Association for Research in Otolaryngology 38th Mid-Winter Meeting

Trevor Agus (Invited speaker)
23 Feb 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference