Shaum Bhagat, PhD

Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences 

Dr. Shaum Bhagat is a trained Audiologist and Hearing Scientist with extensive experience in conducting research and teaching students. Dr. Bhagat's research program is focused on understanding the quantitative basis of formative auditory experiences on human development. Topics investigated in Dr. Bhagat's research laboratory have provided significant insights into the effects of acoustic experiences and ototoxic medications on cochlear function and hearing. Dr. Bhagat has authored over 100 publications and research presentations, and his research has appeared in prestigious journals including The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Hearing Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the International Journal of Audiology.


  • Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders (Hearing Science), University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
  • B.A., Communications, Washington State University

Recent Publications

  • Bhagat, S.P. & Davis, A.M. (2008). Modification of otoacoustic emissions following ear-level exposure to MP3 player music. International Journal of Audiology, 47 (12), 751-760.

  • Bidelman, G.M., Nelms, C. & Bhagat, S.P. (2016). Musical experience sharpens human cochlear tuning. Hearing Research, 335, 40-46.

  • Bidelman, G.M., Schug, J.M., Jennings, S.G., & Bhagat, S.P. (2014). Psychophysical auditory filter estimates reveal sharper cochlear tuning in musicians. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(1), 33-39.

Recent Presentations

  • Bass, J.K., Bhagat, S.P., et al (2018). Auditory Outcomes in Patients Who Received Proton Radiotherapy for Craniopharyngioma. Poster presented to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference, Boston, MA.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • Grammy Foundation Grant
  • Turtle Beach Corporation-HyperSound Grant

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Auditory plasticity
  • Brain
  • Cochlea
  • Ecological acoustics
  • Hearing
  • Neuroethology

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