Background and overall aims:

Cochlear implantation is routine in people with substantial residual hearing and although stimulation via a cochlear implant and residual hearing (electroacoustic stimulation) in the same ear has been shown to improve speech understanding almost nothing is known about the physiological mechanisms underlying these benefits. The broad aim of our project is to address this deficiency by measuring the patterns of neural activity evoked by speech sounds across the tonotopic axis in the inferior colliculus and auditory cortex and assess the extent to which the pattern of neural activity allows discrimination between the different speech sounds.

General methods to be used in the project:

Electrical Stimulation, Electrophysiology, Behavior

Suitable background of students:

Neuroscience / Engineering

Supervisor: A/Prof James Fallon

For all student enquiries email: [email protected]