A partial hearing animal model for chronic electro-acoustic stimulation
S Irving, AK Wise, RE Millard, RK Shepherd, JB Fallon
JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2014
OBJECTIVE: Cochlear implants (CIs) have provided some auditory function to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Although traditionally carried out only in profoundly deaf patients, the eligibility criteria for implantation have recently been relaxed to include many partially-deaf patients with useful levels of hearing. These patients receive both electrical stimulation from their implant and acoustic stimulation via their residual hearing (electro-acoustic stimulation; EAS) and perform very well. It is unclear how EAS improves speech perception over electrical stimulation alone, and little evidence exists about the nature of the interactions between electric and acoustic stimuli..View full abstract
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We would like to thank Ms H Feng for electrode fabrication, Ms N Critch, A Morley and A Neil for animal care and Dr S Peirce for veterinary advice. This work was funded by the NHMRC, NIH Contract HHS-N-263-2007-00053-C and Cochlear Ltd. The Bionics Institute acknowledges the support it receives from the Victorian Government via its Operational Infrastructure Support Scheme.