Woolfolk Distinguished Lecture Series

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department presents the Woolfolk Distinguished Lecture Series

Presenting: René H. Gifford, PhD,  Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Title: Combined Electric and Binaural Acoustic Stimulation



Minimally traumatic surgical techniques and atraumatic electrodes have led to an increasing number of cochlear implant (CI) recipients with preserved acoustic hearing in the implanted ear allowing for combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS). Although we have learned a great deal about cochlear implantation with hearing preservation over the past two decades and the associated benefit for speech understanding and spatial hearing, we still have little empirical understanding about mechanistic factors driving this benefit and the clinical management of these CI recipients with binaural acoustic hearing. The latter point is one of critical importance given that all three FDA approved CI systems promote atraumatic electrodes for hearing preservation and each has integrated hearing aid circuitry within the implant sound processor. This talk will be broken into the following three themes: 1) explanation of auditory outcomes for CI users using combined EAS, 2) description of our current knowledge explaining the basic underlying mechanisms responsible for EAS benefit, and 3) presentation of data-driven recommendations for clinical management of EAS patients.

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:00pm

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center - Building A (CMA), CMA 2.306
2504A WHITIS AVE , Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Campus & Community, Health & Wellness, Research Opportunities & Studies, Science & Tech


Moody College of Communication

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public

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