WORKGROUP PERINATAL ADAPTATION
Head of the group:
PD Dr. Dietmar Basta, PhD
Dr. Jan Wagner
Dr. Annekatrin Coordes
Institute of Biology, Humboldt-University of Berlin
Institute of Neurophysiology, Charité Medical School Berlin (Prof. Uwe Heinemann)
Dept. of ENT at UKB, Free University of Berlin (Prof. Ernst)
1. Effects of intracochlear electrical stimulation on central auditory structures
Intracochlear electrical stimulation is currently in use for the treatment of patients with severe to profound deafness. However, little is known about the effects of distinct features of stimulation such as rate, pulse duration and amplitude on central auditory structures. We investigate the neurobiological effects of different stimulation parameters in the guinea pig.
2. Effects of noise exposure on central auditory structures
It is well known that noise exposure leads to imminent functional and morphological changes within the central auditory pathway. We investigate how far these changes are related to an impaired cochlear output or caused additionally by alternating the properties of central neuronal networks.
3. Evaluation and development of diagnostic and rehabilitation methods in vestibular disorders
We currently investigate the measurement parameters, the normative values and the interpretation of vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs). Further we analyse the postural control in free field exercises in patients with different vestibular deficits (otolith disorders, presbyvertigo) and evaluate new biofeedback rehabilitation methods (electrical, auditory, vibrotactile).
4. Optimizing and outcome measurement of cochlear implants
We investigate the predictive value of different perioperative parameters on postoperative performance in cochlear implantees.
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