Image-Guided Cochlear Implant Programming
In recent work we have developed image processing techniques that have permitted accurate detection of the post-operative position of cochlear implant (CI) electrodes relative to stimulation targets. Using these image processing techniques, we have developed the first Image-Guided CI Programming (IGCIP) strategy, which is to deactivate CI electrodes that we determine based on imaging information to create overlapping stimulation patterns. Our current studies show that IGCIP leads to significantly better hearing outcomes with CIs. The current goals of this project are to continue current IGCIP validation studies and to develop new patient-customized, IGCIP strategies that could provide more objective information to the CI programming process and lead to CI programs that better approximate natural hearing performance.