Cochlear Implant Electrode Array
The addition of multiple electrodes to the cochlear implant provides an added level of signal control that can be personalized to the needs of each patient.
UIRF Case #:05057
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Gantz BJ, Turner C. Combining acoustic and electrical speech processing: Iowa/Nucleus hybrid implant. Acta Otolaryngol. 2004 May;124(4):344-7.
Gantz BJ, Turner C, Gfeller KE, Lowder MW. Preservation of hearing in cochlear implant surgery: advantages of combined electrical and acoustical speech processing. Laryngoscope. 2005 May;115(5):796-802.
Gfeller KE, Olszewski C, Turner C, Gantz B, Oleson J. Music perception with cochlear implants and residual hearing. Audiol Neurootol. 2006;11 Suppl 1:12-5.
Gantz BJ, Turner C, Gfeller KE. Acoustic plus electric speech processing: preliminary results of a multicenter clinical trial of the Iowa/Nucleus Hybrid implant. Audiol Neurootol. 2006;11 Suppl 1:63-8.
Woodson EA, Reiss LA, Turner CW, Gfeller K, Gantz BJ. The Hybrid cochlear implant: a review. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2010;67:125-34.
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General: Working Prototype
Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed advancements for the cochlear implant that allow it to optimally deliver high and low frequency sounds for the patient. This hybrid cochlear implant utilizes two or more separately modulated electrodes for the transport of various frequencies. The low frequency sounds are preferentially delivered to the basilar region of the cochlea and the high frequency sounds are delivered via electrodes that terminate beyond the first basilar turn of the cochlea. This allows the two frequencies to be modulated specifically for each patient's needs, and allows for the utilization of some to total natural hearing ability in the frequencies where electronic stimulation is less needed by the patient.
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