Jennifer A Chikar

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A conserved feature of sound processing across species is the presence of multiple auditory cortical fields with topographically organized responses to sound frequency. Current organizational schemes propose that the ventral division of the medial geniculate body (MGBv) is a single functionally homogenous structure that provides the primary source of input(More)
The survival of the auditory nerve in cases of sensorineural hearing loss is believed to be a major factor in effective cochlear implant function. The current study assesses two measures of cochlear implant thresholds following a post-deafening treatment intended to halt auditory nerve degeneration. We used an adenoviral construct containing a gene insert(More)
Localized cell and drug delivery to the cochlea and central auditory pathway can improve the safety and performance of implanted auditory prostheses (APs). While generally successful, these devices have a number of limitations and adverse effects including limited tonal and dynamic ranges, channel interactions, unwanted stimulation of non-auditory nerves,(More)
Cochlear implants provide hearing by electrically stimulating the auditory nerve. Implant function can be hindered by device design variables, including electrode size and electrode-to-nerve distance, and cochlear environment variables, including the degeneration of the auditory nerve following hair cell loss. We have developed a dual-component cochlear(More)
Current cochlear histology methods do not allow in situ processing of cochlear implants. The metal components of the implant preclude standard embedding and mid-modiolar sectioning, and whole mounts do not have the spatial resolution needed to view the implant within the scala tympani. One focus of recent auditory research is the regeneration of structures(More)
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