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Thank you for visiting the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt!


The Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt focuses on speech perception, speech and language function, and basic auditory function as associated with the combination of electric and acoustic hearing—particularly with respect to preservation of acoustic hearing in the implanted ear.  Additional interests currently under investigation in the lab include binaural hearing with bilateral cochlear implants and/or hearing preservation, image-guided programming for cochlear implants, and pre-implant prediction of postoperative outcomes.


Ongoing studies in the lab:


There are many opportunities for research participation in any of our ongoing studies.  For additional information about any of the ongoing projects, please click on the links below.
  • Pre-implant predictors of postoperative outcomes in adults and children


Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes


















Director: René H. Gifford, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Students: Sterling Sheffield, Au.D., Tim Davis, Au.D.

Au.D. Students: Bob Dwyer, Sarah Rumberger, Daniel Krass, Kelly Jahn

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