PD Dr. Nora Weiss, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, St. Elisabeth-Hospital
My work focuses on the therapy of profound sensorineural hearing loss by cochlear implantation. The surgical procedure of insertion may lead to damage of the intracochlear structures. However, the functional success of cochlear implantation depends on the preservation of inner ear structures.
One approach to gain information about the function of the auditory nerve is the use of electrically evoked compound action potentials (ECAP). It is hypothesized that ECAP may serve to monitor the intracochlear electrode position and the integrity of the spiral ganglion cells. This information may serve to transfer knowledge about surgical damage and the ability of structure recovery to clinical application and vice versa.