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The research topics include basic research on hearing loss and its consequences for the brain, as well as development of new stimulation strategies prosthetic devices in the peripheral and central nervous system.
We work on improvements of cochlear implants using pulsed laser light, using biohybrid techniques, but we also focus on implantable prostheses in the middle ear and experiment with nanomaterials for stimulation purposes and Biohybrid devices different techniques for delivering drugs into the inner ear.
Furthermore, we explore how the brain adapts to hearing loss, particularly congenital deafness, and how neuroplasticity can be used for the optimal adaptation to prosthetic hearing.
In collaboration with several industrial partners we help to develop and test new stimulation strategies and new prototypes of auditory prostheses.
The institute was established infunded by the State of Lower Saxony.
Lenarz, the chair of the Dept. Wanka, and the president of the MHH, Prof. Bitter-Suermann, on January 17, Since then the institute hosted many scientists from all continentsattracted funding from many prestigeous agencies and expanded both its research scope and its infrastracture.
Currently, 65 researchers from different disciplines collaborate on prosthetic devices and hearing loss. Their expertise includes medicine, physics, engineering, neurophysiology, neurology and chemistry. We work on topics of biomechanics, electrical engineering and signal processing, electrophysiology and human imaging, neuroscience, robotics, histology and molecular biology.
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