Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
The Sensory Encoding and Neuro-Sensory Engineering (SENSE) Lab integrates Engineering and physiologic sciences in hearing (communication) and balance.
We are interested in the vibration responses of the human middle ear in response to sounds. My work as an ear surgeon is focused on hearing reconstruction. In ear surgery, we use a variety of prostheses to reconstruct the sound transmitting function of the diseased middle ear. Our work in the laboratory measures micro-vibrations with a laser Doppler Vibrometer in cadavaric human ears, and explores the effects of various types of hearing reconstruction. It has immediate clinical applicability. We want to optimize the materials, coupling interfaces, and vibration characteristics of reconstruction prostheses, and develop active vibrating prostheses to supersede current hearing aids. We work in conjunction with Dr. Robert Funnel at McGill University in developing finite element models of the middle ear. We also have the capability to perform auditory neural recordings in animal models of hearing loss.
|Bone conduction hearing:
|Novel diagnostic methods for otologic function:
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|Here you will find a selected list of our published articles, abstracts and posters.|