Carla V. Valenzuela, MD
T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Washington University in St. Louis (WU)
Speech perception outcomes vary among cochlear implant recipients, with some demonstrating significant benefit and others with limited benefit. I am interested in using electrocochleography (ECochG) responses, which are electrical measurements of cochlear responses to sound, to better understand cochlear health. ECochG measurements are, in a nutshell, derived from two components: hair cell responses and neural responses. By studying the contributions of each component, we can determine which of these are most predictive of speech performance in the postoperative period.