Carla V. Valenzuela, MD

T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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.