From left: René H. Gifford, audiologist and assistant professor of hearing and speech sciences, adjusts the external sound processor worn by patient and study subject Ally Sisler-Dinwiddie. Sisler-Dinwiddie says that having her cochlear implant remapped using Vanderbilt’s new process has made a huge difference in her quality of life. (John Russell / Vanderbilt)
Imagine suddenly being able to hear the words and tone of the person across the table from you in a crowded restaurant when once you only heard overwhelming noise. Or speaking on the telephone with confidence because what you hear is now crisp and clear. Longtime cochlear implant users are reporting such dramatic improvements in their hearing, thanks to new image-guided programming methods developed by Vanderbilt University researchers.
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