Understanding changes in auditory processing from noise induced hearing loss

Research Opportunity
PhD
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Medical Bionics Department
Location
Bionics Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Andrew Wise awise@bionicsinstitute.org

Summary This project will investigate the effects of hearing impairment brought about by the exposure to noise.

Project Details

Exposure to damaging environmental noise can lead to hearing impairment due to damage to the inner ear sensory cells (the cochlear hair cells and auditory neurons) or their synaptic connections. Recent evidence suggests that the cochlear synapses are the most sensitive to damage. It is thought that loss of the cochlear synapses can result in a reduction in the fidelity of the temporal encoding of sounds that is crucial for understanding speech, particularly in challenging hearing situations such as a noisy restaurant. This project will investigate the effects of hearing impairment brought about by the exposure to noise. The project will use behavioural experiments, acute electrophysiological experiments and anatomical studies to improve our understanding of noise-induced hearing impairment  and to enable the development of therapeutic interventions to treat hearing impairment.

General methods to be used in the project:
electrophysiology, behavioural training, histology

Suitable background of students:
This PhD project would suit a student with background in science (e.g. biomedical) or engineering (biomedical, electrical).



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience



Research Opportunities

PhD
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Medical Bionics Department

Research Node

Bionics Institute

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