Project in brief
The aim of the project is to investigate the fundamental principles of sensory processing in the ear with the joint aims of furthering our understanding of the mechanisms of normal hearing and deafness and to develop a novel middle ear implant for the treatment of a common, but normally difficult to treat, form of hearing loss.
The project is based on our recent discovery that the cochlea can be excited by unusual means to provide hearing that is as sensitive as during normal sound stimulation.
The project should appeal to students with either biological, physiological, engineering and physics background or, ideally, a combination of these backgrounds. They will work within the Sensory Neuroscience Group where they will be provided with tuition, by ourselves and our collaborators, to cover the background and skills required for the project and with all the necessary facilities to undertake the project.
The PhD student will ideally have a biological and bioengineering background and work within the Sensory Neuroscience Group to develop a novel approach to the design and testing of a prototype device.
Principles of cochlear stimulation developed during the project could be applied more broadly to other prosthetic devices to ameliorate hearing deficits in patients with hearing dysfunction.
Lead: Dr Andrei Lukashkin
Second: Prof Ian Russell
Third: Dr Victoria Lukashkina
Prof Stephen Elliott, Institute of Sound and Vibrations, University of Southampton