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Researchers Study How Cochlear Implants Affect Brain Circuits

CMB Professor David Corina and a colleague are working to understand why some deaf children respond to cochlear implants better than others do.

Corina and Lee Miller, an associate professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior, are recruiting children from 18 months to 8 years old who use cochlear implants, as well as hearing children in the same age group. 

Their research, supported by a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, involves measuring brain activity during visual and auditory processing. 

“We’re using measures of brain function to get a snapshot of the ‘cerebral balance of power’ and how it is influencing auditory and visual experiences,” Corina said.

The ultimate goal is to identify clinical interventions that would help children better adapt to using cochlear implants, Miller said.

Read a UC Davis News & Information feature about their study.