Professor Bance is the Inaugural Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Cambridge since 2017. Prior to that he was Head of Dept of Otolaryngology, at Dalhousie University Canada. He also runs the SENSE lab.
Summary Cochlear implants are complex devices, and it is difficult to understand all aspects of their function. Particularly troubling is that improvements in hearing function seem to have stalled in the last one or two decades.
In this presentation, I show data from our lab that probes the ability of models to help us understand what is happening at the cochlear implant-neural interface. In particular, I focus on why cochlear implants don't work better than they do, and how we can use the lessons from our model to understand clinical conditions when they malfunction.
I will present data from cadaveric, 3D printed, cellular, biohybrid and computational models, and discuss the clinical implications of the findings that we have demonstrated.