Hearing researcher receives grant for study of cochlear implants

Wednesday 07 Oct 15

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Abigail Anne Kressner
Postdoc
DTU Health Tech

Eight researchers from DTU receive a total of approx. DKK 21 million to experiment with ground-breaking ideas. The postdoc funding goes to research in the category ‘Technology and Production Sciences’. One of them is Abigail Kressner who received a grant of approximately DKK 2 million from the Danish Council for Independent Research to study cochlear implant channel selection errors.
Abigail Kressner, who origins from Chicago, US, took her PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has been employed at National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney (AUS) where she also did some similar studies with cochlear implants.

Cochlear implants(CI) helps deaf and hearing-impaired strongly, by stimulating the auditory nerve directly through a series of electrodes that are implanted along the basilar membrane of the inner ear. This project will systematically investigate the process that cochlear implants use to decide which electrodes to stimulate for a given acoustic signal. This research will provide guidance for the development of cochlear implants and thereby increase speech understanding for cochlear implant recipients in the future.

Why did you in particular want to do your Postdoc project in Denmark?
“The Hearing Systems lab at DTU is well-known in the international hearing research community to be one of the best in the world. I was keen to come here to be a part of this group, as well as to move to Denmark- which is a hub for hearing research. Although there is a lot of research in Copenhagen on hearing already, there is actually not a lot of cochlear implant research. However, this area is quickly growing, and I am excited to be a part of it."

Read more about the postdoc fundings here

"The Hearing Systems lab at DTU is well-known in the international hearing research community to be one of the best in the world"
Abigail Kessner

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