Neuroimaging - Predicting Hearing and Language Outcomes

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Researchers have made critical discoveries that are leading to a deeper understanding of the complex and interrelated neurological processes that result in the comprehension, production and use of human languages. At the 2016 AG Bell Research Symposium, world-renowned scientists will share their findings in this area as well as their theories about how this research could predict speech, language and hearing outcomes following specific interventions to address hearing loss.


Download the full written proceedings of the 2016 Research Symposium:


Julie Arenberg Bierer, Ph.D., CCC-A

Associate Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington
Bierer’s research addresses the possible causes of poor outcomes for patients with cochlear implants and explores new clinical techniques and signal processing methods that may improve the way cochlear implant patients hear.


René Gifford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University and Director, Cochlear Implant Program, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Gifford’s current research interests include combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS) with cochlear implantation, preoperative prediction of postoperative outcomes with implants, and spatial hearing abilities of individuals with unilateral and bilateral cochlear implants.


John S. Oghalai, M.D.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and, by courtesy, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine
Oghalai is the director of the Stanford Children’s Hearing Center. His research interests include changes in cochlear function that underlie progressive hearing loss and the development of techniques to treat it before it leads to deafness.

Anu Sharma, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Science, and Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
Sharma’s current focus is on examining cortical functioning, plasticity and re-organization in the brain in children and adults with all types of hearing loss across the age spectrum using auditory, visual, and somatosensory EEG and behavioral paradigms.