Auditory neurophysiology

"Auditory neurophysiology" examines the normal function of neural processing in humans and different species of animals (mammals and birds) and how it changes when hearing is impaired. It examines the way in which congenital and acquired deafness affect the micro-network of the auditory system, which age-related hearing impairments occur and their consequences.
The results lead to the development of new diagnostic methods and individualised causal-based therapies. It also focuses on neuroprosthetics, the artificial stimulation of the nerve system. An interdisciplinary team consisting of electrophysiologists, physicists, engineers and doctors combines neurophysiological, histological and information-based theoretical approaches to improve cochlear implants and find potential alternatives for neuronal stimulation by peripheral and central auditory prosthetics.