The Firszt Lab is under the direction of Dr. Jill Firszt, Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Washington University School of Medicine. The lab is engaged in ongoing research with adults and children who have hearing loss in one or both ears and may use a cochlear implant or hearing aid. As treatment options continue to evolve it is critical that best patient care is founded in scientific research. Current research objectives include investigating physiological changes that arise from hearing loss and exploring how those changes, along with other factors, interact and effect behavioral or functional outcomes with various interventions, e.g. bilateral cochlear implantation or bimodal device use.

Current Areas of Research in Adults and Children

o Bilateral Cochlear Implantation

o Asymmetric Hearing Loss

o Unilateral Hearing Loss

o Single Sided Deafness and Cochlear Implantation

o Revised Indications for Cochlear Implantation

o Behavioral and Electrophysiologic Measures with Electrical Stimulation

o Optimization of Speech Processor Programming/Mapping