Graduate Studies Faculty
Lina A.J. Reiss, Ph.D.
Programs:Neuroscience Graduate Program
Research Interests:Cochlear implants, acoustic+electric stimulation, pitch perception, plasticity, binaural integration, speech perception, auditory neurophysiology (cochlear nucleus, inferior colliculus, auditory nerve), neural modeling » Click here for more about Dr. Reiss's research » PubMed Listing
Preceptor RotationsAcademic Term Available Summer 2016 Yes Fall 2016 Yes Winter 2017 Yes Spring 2017 Yes
Faculty MentorshipDr. Reiss is available as a mentor for 2016-2017.
Lina Reiss received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 2005, with a focus on neurophysiology of sound localization circuits in the auditory brainstem. In 2005, she began a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of cochlear implants and psychoacoustics at the University of Iowa. In 2010, she joined the faculty at the Oregon Hearing Research Center/Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Summary of Research
Cochlear implants are a surgically implantable device that bypasses damaged auditory cells and directly stimulates the auditory nerve as a treatment for those with severe-profound hearing loss. Cochlear implants have been successful in restoring sound awareness and speech perception for many patients, but there is significant variability in outcomes, and many cochlear implantees have difficulty with speech in background noise. Lina Reiss and colleagues study ways to improve these outcomes through a variety of approaches.
There are two laboratories: a human clinical research laboratory, and neurophysiology/cochlear implant design laboratory. In the clinical lab, we study pitch and speech perception in human subjects with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids, with an emphasis on 1) combined acoustic and electric stimulation and 2) plasticity and how plasticity can shape perceptual responses and be used to improve outcomes. In the neurophysiology lab, we are currently studying whether electrical stimulation causes hearing loss, and if so, what designs or treatments may reduce hearing loss. A future project is to measure plasticity of tonotopic representations in response to long-term cochlear implant stimulation in the auditory brainstem.
For more information, see the Reiss Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Research Lab webpage.
Reiss, L.A.J., Ito, R.A., Eggleston, J.L., Liao, S., Becker, J.J., Lakin, C.E., Warren, F.M., and McMenomey, S.O. (2014) Pitch adaptation patterns in bimodal cochlear implant users: Over-time and after experience. Ear. Hear. In press.