Lina A.J. Reiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Lina A Reiss

Email:  503 494-2917
Lab phone(s):
503 494-5868
503 494-2996


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. She holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. After receiving her Ph.D., she spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow in the area of cochlear implants and psychoacoustics at the University of Iowa. In 2010, she was appointed as faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Oregon Hearing Research Center, with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Summary of current 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.

Selected publications

  1. Zhang, H., Stark, G., and Reiss, L.A. (2015) Changes in gene expression and hearing thresholds after cochlear implantation. Otol. Neurotol., 36(7):1157-65. pdf
  2. 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. [Epub ahead of print] pdf
  3. Tanaka, C., Nguyen-Huynh, A., Loera, K., Stark, G., and Reiss, L. (2014) Factors associated with hearing loss in a normal-hearing guinea pig model of hybrid cochlear implants. Hear. Res. 316: 82-93. pdf
  4. Reiss, L.A.J., Ito, R.A., Eggleston, J.L., and Wozny, D.R. (2014) Abnormal binaural spectral integration in cochlear implant users. J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol., 15(2):235-48. pdf
  5. Reiss, L.A., Turner, C.W., Karsten, S.A., and Gantz, B.J. (2013) Plasticity in human pitch perception induced by tonotopically mismatched electro-acoustic stimulation. Neuroscience, 256: 43-52. pdf
  6. Reiss, L.A., Lowder, M.L., Karsten, S.A., Turner, C.W., and Gantz, B.J. (2011) "Effects of extreme tonotopic mismatches between bilateral cochlear implants on electric pitch perception: A case study". Ear Hear. 32(4):536-40. pdf
  7. Gantz, B.J., Hansen, M.R., Turner, C.W., Oleson, J.J., Reiss, L.A., and Parkinson, A.J. (2009) "Hybrid 10 clinical trial: preliminary results". Audiol. Neurootol. 14 Suppl 1:32-38. pdf
  8. Turner, C.W., Reiss, L.R. and Gantz, B. (2008). "Combined acoustic and electric hearing: Preserving residual acoustic hearing." Hear. Res. 242(1-2): 164-171. pdf
  9. Reiss, L.A.J., Bandyopadhyay, S., and Young, E.D. (2007) "Effects of stimulus spectral contrast on receptive fields of dorsal cochlear nucleus neurons". J. Neurophys. 98(4):2133-2143. pdf

10. Reiss, L.A.J., Turner, C.W., Erenberg, S.R., and Gantz, B.J. (2007), "Changes in pitch with a cochlear implant 
      over time", J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. 8(2): 241-257. pdf 
11. Reiss, L.A.J., and Young, E.D. (2005), "Spectral edge sensitivity in neural circuits of the dorsal cochlear nucleus", J. 
      Neurosci. 25(14): 3680-3691. pdf
12. Graziano, M.S.A., Reiss, L.A.J., and Gross, C.G. (1998), "A neuronal representation of the location of nearby sounds",
      Nature 397, 428-430. pdf

See Dr. Reiss's publications at PubMed.