Sensory-Neural Engineering Research Laboratory

Focus of Lab

The Sensory-Neural Engineering Research Laboratory is currently interested in the exploration and development of tests and treatments for balance system dysfunction. One such research line is based on the use of virtual reality environments to provide unique visual cues to subjects during vestibular (posturographic) testing. While the addition of immersive VR to current posturographic systems may be useful in defining and quantifying abnormalities, an additional application of this technology may result from the ability of these immersive environments to offer safe, yet visually challenging environments for enhancing benefits derived from vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Another area of interest involves the application of a round window implantable hearing device to transfer energy to the cochlea.