Auditory Brainstem Implants in Children

The Los Angeles Pediatric Auditory Brainstem Implant (LA Pediatric ABI) Team consists of surgeons, audiologists, and scientists performing a clinical trial for the implantation of auditory brainstem implants in children who are deaf and who are not candidates for traditional cochlear implants. Pediatric patients with a deficient cochlear nerve, absent cochlea, or fully ossified cochlea, particularly those who have received a cochlear implant (CI) and have not benefited from it, may be candidates for auditory brainstem implantation.

The LA Pediatric ABI Team is working with the FDA, the NIH, collaborators and private donors to initiate a safety study of auditory brainstem implantation in children with specific conditions. The surgical team, composed of House Clinic and Children's Hospital Los Angeles surgeons, will perform these surgeries at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. (CHLA) Mapping services and research aspects of the trial will be undertaken at CHLA and the University of Southern California. Updates on the status of the trial will be forthcoming. The trial is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Clinical Trial Grant NIH 1U01 DC13031-01.

Surgical Team:

Eric P. Wilkinson, MD FACS
(Principal Investigator)

House Clinic
Huntington Medical Research Institutes
ewilkinson@houseclinic.com

Mark D. Krieger, MD
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Audiological Team:

Laurie S. Eisenberg, PhD
(Principal Investigator)

University of Southern California
Laurie.Eisenberg@med.usc.edu

Robert V. Shannon, PhD
University of Southern California

Margaret Winter, MS, CCC-A
University of Southern California

Jamie Glater, AuD
University of Southern California

Steven R. Otto, MA
House Clinic