Dr. Bryan Pfingst

Bryan E. Pfingst, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Faculty Mentor, Neuroscience Graduate Program

5440 Medical Science I

1150 West Medical Center Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5616



Dr. Bryan Pfingst received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1971). He went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington (1973).

Areas of Interest

Dr. Pfingst's research aims to understand and improve perception with cochlear implants. It is widely assumed that the biological condition of the nerve and other inner ear structures plays a significant role in the function of the prosthesis, but the details of how specific elements in the deaf ear affect various aspects of perception are poorly understood.  The goal of the Pfingst Laboratory goal is to define the importance of various aspects of cochlear health for cochlear implant function and to use this information to improve perception and speech recognition with the implants.  

Honors & Awards

2000 - Neuroscience Faculty Outstanding Service Recognition Award

2003 - Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Faculty Founder's Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship

2008 - Elected Fellow – Acoustical Society of America

2008 - Elsevier – Hearing Research Top Reviewer

2009 - TAMS Award for Medical Student Mentoring

Published Articles or Reviews

Garadat SN, Zwolan TA, Pfingst BE Using temporal modulation sensitivity to select stimulation sites for processor maps in cochlear implant listeners. Audiol Neurotol 18, 247-260, 2013. DOI: 10.1159/000351302. PMCID: PMC3874548.

Zhou N, Pfingst BE Relationship between multipulse integration and speech recognition with cochlear implants. J Acoust Soc Am 136, 1257-1268, 2014. DOI 10.1121/1.4890640. PMCID: PMC4165232

Pfingst BE, Hughes AP, Colesa DJ, Watts MM, Strahl SB, Raphael Y Insertion trauma and recovery of function after cochlear implantation: Evidence from objective functional measures. Hear Res, 330, 98-105, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2015.07/010. PMCID:  PMC4674315.

Schvartz-Leyzac KC, Pfingst BE Across-site patterns of electrically evoked compound action potential amplitude-growth functions in multichannel cochlear implant recipients and the effects of the interphase gap. Hear Res, 341, 50-65, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2016.08.002.  PMCID: PMC5131540.

Pfingst BE, Colesa DJ, Swiderski DL, Hughes AP, Strahl SB, Sinan M, Raphael Y  Neurotrophin gene therapy in deafened ears with cochlear implants: Long-term effects on nerve survival and functional measures. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s10162-017-0633-9.  PMCID: PMC5688043.

Schvartz-Leyzac KC, Pfingst, BE  Assessing the relationship between the electrically evoked compound action potential and speech recognition abilities in bilateral cochlear implant recipients.  Ear and Hearing, 2018, 39 (2), 344-358. DOI:  10.1097/AUD.0000000000000490.  PMCID: PMC5821565.

Zhao C, Knisely, KE, Colesa DJ, Pfingst BE, Raphael Y, Grosh K  Voltage readout from a piezoelectric intracochlear acoustic transducer implanted in a living guinea pig.  Scientific Reports, 2019, 9:3711. DOI:  10.1038/s41598-019-39303-1.

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