Current Stimulation for Cochlear Implant Patients - Clinical Trial

What is the Purpose of this Study?


We are doing this study to find out if a brain stimulation technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is beneficial for people with a cochlear implant (CI) when it is combined with home-based auditory training. We want to see if there are any improvements in speech perception performance after a 4-week training period for people with CIs.

What is the Condition Being Studied?

Cochlear Implants

Who Can Participate in the Study?

Key Eligibility

Adults ages 18+ who:
- Have a unilateral Cochlear Implant device that has been in use for at least 1 year
- Have high speed internet access (for computer-based training and weekly video calls)

For more information about who can join this study, please contact the study team at or 919-684-1732.

Age Group

What is Involved?


If you choose to join this study, you will:
- Do 4 weeks of computer-based training that includes tDCS sessions
- Fill out study diaries to share your experiences and opinions regarding the training and tDCS
- Visit our clinic for 2 in-person follow-up visits after you finish the program

Study Details

Full Title
Safety and Feasibility of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to Enhance Auditory Rehabilitation in Cochlear Implant Recipients
Principal Investigator
Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor
Protocol Number
IRB: PRO00107525
NCT: NCT04908631
Enrollment Status
Open for Enrollment