Ear & Hearing

The otology-audiology research group of Ghent University has built up expertise in the field of hearing loss, with focus on genetic research of deafness, (re)habilitation of hearing loss and balance. Congenital cytomegalovirusinfection as a cause of deafness is a major research domain.

Our cochlear implant center has over the recent years evolved to one of the most important CI centers in Belgium with research in the field of outcome after implantation, hearing preservation and academic achievement of implanted children.

The founding of a Neuroscience Platform with a focus on neuromodulation at Ghent University Hospital three years ago has brought together various experts from different fields of research initiating new collaborations in the domain of neuromodulation, binaural hearing, tinnitus.



 Post-docsPhD candidates



  • Hearing: genetic hearing loss
  • Cochlear implantation: outcome, academic achievement, residual hearing
  • Congenital cytomegalovirus infection
  • Balance: project VIS (www.vis-flanders.be)
  • Tinnitus


University of Nijmegen

Since many years our research group has a strong scientific collaboration with the Radboud University at Nijmegen, The Netherlands. This has resulted in a number of shared publications and PhD dissertations. Prof. Emmanuel Mylanus has been appointed associate professor at the University of Ghent.


University of Amsterdam

Recently, a collaboration was established with the VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands). In two joint PhD projects the long-term outcomes of CI users are studied. Both projects focus on the inclusion of CI users in mainstream and higher education.


University of Leuven

Our research group participates in a multicenter study coordinated by Prof. Astrid van Wieringen (experimental ORL Leuven) around unilateral deafness in young children (CICADE study - Cochlear implantation for children and one deaf ear). The purpose of the study is to find out what the adverse effects are of unilateral deafness on speech- and language development and cognitive development of a child and to examine the possible benefit of a cochlear implantation

Defended PhD's


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Campus UZ Gent

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C. Heymanslaan 10

B - 9000 Gent BELGIUM

Phone: +32 9 332 24 94