Dr. Sharma's research is focused on examining brain development and neuroplasticity in deaf children and adults deaf and are fit with prosthetic devices such as cochlear implants and hearing aids as interventions. Her research has identified sensitive periods for cochlear implantation of deaf children. She is developing clinically feasible biomarkers of neuro-plasticity which may be assessed for individual patients with hearing impairment to assist in clinical decision making. Her current research also focuses on examining the issue of cortical development and neuroplasticity in children who are identified with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD), a recently discovered form of hearing impairment which affects 10% of children with permanent hearing loss. Finally, she is conducting studies to examine compensatory and cross-modal changes in the brains of adults who develop age-related hearing loss and are treated with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.
Brain plasticity, Cochlear Implants, Audiology, Brain development in children with hearing impairment, Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, Cortical Maturation, Brain Development, Adults with Hearing loss, Tinnitus, Cross modal re-organization