Marina Salorio Corbetto

Dr Marina Salorio Corbetto

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Marina is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Her research focuses on brain plasticity in human deafness.

Marina Salorio Corbetto

Marina first came to Cambridge as a PhD student at Wolfson College, when she joined Professor Brian Moore’s Auditory Perception Group. Her research was focused on the evaluation of hearing-aid signal processing for people with ‘dead regions in the cochlea’, an abnormality affecting a particular type of sensory cells in the inner ear. 

While at the Auditory Perception Group, Marina started collaborating with Dr Josephine Marriage as a Research Audiologist. Together, they joined Community NHS paediatrician Dr Tamsin Holland Brown to explore alternative interventions during the watchful waiting period of children with glue ear. Their research inspired two NHS trusts to develop low-cost bone-conduction headsets to support communication in children with glue ear. 

Marina’s long-standing interest in the plasticity of the auditory system and on the effects of auditory deprivation led her to join the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge in January 2019. She is now a Research Associate in Dr Debi Vickers’ and Prof Manohar Bance’s laboratories. Her research focuses on the use of electrophysiological methods to improve the care given to users of cochlear implants (CIs). Her current project have a focus on neuromodulation to relieve tinnitus and on searching for biomarkers of cross-modal organisation and audiovisual integration in users of CIs. This can help to understand the process of adaptation to a CI and inform clinical decisions.

As a PhD student, Marina served twice as an International Officer on the Wolfson College Students’ Association (WCSA) Committee, she was the President of the Wolfson Arts Film Society, and helped in the organisation of the Lunchtime Seminar Series. Marina won the Wolfson Research Event Presentation Award in 2010 and collaborated in the organisation of this event in 2012. Determined to remain engaged in Wolfson’s vibrant and progressive community, she currently serves as Tutor, caring for undergraduate and postgraduate full-time students.




Marina’s present research interests are related to the evaluation of hearing aids for people with high-frequency hearing loss in particular, and more generally in any ways in which assistive hearing technology can be applied to help hearing-impaired people. Her current research project investigates the hearing abilities of people with damaged inner hair cells or synapses (known as ‘dead regions in the cochlea’). She has recently conducted trials using frequency-lowering prototype and commercially available hearing aids. Her current project seeks to identify the number of amplitude-compression channels required to optimise performance with hearing aids. This is an important question whose answer can help hearing-aid users to get the best of their devices. This project is funded by the H. B. Allen Trust.

Additionally, she collaborates with Dr Josephine Marriage as a Research Audiologist (at the Children’s Hearing Evaluation and Amplification Resource), as a member of a multidisciplinary group looking at promising interventions during the ‘watchful waiting’ period in children with chronic otitis media with effusion (“Bone Conduction in Glue ear” [BIG]: Marina is a member of the British Society of Audiology (BSA) which, in 2015, awarded her (jointly with Dr Marriage) the BSA Research Grant in honour of Stuart Gatehouse.