Charles C. Finley, PhD


Associate Professor


Speech processor, electrode systems, and mathematical models in cochlear implants; variability in cochlear implant outcomes, patient assessments for advanced fitting and device validation; biomedical engineering


  • BSEE - Coop, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 1972
  • PhD, Neurobiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 1983

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC School of Medicine, 2000-present
  • Senior Neuroscientist/Engineer, Center for Auditory Prostheses Research, Research Triangle Institute, 1987-2000
  • Adj. Assist. Prof. in Surgery, Div. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1989-Pres.
  • Neuroscientist/Engineer, Neurosciences Program Office, Research Triangle Institute, 1984-1987
  • Private Consultant for design of computer-based audiometric testing system, 1976-1983
  • Electronic Technician, Medical School Electronics Laboratory, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC, 1981-1983
  • Research Assistant, Dept. of Neurology, Kanton Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, 1972-1973
  • Co-op Student, Electronic Design Laboratory, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, 1968-1971

Recent Honors:

  • Best Oral Presentation – 8th Advanced Bionics European Investigators’ Conference, Marrakech, Morrocco. March 7-8, 2008. (Finley CC, Holden L, Holden T, Whiting B and Skinner M. Alternative fitting strategies based on peripheral electrode position.)

  • RENCI Faculty Fellowship, Renaissance Computing Institute, UNC-CH, 2007

  • Faculty Teaching Award – Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-CH and NCSU, 2004

Recent Publications:

  • Finley C, Holden L, Holden T, Skinner M. (2008) Simple Fitting Techniques to Improve Speech Perception with the Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant System. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, (submitted).
  • Finley C, Holden T, Holden L, Whiting B, Chole R, Neely JG, Hullar T, Skinner M. (2008) Role of Electrode Placement as a Contributor to Variability in Cochlear Implant Outcomes. Otology & Neurotology 27:920-8.
  • Whiting BR, Holden TA, Brunsden BS, Finley CC, Skinner MW (2008) Use of Computed Tomography Scans for Cochlear Implants. J Digit Imaging 21(3):323-8.
  • Skinner MW, Holden TA, Whiting BR, Voie AH, Brunsden B, Neely JG, Saxon EA, Hullar TE, Finley CC (2007) In vivo estimates of the position of advanced bionics electrode arrays in the human cochlea. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Suppl. 2007 Apr;197:2-24.
  • Dorman MF, Spahr T, Gifford R, Loiselle L, McKarns S, Holden T, Skinner M, Finley C (2007) An electric frequency-to-place map for a cochlear implant patient with hearing in the nonimplanted ear. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2007 Jun;8(2):234-40. Epub 2007 Mar 10.
  • Gilley PM, Finley CC, Dorman M, Sharma A. (2006) Minimization of cochlear implant stimulus artifact in cortical auditory evoked potentials. Clin Neurophysiol. 117(8):1772-82.
  • Wei J, Segel P, Miller C, Brownen M, Finley C (2004). The application of teh Clarion electric field imaging system for challenging cases. Cochlear Implants Int. 2004 Sep;5 Suppl 1:27-30.
  • Cartee LA, van den Honert, Finley CC and Miller RL (2000) Evaluation of a model of the cochlear neural membrane. I. Physiological measurement of membrane characteristics in response to intrameatal electrical stimulation. Hearing Research 146(1-2): 143-52.