Univ. Prof. Dr. Georg M. Sprinzl is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the state hospital of St. Pölten, Austria and is head of the ENT department there. He was the Vice Head of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in Innsbruck, Austria, where he focused on stapes surgery, surgery of active middle ear implants and cochlear implantation as well as on neuro-otologic and oncologic skull base surgery. Dr. Sprinzl was trained in skull base surgery by Prof. Werner in Marburg, Germany and was responsible for the cochlear implantation program there.
In Innsbruck he developed a continuing education program for surgeons involved in cochlear implantation and Vibrant Soundbridge surgery. Sprinzl is principal investigator of several clinical trials in the field of hearing implants.
He has a special interest in the topics of sound localization and speech perception in bilateral users of the Vibrant Soundbridge. His main research interests are in the development of new atraumatic cochlear implant electrodes for the restoration of residual hearing. Dr. Sprinzl has a special focus on elderly patients suffering from presbycusis. He is currently involved in several quality of life studies for measuring the outcomes of hearing implant surgery.
Dr. Sprinzl has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He regularly publishes articles in various areas of otolaryngology and head and neck oncology. Due to the development of the educational program he is heavily involved in clinical teaching and has been invited to perform surgery in many countries.