Hearing disorders of many types begin in the inner ear, but they have long-term effects in the brain. The Hearing Research Group at NEOMED is a diverse group of scientists interested in how the central nervous system functions in association with hearing and vocal communication, how it is affected by hearing disorders, and how interventions of the peripheral and central nervous systems may ameliorate hearing disorders.
NEOMED researchers study several hearing and communication health issues:
- Age-related hearing loss
- Noise-induced hearing loss
- Hearing loss during development
- Auditory processing disorder
- Emotional disorders in speech communication
- Organization of the normal hearing brain
Of American adults (37.5 million) report some trouble with hearing.
1 in 12
Nearly 1 in 12 U.S. children ages 3-17 have had a disorder related to voice, speech, language or swallowing in the past 12 months.
Over 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuromodulation by metabotropic glutamate receptors in sound localization circuits
Early childhood hearing loss can result in long-lasting problems with speech perception. We discovered a novel method of remediating perceptual problems that also improved neural sensitivity in the auditory cortex.