We are studying the development of temporal features of the human efferent system and its functional significance in hearing and hearing development.
This work is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Grant R01DC018046
Humans can hear upto 20 kHz yet most auditory tests and management are focused only up to 8 kHz. The goal of this preliminary series of experiments is to understand the role and clinical value of extended high frequency hearing (i.e., 9-20 kHz).
Otitis media is the second most common reason young children go to the doctor. A large body of literature shows that degraded auditory experience because of otitis media has been associated with reorganized ascending neural pathways, even after middle ear pathology is resolved. In a series of preliminary studies we are examining the effects of resolved otitis media on later hearing development in children.