||NIDCD Speaker Series
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) staff scientist Tracy Fitzgerald, Ph.D., CCC-A, will discuss tests in mouse models that are used to support NIDCD research on the diagnosis and monitoring of hearing loss.
Dr. Fitzgerald will discuss current technology used to characterize hearing and inner ear function. She leads the NIDCD Mouse Auditory Testing Core Facility, which supports NIDCD laboratories by testing hearing sensitivity, inner ear function, and vestibular function in rodents. NIDCD research on these technologies led to the procedures used today to test newborns for hearing loss before they are discharged from the hospital.
Hearing is a complicated process involving the ear's ability to detect sounds in the environment and the brain's ability to interpret the sounds, including speech. Hearing loss may be caused by excessive noise, aging, disease, certain medications, or heredity. Hearing loss can affect communication, community participation, overall health, and quality of life.
This seminar is part of a series of talks led by researchers from the NIDCD, part of the National Institutes of Health, called Beyond the Lab, Understanding Communication Disorders. The speaker series is an opportunity for everyone inside and outside of the NIH—administrative staff, support staff, scientists, and the public—to learn about NIDCD research and research advances in communication disorders, conditions that significantly affect about 20 percent of U.S. adults during their lifetime.