Hearing Health Foundation’s genesis 60 years ago, in 1958, had as its cornerstone the Emerging Research Grants (ERG) program, designed to fund early-career scientists exploring innovative approaches to hearing and balance science. Since then ERG has acted as a springboard for these researchers, as after their grant period, most gone on to earn additional funding dollars, including from the National Institutes of Health, and to make discoveries published in major scientific journals.

This list will be ever-increasing as we track their careers and progress. The date of publication is listed along with the scientist’s name and grant year, followed by the publication title and journal name. We are thrilled to be able to share with you their ongoing effort.


Dec. 1, 2018: Gail Ishiyama, Ph.D., 2016 and 2017 ERG, 2017 Ménière’s Disease Grant
“Immunohistochemical Localization of Nrf2 in the Human Cochlea,” Brain Research.

Sept. 30, 2018: Patricia White, Ph.D., 2009 and 2011 ERG; Albert Edge, Ph.D., Hearing Restoration Project
“ERBB2 Signaling Drives Supporting Cell Proliferation in vitro and Apparent Supernumerary Hair Cell Formation in vivo in the Neonatal Mouse Cochlea,” European Journal of Neuroscience.

Sept. 24, 2018: Albert Park, M.D., 2010 ERG
“Hearing Loss and Failed Newborn Hearing Screen,” Clinics in Perinatology.

Sept. 19, 2018: Samira Anderson, Au.D., Ph.D., 2014 ERG:
“Age-Related Differences in Binaural Masking Level Differences: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evidence,” Journal of Neurophysiology.

Sept. 10, 2018: Kenneth I. Vaden, Jr., Ph.D., 2015 ERG; Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D., 1986–88 ERG and HHF Board of Directors member
“Transient-Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions Reflect Audiometric Patterns of Age-Related Hearing Loss,” Trends in Hearing.

Sept. 19, 2018: Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D., 1986–88 ERG and HHF Board of Directors member
“Reliability of Measures of N1 Peak Amplitude of the Compound Action Potential in Younger and Older Adults,” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Sept. 17, 2018: Christina Reuterskiöld, Ph.D., 2017 ERG
“Effects of Frequency and Morphosyntactic Structure on Error Detection, Correction, and Repetition in Swedish-Speaking Children,” Applied Psycholinguistics.

Sept. 9, 2018: Harrison Lin, Ph.D., ERG 2016
“Evaluating Quality of Life in Patients With Meniere's Disease Treated as Migraine,” Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.

Sept. 6, 2018: Edwin Rubel, Ph.D., ERG 1976–77, 1980
“Noise-Induced Hypersensitization of the Acoustic Startle Response in Larval Zebrafish,” Journal of the Association for Research in Otology.

Aug. 21, 2018: Edward Barlett, Ph.D., 2011 ERG
“Masking Differentially Affects Envelope-following Responses in Young and Aged Animals,” Neuroscience.

Aug. 21, 2018: Sandeep Sheth, Ph.D., 2017 ERG; Debashree Mukherjea, Ph.D., 2011 ERG
“The Endocannabinoid/Cannabinoid Receptor 2 System Protects Against Cisplatin-Induced Hearing Loss,” Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.

Sept. 12, 2018: Richard Tyler, Ph.D., 2012 ERG
“Tinnitus Suppression in Cochlear Implant Patients Using a Sound Therapy App,” American Journal of Audiology.

Aug. 11, 2018: Alan Kan, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“On High-Frequency Interaural Time Difference Sensitivity in Complex Auditory Environments,” AES Conference: 2018 AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Aug. 7, 2018: Rahul Mittal, Ph.D., 2016 ERG
“Microbial Otitis Media: Recent Advancements in Treatment, Current Challenges and Opportunities,Journal of Medical Microbiology."

Aug. 6, 2018: Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D., 1986–88 ERG and HHF Board of Directors member
“Time From Hearing Aid Candidacy to Hearing Aid Adoption: A Longitudinal Cohort Study,” Ear and Hearing.

Aug. 23, 2018: Sharon Kujawa, Ph.D., 1999 ERG
“Sensory Neuron Diversity in the Inner Ear Is Shaped by Activity,” Cell.

May 22, 2018 Israt Jahan, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Understanding Molecular Evolution and Development of the Organ of Corti Can Provide Clues for Hearing Restoration,” Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Aug. 1, 2018: Judith Kempfle, M.D., 2010–11 ERG; Elliott Kozin, M.D., 2018 ERG
“Transcanal Endoscopic Infracochlear Vestibular Neurectomy: A Pilot Cadaveric Study,” American Journal of Otolaryngology.

August 2018: Ravinder Kaur, Ph.D., 2013 ERG.
“Effectiveness of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination for protection against acute otitis media caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in healthy young children: a prospective observational study,” The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

July 19 2018: Sandeep Sheth, Ph.D., 2017 ERG
“The Contribution of Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Functions of Adenosine A1 Receptor in Mediating Otoprotection,” Inflammatory Mechanisms in Mediating Hearing Loss (Springer).

July 18, 2018: Richard Felix II, Ph.D., 2016 ERG
“Temporal Information in Tones, Broadband Noise and Natural Vocalizations Is Conveyed by Differential Spiking Responses in the Superior Paraolivary Nucleus,” European Journal of Neuroscience.

July 16, 2018: Kenneth Vaden, Ph.D., 2015 ERG; Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D., 1986–88 ERG and HHF Board of Directors member
“Age Effects on Perceptual Organization of Speech: Contributions of Glimpsing, Phonemic Restoration, and Speech Segregation,” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

July 7, 2018: Oscar Diaz-Horta, Ph.D., 2017 ERG
“MPZL2 Is a Novel Gene Associated With Autosomal Recessive Nonsyndromic Moderate Hearing Loss,” Human Genetics.

June 29, 2018: Rachael R. Baiduc, Ph.D., 2018 ERG; Elizabeth Dinces, Ph.D., 2012 ERG
“Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Burden Is Associated With Hearing Loss in Young Men: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos," Circulation.

June 2018: Merri Rosen, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Addressing Variability in the Acoustic Startle Reflex for Accurate Gap Detection Assessment,” Hearing Research.

May 11, 2018: Roland Eavey, M.D., 1987–88 ERG
“Adherence to Healthful Dietary Patterns Is Associated with Lower Risk of Hearing Loss in Women,” The Journal of Nutrition. Read HHF’s Summary.

May 7, 2018: John Oghalai, M.D., 1996–97 ERG
“Osmotic Stabilization Prevents Cochlear Synaptopathy After Blast Trauma,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read HHF’s Summary.

May 4, 2018: Renjie Chai, Ph.D., 2012 ERG
“Wnt Signaling Activates TP53-Induced Glycolysis and Apoptosis Regulator and Protects Against Cisplatin-Induced Spiral Ganglion Neuron Damage in the Mouse Cochlea,” Antioxidants & Redox Signaling.

May 2, 2018: Richard Kopke, M.D., 1996 ERG
“Regeneration of Cochlear Hair Cells and Hearing Recovery through Hes1 Modulation with siRNA Nanoparticles in Adult Guinea Pigs,” Molecular Therapy. Read HHF’s Summary.

April 30, 2018: Renjie Chai, Ph.D., 2012 ERG
“Characterization of Wnt and Notch-Responsive Lgr5+ Hair Cell Progenitors in the Striolar Region of the Neonatal Mouse Utricle,” Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.

April 17, 2018: Ross Maddox, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Improving Acquisition Time of the Frequency-Specific Auditory Brainstem Response Through Simultaneous Independently Random Toneburst Sequences,” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

April 17, 2018: Ross Maddox, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Toward a Visual Assistive Listening Device: Real-Time Synthesis of a Virtual Talking Face From Acoustic Speech Using Deep Neural Networks,” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

April 17, 2018: Lina Reiss, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Effects of Broad Binaural Fusion and Hearing Loss Ondichotic Concurrent Vowel Identification,” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

October 2018: Marcello Peppi, Ph.D., 2011 ERG
“A Fluorescence-Based Imaging Approach to Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Intracochlear Drug Delivery,” Hearing Research.

February 1, 2018: Kevin K. Ohlemiller, Ph.D., 2012 ERG
“The Endocochlear Potential as an Indicator of Reticular Lamina Integrity After Noise Exposure in Mice,” Hearing Research.

March/April 2018: Lina Reiss, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Binaural Pitch Fusion in Bilateral Cochlear Implant User,” Ear and Hearing.

March 16, 2018: Sandeep Sheth, Ph.D., 2017 ERG
“Trans-Tympanic Drug Delivery for the Treatment of Ototoxicity.” Journal of Visualized Experiments.

March 2018: Kenneth I. Vaden, Jr., Ph.D., 2015 ERG; Mark Eckert, Ph.D., 2009 ERG
“Orthographic Influence on Spoken Word Identification: Behavioral and fMRI Evidence,” Neuropsychologia.

Feb. 23, 2018: Shikha Tarang, Ph.D., 2014 ERG
“A Mouse Model of miR-96, miR-182 and miR-183 Misexpression Implicates miRNAs in Cochlear Cell Fate and Homeostasis,” Scientific Reports.

Feb. 21, 2018: Daniel Winkowski, Ph.D., 2014 ERG
“Small Networks Encode Decision-Making in Primary Auditory Cortex,” Neuron.

February 2018: Guoqiang Wan, Ph.D., 2014 ERG
“From Otic Induction to Hair Cell Production: Pax2ᴱᴳᶠᴾ Cell Line Illuminates Key Stages of Development in Mouse Inner Ear Organoid Model,” Stem Cells and Development.

Feb. 7, 2018: Ross Maddox, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Integration of Visual Information in Auditory Cortex Promotes Auditory Scene Analysis through Multisensory Binding,” Neuron.

Jan. 31, 2018: Ross Maddox, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Auditory Brainstem Responses to Continuous Natural Speech in Human Listeners,” eNeuro.

Jan. 22, 2018: Yasheng Yuan, Ph.D., 2010 ERG
“Music Training Can Improve Music and Speech Perception in Pediatric Mandarin Speaking Cochlear Implant Users,” Trends in Hearing.

Jan. 10, 2018: Israt Jahan, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Auditory Neural Activity in Congenitally Deaf Mice Induced by Infrared Neural Stimulation,” Scientific Reports.

Jan. 9, 2018: Renee Banakis Hartl, Ph.D., 2017 ERG
“Effectiveness of Transmastoid Plugging for Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome," Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

January 2018: Brian Earl, Ph.D., 2013 ERG
“Out-of-Booth Testing with Noise-Canceling Earphones,” The Hearing Journal.

January 2018: Gail Ishiyama, Ph.D., 2016 and 2017 ERG, 2017 Ménière’s Disease Grant
“High Resolution Three-Dimensional Delayed Contrast MRI Detects Endolymphatic Hydrops in Patients With Vertigo and Vestibular Schwannoma,” Otology & Neurology.


Dec. 29, 2017: Richard Tyler, Ph.D., 2012 ERG
“Frequency-Limiting Effects on Speech and Environmental Sound Identification for Cochlear Implant and Normal Hearing Listeners,” Journal of Audiology & Otology.

Dec. 1, 2017: Richard Tyler, Ph.D., 2012 ERG
“Effect of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Patients With Tinnitus: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review, “ Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.

Nov. 27, 2017: Kevin K. Ohlemiller, Ph.D., 2012 ERG; Mark E. Warchol, Ph.D., Hearing Restoration Project member
“Genetic Disruption of Fractalkine Signaling Leads to Enhanced Loss of Cochlear Afferents Following Ototoxic or Acoustic Injury,” The Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Sept. 26, 2017: Guoqiang Wan, Ph.D., 2014 ERG
“Myelin Development, Plasticity, and Pathology in the Auditory System,” Developmental Neurobiology.