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Please review the Policy on Emerging Research Grants before proceeding. Applications must only be submitted in one of the stated research topic areas below. Applications outside of these areas will not be considered.

General Hearing Health

  • Physiology of hearing and balance

  • Epidemiology of auditory and vestibular disorders

  • Human otopathology

  • Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hearing loss and balance disturbance

  • Human genetics and mouse models of peripheral and central auditory/balance dysfunction

  • Innovation in cellular and molecular therapies

  • Auditory and vestibular implants, and hearing aids

Central auditory processing disorders (capd)

  • Normal and abnormal auditory processing

  • Creating testable models of auditory processing disorders

  • Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of CAPD

  • Genetics of CAPD

  • Development of screening tools and diagnostic tests for CAPD including behavioral, physiologic and neuroimaging

  • Language, music, learning and communication issues related to CAPD

Hearing loss in children

  • Etiology of childhood hearing loss (e.g., genetic, infectious, traumatic)

  • Assessment and diagnosis of childhood hearing loss

  • Auditory neuropathy

  • Behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and psychosocial consequences of childhood hearing loss

  • Impact of early intervention

  • Education of the hearing impaired child

  • Cochlear implants and Auditory Brainstem Implants in children


  • Mechanisms of hyperacusis

  • Development of animal models

  • Genetics of hyperacusis

  • Etiology, diagnosis and treatment ofhyperacusis

  • Brain imaging, biomarkers, electrophysiology of hyperacusis

  • Distinctions between hyperacusis and tinnitus

  • Interaction between auditory nerve and trigeminal nerve information

Meniere’s Disease

  • Mechanisms of endolymphatic hydrops including mechanisms of cochlear fluid regulation

  • Genetics of Meniere’s disease

  • Animal modelsof Meniere’s disease

  • Imaging of hydrops

  • Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of Meniere’s disease

  • Vestibular function and dysfunction


  • Peripheral and central mechanisms

  • Role of ion channels, ototoxicity, genetics

  • Subjective and objective assessment

  • Etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • Imaging of tinnitus

Usher syndrome is characterized hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa and is the most common cause of combined blindness and deafness. Research focusing on the following areas is of special interest:

  • Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of Usher Syndrome

  • Genetics of Usher syndrome

  • Role of identified genes in hearing and vision

  • Creation of mouse models of Usher syndrome

  • Development of molecular and cellular therapies