Topic Areas: Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science

Topic Chairs: Nicholas Reed

Content Area: Audiology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on basic science and public health aspects of hearing. This includes topics around tinnitus, speech perception, auditory and vestibular neuroscience, as well as neurophysiologic, electrophysiologic, and imaging studies of auditory and/or vestibular pathways from periphery to cortex. Human and animal studies in relation to hearing, tinnitus and vestibular research are also included in this topic area. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific hearing, tinnitus and vestibular science should be included in this topic area.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of auditory and vestibular function
  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to auditory and vestibular sciences
  • Investigation regarding basic scientific principles of hearing, tinnitus, and balance
  • Computer-based and other research technologies for rehabilitation interfaces for hearing and balance

Professional Education

  • Intraoperative monitoring of auditory, cranial nerves, somatosensory, vestibular, and motor systems function
  • Evaluation of facial nerve function
  • Neurodiagnostic measures associated with cochlear implant function
  • Physiologic and electrophysiologic assessment of the auditory or vestibular systems
  • Evoked potentials, PET, fMRI, V/ENG, otoacoustic emissions
  • Acoustics and psychophysics
  • Acoustic calibration and National/International standards
  • Animal models of hearing science
  • Vestibular/Balance science
  • Tinnitus science
  • Speech perception and psychoacoustics
  • Neural plasticity related to hearing and balance
  • Educational, professional, and interprofessional issues specific to hearing, tinnitus, and vestibular sciences
  • Models of hearing and balance development across the lifespan
  • Neuroscientific advances with implications for hearing, tinnitus, and balance impairment
  • Public health (epidemiologic, health policy/economics, etc.) studies of hearing including risk factor analysis for hearing and how hearing impacts other aspects of health

Related Topics

Proposals that include this topic but have a primary focus on:

  • The diagnosis, management and treatment of hearing, balance and tinnitus should be submitted to the topic areas Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus - Assessment and Intervention: Pediatric, or Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus - Assessment and Intervention: Adult (in respect to the age of the population).
  • Research related to central auditory function should be submitted to the topic area Neuroaudiology/Central Auditory Processing.

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