Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

Bloedel Center Projects

The Center houses the laboratories of several primary investigators, their trainees, and students. Research that the Bloedel Center labs are particularly known for includes:

— Exploring hair cell regeneration vital to hearing and balance in birds, fish and mice to unlock the potential to stimulate this process in humans

— Developing chemical compounds to prevent hearing loss caused by the ototoxic side effects of powerful antibiotics that currently damage the hearing and balance system

— Studying the auditory perception abilities in babies in order to optimize hearing and language outcomes for deaf children

— Creating software for use with existing cochlear implant hardware that improves the ability of CI recipients to perceive music

— Investigating a prototype vestibular implant as a possible treatment for patients who suffer the debilitating balance symptoms of Ménière’s disease or vestibular loss

— Developing more sensitive diagnostic assessments to help treat patients who report hearing loss but whose symptoms are not captured by current hearing evaluation techniques