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Science and the Societal Impact of Hearing Loss with Sumit Dhar, PhD
Sumit Dhar studies the sounds created within the inner ear, then examines their behavior under a variety of conditions. By understanding the physiology involved, it is hoped that better diagnostic tests may be able to be designed to test for hearing loss. He is a vocal patient advocate about the importance of detecting hearing loss early. He says, “There’s so much about hearing loss that we still need to learn. But we do know with certainty that it’s best to address hearing loss as soon as possible. The impact that the loss of hearing can have on a person’s life is nearly all-encompassing. Research even ties unaddressed hearing loss to diminished cognitive function, impaired memory, and dementia."

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the latest research, clinical trials, and preventive measures we can all adopt from one of the world's leading experts.

Nov 10, 2020 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar
Associate Dean for Research; Professor; Fellow, Hugh Knowles Center @Northwestern University, School of Communication
Sumit Dhar studies hearing, hearing loss, and hearing healthcare. One major focus of his work is in understanding the physiology and biophysics related to sounds created in the inner ear (otoacoustic emissions). The sounds are recorded using small microphones placed in the ear in an attempt to understand the workings of the inner ear by analyzing them in various ways. He is also keenly interested in using these sounds to detect malfunction of the ear at the earliest. A second major focus is on hearing healthcare delivery. Dhar is interested in understanding why so few people seek hearing health care. Once barriers to access are identified, Dhar's research group attempts to devise tools and methods to remove these barriers, thereby improving the affordability and accessibility of hearing health care.