Gerald Popelka Lab
Dr. Gerald Popelka's overall research effort centers on basic auditory neuroscience in humans to increase our understanding of auditory function.
For adults, this effort is driven by our minimal understanding of central nervous system function in certain auditory-related disorders such as balance disorders and tinnitus. Research requires development of innovative non-invasive technology and is conducted in collaboration with investigators in neurology and neurosurgery.
For the developing child, this effort is driven by the critical role audition plays in language and speech development and the need to optimize all interventions for pre-lingual hearing loss.
In the neonate, research requires development of innovative technology for physiologic quantification of hearing ability, especially related to certain toxic exposures such as hyperbilirubinemia and is conducted in collaboration with neonatology.
In the toddler, research requires development of innovative non-invasive technology for measuring the efficacy of devices (hearing aids and cochlear implants) in combination with the provision and measurement of the efficacy of behavioral interventions, and is conducted in collaboration with a new program that employs teletherapy.