Scientific Advisors

Salvi-BuffaloRichard Salvi, PhD

Distinguished SUNY Professor
Dept. Communicative Disorders and Sciences
University at Buffalo


Research in Dr. Salvi’s lab focuses on various areas in hearing and deafness. Dr. Salvi is interested in the changes in auditory perception and the electrophysiological changes that occur when the inner hair cells are selectively destroyed by ototoxic drugs or acoustic overstimulation.  Dr. Salvi is working to identify the biological mechanisms that give rise to the phantom sound of tinnitus and to identify drugs that can suppress tinnitus. Dr. Salvi has also been pursuing similar investigations into the mechanisms of hyperacusis.


AmandaLauer2Amanda Lauer, M.S., Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins University


The overall goal of Amanda’s research at Lauer Lab is to understand how auditory input from the ear affects the brain, and how the brain in turn affects the ear through efferent feedback loops. Amanda is particularly interested in understanding hearing disorders (like tinnitus and hyperacusis) that develop when input to and from the brain is altered. Amanda established her own laboratory in the Center for Hearing and Balance at Johns Hopkins where her team studies the functional and anatomical consequences of various forms of acquired hearing loss, including hereditary hearing loss, acute sound overexposure, and chronic noise exposure.


FZengFan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D

Professor, Otolaryngology Anatomy & Neurobiology
University of California, Irvine  School of Medicine


In 2000, Professor Zeng founded the Hearing and Speech (HESP) laboratory at UC Irvine to conduct basic and translational research in the following areas: understand mechanisms underlying normal and pathological hearing, improve hearing aid and cochlear implant performance, and find a safe and effective treatment for tinnitus and hyperacusis. Professor Zeng uses a systems and modeling approach to understand how the ear and the brain work together to process sounds, including human speech and music.

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