Christopher F. Halpin, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Senior Scientist

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Halpin’s research interests relate to his clinical work in the Department of Audiology, with current projects focusing on the damaged cochlea, the application of hearing aids, and diagnosis of cochlear regions using word recognition. He also engages in research related to psychophysics, genetic investigations and analysis of audiologic results in human temporal bone cases.

Additionally, Dr. Halpin plays a role in developing and implementing clinical trials of medications designed to improve hearing function in sudden idiopathic sensory loss and neurofibromatosis type 2.

Select Publications

The tuning curve in clinical audiology. Halpin, C. Am J Aud 2002; 11:56-64.

Clinical implications of a damaged cochlea: pure tone thresholds versus information carrying capacity. Halpin, C. and Rauch, S. Otolaryng - HNS 2009; 140(4):473 476.

Hearing aids and cochlear damage: The case against fitting the pure tone audiogram.
Halpin, C. and Rauch, S. Otolaryng - HNS 2009; 140(5): 629-632.

Improvement in word recognition score with level is associated with hearing aid ownership among patients with hearing loss. Halpin, C. and Rauch, S. Audiol. Neurotol. 2012 17:139-147.

Audiology in the sudden hearing loss clinical trial. Halpin, C. Shi, H., Reda D. et al. Otol. Neurotol. 2012 33(6): 907-11.

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B.A. University of Virginia, 1977
M.Ed. Audiology, University of Virginia, 1985
Ph.D. Audiology, University of Virginia, 1988

Professional Memberships

1985 - present: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
1994: Annual Convention Program Committee
1995 - 1996: Association Representative to the National Consensus Panel on Support Personnel in Audiology
1998: Annual Convention Program Committee
1999 - 2000: Academic Affairs Board
2005 - present: American Academy of Audiology
2005 - 2011: Research Committee
2006 - present: International Otopathology Society

Advisory Boards

2007 - 2008: Associate Editor, American Journal of Audiology
2013 - present: Associate Editor, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research
2009 - present: National Advisory Committee for Audiology, Educational Testing Service, Princeton


Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School

Awards and Honors

2010: Co-recipient: Martin Prize for Clinical Research. MGH