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Stéphane F. Maison, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and a Principal Investigator in the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at Mass. Eye and Ear. Dr. Maison received his bachelor degree's in biology, master's degree in physiology, and his Ph.D. in Neurosciences summa cum laude from the University Claude Bernard in Lyon, France, where he was born. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in auditory physiology at Harvard Medical School, working under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Liberman.
As an auditory physiologist, Dr. Maison studies the peripheral auditory system and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in the field. Having spent nearly 18 years honing his skills in the study of sensorineural hearing loss in animal models, Dr. Maison wants to bring the important research questions back to human subjects in a clinical context. His research interests focus on 1) identifying hidden hearing loss (cochlear synaptopathy) in patients with "normal" audiograms, 2) identifying if tinnitus results from cochlear synaptopathy, and 3) therapies to restore speech intelligibility in adverse environments. His work has recently been featured in many media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Consumer Report.
Toward a differential diagnosis of hidden hearing loss in humans. Liberman MC, Epstein MC, Cleveland SS, Maison SF. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(9):e0162726.
Predicting acoustic vulnerability to acoustic injury using a non-invasive assay of olivocochlear reflex strength. Maison SF, Liberman MC. J Neurosci. 2000;20(12):4701-4707.
Efferent feedback minimizes cochlear neuropathy from moderate noise exposure. Maison SF, Usubuchi H, Liberman MC. J Neurosci. 2013; 33:5542-5552.
Efferent feedback slows cochlear aging. Liberman MC, Liberman LD, Maison SF. J Neurosci. 2014; 34:4599-4607.
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