Barbara S. Herrmann, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Herrmann is an audiologist and scientist specializing in electrophysiology of the human auditory and vestibular systems, with the purpose of developing a more thorough understanding of the underlying mechanism and optimizing these measures for diagnosis and treatment monitoring. Her primary interests include the identification and diagnosis of hearing loss in infants using electrophysiologic measures and the use of electrically auditory evoked responses in cochlear implant and auditory brainstem implant patients.

Select Publications

Dynamics of acoustic reflex growth. Sprague BH, Wiley TL, Block MG. Audiology, 1981, 20:15-40.

Automated infant hearing screening using the ABR: Development and validation.  Herrmann  BS,  Thornton  AR,  Joseph  JM. Amer Jour. Audiology, 1995, 4:6-14.

Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMPs) Show Altered Tuning in patients with Meniere’s disease.  Rauch SD, Zhou G, Kujawa S, Guinan JJ, Herrmann BS. Otology and NeuroOtology . 25, 2004, 333-338.

How does the sound pressure generated by circumaural, supraaural, and insert earphones differ for adult and infant ears?  Voss SE, Herrmann BS. Ear and Hearing, 26, 2005, 636-650.

Cochlear implantation in children with congenital X-linked deafness due to novel mutations in POU3F4 gene. Stankovic KM, Hennessey AM, Herrmann BS, Mankarious LA. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 119, 2010, 815-822.

View a complete list of publications on »

View full list of publications on Google Scholar » 



M.S. University of Wisconsin–Madison,
Ph.D. Communication Disorders/Audiology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Professional Memberships

1977 - present: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
1979 - present: Acoustical Society of America
1980 - present: Sigma Xi
1983 - present: American Auditory Society

Awards and Honors

Reynolds Society Achievement Award for development of newborn infant hearing screener and role in establishment of universal newborn hearing screening. [2007]

Advisory Boards

1998 - present: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Advisory Committee for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
2007 - present: Advisory Board for Gift of Hearing Foundation


1981 - present: Harvard Medical School, Otolaryngology Resident and Medical School Lecturer
1978 - present: Lecturer and course instructor in Communicative Disorders, (Adjunct): University of Wisconsin, Boston University, MGH Institute of Health Professions