Stéphane F. Maison, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Principal Investigator

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Maison is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, a Principal Investigator in the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at Mass. Eye and Ear, and a clinical audiologist. He received his bachelor degree's in biology, master's degree in physiology, 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. He also received his Doctor of Audiology degree from Northeastern University. 

As an auditory physiologist, Dr. Maison studies the peripheral auditory system and has published more than 45 peer-reviewed papers in the field. Having spent nearly 20 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.

Select Publications

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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B.S. Biology, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 1994
M.S. Physiology, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 1995
Ph.D. Neurosciences, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 1998

Postgraduate Training

1999 - 2002: Research Fellowship, Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

1999 - present: Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2002 - present: Society for Neuroscience

Advisory Boards

2013 - present: Otolaryngology–BioMed Research International, Editorial Board


Biology of the Inner Ear (SHBT 201), Harvard Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology
Introductory Audiology (CD467), Emerson College