John J. Rosowski, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Gudrun Larsen Eliasen and Nels Kristian Eliason Professor of Otolaryngology
Professor of Health Sciences & Technology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Wallace Middle-Ear Research Unit
Senior Scientist

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Rosowski studies the relationship between structure and function in the middle and external ear. His recent work includes the measurement of middle-ear function in humans that may lead to improved ear surgery, as well as a theoretical analysis of hearing in mammals that lived in the age of dinosaurs. He is working towards improvements in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of conductive hearing loss.

Select Publications

How do tympanic-membrane perforations affect human middle-ear sound transmission? Voss SE, Rosowski JJ, Merchant SN, and Peake WT. Acta Otolaryngol. 2001; 121: 169-173.

Clinical utility of laser-Doppler vibrometer measurements in live normal and pathologic human ears. Rosowski JJ, Nakajima HH, Merchant SN. Ear & Hearing, 2008; 29:3-19.

A superior semicircular canal dehiscence induced air-bone gap in chinchilla. Songer JE, Rosowski JJ. Hear Res, 2010; 269: 70-80.

Wave motion on the surface of the human tympanic membrane: holographic measurement and modeling analysis. Cheng JT, Hamade M, Harrington E, Furlong C, Merchant SN, Rosowski JJ. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2013; 133(2): 918-37.

Simultaneous 3D imaging of sound-induced motions of the tympanic membrane and middle ear ossicles. Chang EW, Cheng JT, Röösli C, Kobler JB, Rosowski JJ, Yun SH. Hear. Res. 2013; 304: 49-56.

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B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1975
Ph.D. Physiology, University of Pennsylvania, 1979

Postgraduate Training

Research Fellowship in Physiological Acoustics, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1982

Professional Memberships (select)

1977-present: Acoustical Society of America (Physiology and Psychophysics Technical Committee, 1998-2001)
1982-present: Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) (Education Committee, 1996-2004)
2003-present: American Otologic Society (AOS) (Program Committee, 2003-2005)
2006-present: American Auditory Society

Awards and Honors (select)

2003: Elected an Associate Member of the American Otologic Society
2006: McMahon Student Mentoring Award (HST)
2009: “Best paper of the year,” by the Ear and Hearing editorial board
2010: Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
2012: Appointed the Gudrun Larsen Eliasen and Nels Kristian Eliasen Professor of Otology and Laryngolgy, Harvard Medical School

Advisory Boards (select)

2004-2005: Member of the FDA sub-committee on standards for the testing of Implantable Middle-Ear Hearing Devices
2009-2011: Member of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices Advisory Panel for the Food and Drug Administration 

Teaching (select)

1997-present: Course Director HST.714/6.551 Acoustics of Speech & Hearing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2012-present: Associate Director for Student Affairs, Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard Medical School