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Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Lauer Tinnitus Research Center

In partnership with the Lauer family, Mass. Eye and Ear launched the Lauer Tinnitus Research Center in 2015 with the goal of advancing research to better understand and treat the debilitating condition of tinnitus. The center brings together years of experience and state-of-the-art research techniques to bear on this problem that affects more than 50 million Americans.

About Tinnitus

Tinnitus or “ringing in the ears” is an often unbearable condition that refers to the perception of sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus has long been associated with hearing damage (e.g., overexposure to loud sound); but in recent years, scientists have hypothesized that loss of neuronal activity, from either auditory or non-auditory centers, can result in a re-adjustment in the brain circuits that mediate hearing. When nerve cells in the brain not receive adequate sensory input, they may compensate by amplifying all incoming signals. In some situations, this readjustment may lead to the perception of sounds when no sounds are present. 

Research Strategies

The following strategies are underway to study tinnitus in the ear and the brain:


Our Investigators

The Lauer Tinnitus Research Center brings together years of experience and state-of-the-art research techniques to bear on the problem of tinnitus.


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