NINA KRAUS, Ph.D.
Nina Kraus, is Hugh Knowles Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University. She is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who uses hearing as a window into brain health. She began her career measuring responses from single auditory neurons and was one of the first to show that the adult nervous system has the potential for reorganization following learning; these insights in basic biology galvanized her to investigate auditory learning in humans.
Through a series of innovative studies involving thousands of research participants from birth to age 90, her research has found that our lives in sound, for better (musicians, bilinguals) or worse (concussion, aging, hearing loss, language disorders), shape auditory processing. She continues to conduct parallel experiments in animal models to elucidate the mechanisms underlying these phenomena.
Never having accepted a lack of technology as a roadblock to scientific discovery, Kraus has invented new ways to measure the biology of sound processing in humans that provide unprecedented precision and granularity in indexing brain function. With her technological innovations she is now pushing science beyond the traditional laboratory by conducting studies in schools, community centers, and clinics.
Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, she advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy.
SHARON KUJAWA, Ph.D.
Sharon G. Kujawa, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School. She is the Director of Audiology Research and a Senior Scientist in the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA. She also serves on the faculty of the Program in Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology at Harvard University. Dr. Kujawa is a clinician and an auditory neuroscientist whose research seeks to clarify mechanisms and consequences of common causes of acquired sensorineural hearing loss and to translate that knowledge into improved diagnosis and treatments that benefit people. A major focus of current work is understanding how sound overexposure and aging cause loss of cochlear hair cell – nerve fiber connections/communications (synapses), determining the functional consequences of that loss, and clarifying how the degeneration can be manipulated pharmacologically to reveal mechanisms and provide treatments. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research.
MARSHALL CHASIN, AUD
Dr. Chasin is an audiologist and the Director of Auditory Research at the Musicians' Clinics of Canada, Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto (in Linguistics), Associate Professor in the School of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the Western University, and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Dr. Chasin received his B.Sc. in mathematics and linguistics at the University of Toronto, his M.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and his Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is the author of over 200 articles and 8 books including Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss, and recently, an e-book Music To Your Ears available from HearingHealthMatters.org. He writes a monthly column in Hearing Review called Back to Basics and a weekly blog at www.HearingHealthMatters.org/HearTheMusic. Dr. Chasin has been the recipient of many awards over the years including the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award for service to Canada. He has developed a new TTS app called Temporary Hearing Loss Test app. This is a tool to help prevent hearing loss.
ELIZABETH BEACH, PHD
Elizabeth is a senior research psychologist at the National Acoustic Laboratories, and a researcher with the HEARing CRC. Her current areas of interest include the effects of leisure noise on hearing, characterising ‘hidden hearing loss’, noise exposure in the music and entertainment industry, and improving methods of motivating young adults to change their hearing health behaviour.
CORY PORTNUFF, AUD PHD
Dr. Cory Portnuff is a clinical audiologist at the University of Colorado Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. In the clinic, he works with patients of all ages, with a focus on audiologic rehabilitation, treatment for tinnitus and services for musicians. Dr. Portnuff is board certified in audiology with a specialty certification in pediatric audiology. His research focuses on hearing loss prevention, including noise-induced hearing loss in children and hearing protection for musicians. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and long walks on Colorado beaches.