Research Programs

 

The American Institute for Voice and Ear Research shares space and resources with the Philadelphia Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates; and The Voice Foundation. Hospital and University resources also are used in AIVER Research.

Voice research resources include a comprehensive, extensively-equipped laboratory for acoustic, aerodynamic, vibratory and other phonatory assessments; seven strobovideolaryngoscopy rooms; and facilities for singing and acting voice analysis, research, therapy and training.

Ear research resources include comprehensive Audiology facilities, special audiometric equipment for ultra-high-frequency audiometric testing, brainstem evoked-response audiometry, promontory stimulator testing, electroneuronography, eletrocochleography, otoacoustic testing, cochlear implant program and rehabilitation facilities, electronystagmography, and computerized dynamic posturography (CDP). Extensive occupational hearing loss research and management have been an integral and internationally renowned component of AIVER. University facilities are utilized for histologic, biochemical, genetic, non-human and other special research needs.

 

 

Recent and Ongoing Projects (Partial List):

  • Reliability of Objective Voice Measures
  • Genetic Susceptibility in Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
  • Videostroboscopic Assessment of Female Vocal Folds During the Menstrual Cycle
  • Laryngeal Contact Endoscopy to Determine Blood Flow Direction in Vocal Fold Microvascular Lesions
  • Laryngological Common Diagnoses and Efficacy of Treatment
  • Efficacy of Voice Training for Improving Auditory Perception and Intelligibility in Children with Cochlear Implants
  • Cold Plasma Research
  • High Speed Evaluation of Vocal Fold Function  
  • Genetic susceptibility in recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
  • Randomized controlled trial of voice on children with vocal nodules
  • Pattern of blood flow in the neovascularization of vocal fold masses: a pilot study 
  • Intubation using a 5.0 endotracheal tube without a stylet during laryngeal surgery
  • HLA genotype & otosclerosis
  • Efficacy of a comprehensive neurotologic evaluation
  • Pilot study to evaluate optical frequency domain imaging as a tool for assessing laryngeal tissue pathology
  • Hemilaryngeal microsomia
  • Laboratory evaluation of vocal fold paresis and paralysis
  • Socioeconomic barriers to speech therapy
  • Vocal fold varices: predictors of hemorrhage
  • Improved technology for voice quantification
  • Vocal fold scarring, wound healing, genetic engineering
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Geriatric communication disorders (ear, voice)
  • Geriatric ORL disorders
  • Human performance
  • Treatment of “incurable” skull base tumors
  • Endocrine effects on voice, and their treatment
  • Innervation and function of the false vocal folds
  • Occupational hearing loss
  • Otolaryngologic applications of cold plasma technology
  • Development of surgical instrumentation
  • Clinical trials
  • Treatment of Vocal Nodules in Children
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux

 

Primary Research Interests and Priorities:

  • Improved technology for voice quantification
  • Vocal fold scarring, wound healing, genetic engineering
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Geriatric communication disorders (ear, voice)
  • Geriatric ORL disorders (hearing, voice, taste and smell, swallowing, other)
  • Human performance
  • Occult abnormalities in “normal” singers and professional speakers
  • Treatment of “incurable” skull base tumors
  • Endocrine effects on voice, and their treatment
  • Innervation and functions of the false vocal folds
  • Occupational hearing loss
  • Multimedia approaches to public education about the human voice
  • Alternative and complementary medication use in singers and actors
  • Otolaryngologic applications of cold plasma technology
  • Development of surgical instrumentation
  • Clinical trials
  • Synthetic-biological interface for cochlear implantation
  • Tinnitus: localization and treatment
  • Dizziness and fall prevention
  • Facial nerve abnormalities 
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