National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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Taste comes from tiny molecules that are released when you chew, drink, or digest food or liquid.
July 05, 2024

How do we taste…and why does it go wrong? 

Our sense of taste is important for our health and happiness. Taste helps us make choices about the foods we...

Oral Health, Taste disorders
Exposure to loud noise over a long time can have harmful consequences for your health.
March 28, 2024

Too loud and too bright!

Noise pollution Every day you are surrounded by sounds from your environment, including the TV, radio, appliances, and traffic. Noise...

Environmental Health

Dr. Debara L. Tucci is the Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
August 24, 2023

Meet the Director: Debara L. Tucci, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Debara L. Tucci, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., is excited by opportunities to encourage and support research that...

Meet the Director, Hearing Disorders and Deafness
David Rice gives the opening remarks during the NIH 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month kick-off event.
March 09, 2023

Deafness is not a burden

Being deaf is not the same for everyone with the condition. Deafness means partial or complete loss of hearing in...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness

New regulations for over-the-counter hearing aids could make them more accessible to people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
February 23, 2023

Loud and clear: What to know about hearing loss

Hearing loss affects approximately 37.5 million people in the United States ages 18 years or older. It affects one in three people...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness
ABC News Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts was diagnosed with stuttering in elementary school.
May 13, 2021

How ABC News' Byron Pitts learned to manage stuttering

ABC News Nightline co-anchor and chief national correspondent Byron Pitts has won Emmy Awards for his coverage of key historical...


Consider a face mask with a clear window, which can make reading lips easier.
February 09, 2021

6 ways to communicate better while you wear a mask

Social distancing and face masks are necessary for preventing the spread of COVID-19. But they can also make communication more...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness
November 18, 2019

Tips for helping a child who stutters

Although there is currently no cure for stuttering, there are treatments that can be customized to a child’s age and...


Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., is a scientist emeritus with NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
November 14, 2019

Speaking up about stuttering

"Stuttering gets no respect as a disorder," says stuttering expert Dennis Drayna, Ph.D. "People think of it as...

Joe Lukong (far back center in baseball cap) connected with NIH researchers through an online stuttering forum.
November 13, 2019

Why do so many of my family members stutter?

Joe Lukong had a simple question. The answer he got would change his life. What Joe wanted to know was,...


Personal Story

Stephen Ferranti
October 13, 2017

A journey with midlife hearing loss

Stephen Ferranti knew he had to address his hearing loss issues when he realized it could affect his job. As a...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness, Personal Story
Lise Hamlin's hearing loss experience led her into a career of advocacy.
October 13, 2017

Helping others hear better

Lise Hamlin was born with hearing loss in one ear, though she was able to communicate adequately for 30 years. That...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness, Personal Story