Q&A with Clinical Speech Pathologist Megan Radder

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Clinical Speech Pathologist Megan Radder finds her career a perfect way to combine her interests  in medicine and music. She celebrates voice every day by assisting patients in the Voice and Airway Center at Washington University School of Medicine. How long have you been working for WashU ENT? I started working in Oto in 2014 […]

Understanding how hearing loss interferes with the lives of older adults

As our aged population grows, so does the incidence of age-related hearing loss. In fact, about 50% of those over 70 years of age experience notable hearing loss and difficulties associated with that loss. Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Washington University Kate McClannahan, PhD, hopes to alleviate those difficulties by better understanding how personality, cognition, […]

Q&A with Deaf Education student Liberty Moore

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Liberty Moore is a graduate student in Deaf Education here at Washington University. A bilateral cochlear implant recipient, she has garnered experience as both a research subject and research scientist and hopes to become a teacher of the deaf. How did your deafness develop and at what age did you receive cochlear implants? I was […]

Help for mask-induced voice strain

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More patients than ever are seeking care for voice stress caused by speaking while wearing masks, according to voice and airway experts in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis. Speech-language pathologist Megan Radder explains what patients are experiencing and how  the Voice & Airway Center can  help. Is voice stress a […]

Face mask type affects speech intelligibility and listening

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When it comes to clear communication, not all face masks are created equal, according to a new study from the lab of Jonathan Peelle, PhD. The research study quantifies the extent to which four different types of face masks affect speech intelligibility and subjective listening effort across various levels of background noise in young and […]

ENT researcher works to optimize benefits of cochlear implants in children

Nearly all parents of children born with severe-to-profound bilateral hearing loss want their child to develop spoken language and literacy skills commensurate with those of their peers with healthy hearing.  This is important for social and academic development. Lisa Davidson, PhD, and her lab are determined to help optimize the benefits of cochlear implants (CIs) […]

Q&A with William W. Clark, retiring director of PACS

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How did you end up at CID/Washington University?  In my junior year at the University of Michigan I took a class that changed my life. It was taught by William Stebbins, a behavioral psychologist who was studying the sensory behavior of animals using operant conditioning behavioral techniques.   Dr. Stebbins invited me to join his lab […]

Stem cell implants offer hope for vocal cord paralysis

Vocal cord paralysis occurs when nerve impulses to the larynx are disrupted, causing problems with speech and breathing. Vocal cord closure is crucial for the production of sound, or phonation, and to protect the airway from food and liquids that might enter. The nerve to the vocal cords can be injured in a variety of […]

Lip reading and brain training studies to improve cognition

The Tye-Murray laboratory studies hearing loss and speech recognition. Half of the lab’s projects center upon understanding the fundamental processes that allow for successful lipreading because being able to read lips greatly enhances a patient’s ability to engage successfully in conversation. The second half centers upon developing rehabilitation strategies that develop listening abilities in both […]