Welcome to KHRI!
Hearing and the understanding of spoken language are central elements of our sensory and intellectual worlds. Communication disorders are now recognized as one of the major health concerns of this country. Hearing losses of significant severity affect more than 28 million individuals. Approximately one-half of such losses are thought to be of hereditary origin, the others acquired during life as the result of a variety of causes, including exposure to noise, treatment with certain drugs, various diseases and the aging process itself.
The Kresge Hearing Research Institute (KHRI) in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Health System consists of a diverse and dedicated group of scientists and physicians working on basic and clinical aspects of hearing and balance, in health and disease. Our mission is:
- To advance scientific knowledge of the development, function, and pathology of hearing and balance.
- To translate today's scientific discoveries into tomorrow's clinical treatment.
- To train the next generation of scientists and clinician-scientists from the USA and worldwide.
- To promote diversity in academia and facilitate integration of persons with special needs into the research community.
- To educate the general public about hearing health and the benefits of biomedical research.
To learn more about KHRI, visit the about page.