Auditory Science Lab

Auditory Science Laboratory

Basic Research & Clinical Studies Related to Hearing & Deafness

The laboratory is based at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and is affiliated with the University of Toronto Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Since 1984, research had been directed by Dr. Robert Harrison. The laboratory works closely with clinical research teams at SickKids and with other teaching hospitals affiliated with University of Toronto. Our scientific scope is as follows:

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Normal Hearing and Auditory Brain Development:

We use a wide range of research techniques to investigate the structure and function of the normal auditory system. Our key research question is: How do we normally hear? Our studies focus both on the "mature" system, and on early developmental processes that form the auditory brain.

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The Causes and Consequences of Hearing Loss:

We examine many different factors that can cause hearing loss, and determine what damge results and what functional deficits occur to the inner ear and to the central auditory brain.


Our Mission: To increase our knowledge of the complex biological mechanisms that allow us to hear the world. Using new insights, we work to prevent hearing loss and to promote normal auditory system development. For those with hearing loss, we strive to understand the exact nature of hearing deficits, and use this information towards achieving the best possible strategies for remediation and/or the planning of rehabilitation.

For more information, please contact:

Robert V. Harrison, PhD, DSc
Auditory Science Laboratory
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
McMaster Building, Room 3005
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8