National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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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,...


November 12, 2019

4 common myths and facts about stuttering

"There's a great deal of misunderstanding about stuttering," says Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., a scientist emeritus with NIH’s...

November 11, 2019

Stuttering: What you need to know

Stuttering is a complex speech condition that can cause a person to get stuck trying to say certain sounds, syllables,...


February 13, 2019

8 NIH research highlights

What did we learn in 2018 that could help your health this year or in the future? NIH-supported researchers worked on a...

NIH Research
January 14, 2019

Help your child through winter ear infections

The onset of winter often means the worst part of cold and flu season, and with that, the dreaded ear...

Ear Infections

October 14, 2017

Expanding hearing health care

"What's that you said?" Perhaps you've heard yourself say those words more often than you'd like...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness
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
Pictured with his dogs, Lucy and Henry, Mark Vail has rekindled his former talent as a master potter.
April 24, 2017

Former auctioneer finds voice after aphasia

One unremarkable September morning in 2011, Mark Vail had trouble getting dressed. Then, he poured milk across the kitchen counter instead...

Aphasia, Personal Story