Facilities

The Center occupies 11,000 square feet of space, consisting of a molecular biology lab, two anatomy labs, multiple noise exposure booths, a blast tube for acoustic overpressure, multiple auditory evoked response labs, a dedicated auditory perception behavioral lab, a human clinical lab, a cell culture room, and two surgery rooms.

Research Labs

CLINICAL HEARING RESEARCH LAB

Used to carry out sophisticated psychophysical and electroacoustic tests on normal and hearing impaired subjects and to evaluate hearing aids.

SURGICAL SUITE

The Center has dedicated space within the Lab Animal Facility. This lab is equipped with stereotaxic frame with microdrive, operating microscope, sterilizer, surgical drill, fiber optic operating light source, evoked potential system for generating sound and acquiring data.

ANATOMY LAB

Three compound microscopes, two with a fluorescence capability and digital camera, ultramicrotome, freezing microtome, rotary microtome, 3 dissecting microscopes, water purification system, 2 temperature controlled ovens, low temperature freezer, ice maker.

SINGLE UNIT PHYSIOLOGY LAB

Two labs each equipped with sound booths, operating microscope, hydraulic microdrives, microionotophoresis unit, electrode pullers, compound microscope, computer systems coupled to appropriate A/D, D/A and other hardware for sound generation and data acquisition.

PSYCHOPHYSICS LAB

Four sound booths each coupled to a computer with TDT A/D, D/A and other hardware for generating sound and acquiring behavioral responses or evoked potentials.

BRAIN SLICE LAB

Vibration isolation table, microscope with infrared optics, infrared camera, patch clamp amplifier, stimulus isolation unit, micromanipulators, vibratome, operating microscope, computer with A/D and D/A converter, and software for analyzing local field potentials and whole cell currents.

PSYCHOACOUSTIC LAB

Five subject work stations equipped with state-of-the-art signal generators and acquisition hardware for conducting experiments in auditory psychophysics, speech perception, and evoked potentials.  This lab has extensive test and measurement equipment.

INNER EAR PATCH CLAMB LAB

Vibration isolation table, 2 patch clamp amplifier, inverted microscope, digital camera, frame grabber, computer, video recorder, video monitor, micromanipulators, microelectrode puller, A/D and D/A converter for collecting whole cell and single cell data, and software for data analysis.

EVOKED POTENTIAL LAB

Nicolet signal averager, spectrum analyzer, TDT hardware for sound generation and data acquisition, slide scanner, 3 computers, attenuators, power amplifiers.

CELL CULTURE LAB

Three incubators, laminar flow hood and biological hood, inverted microscope with fluorescence capability, dye sublimation printer, digital camera, computer, and software for image processing and data analysis, refrigerator.

NOISE EXPOSURE LAB

Two sound booths each coupled to a computer with A/D and D/A converters for generating sound, 3 sound level meters, power amplifiers, attenuators.  

MOUSE EVOKED RESPONSE AND STARTLE LAB

Two computers, TDT hardware for sound generation and data acquisition, Med Associates Startle response system for measuring startle response, temperature control monitor, operating microscope, sound level meter.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND CELL BIOLOGY LAB

Two PCR thermocyclers, a quantitative RT-PCR machine, gel electrophoresis equipment, high-speed centrifuge, sterilizer, 2 spectrophotometers, freezers, refrigerators.

RAT PSYCHOPHYSICS LAB

Six computers, 6 sound chambers, and TDT equipment for sound generation and data acquisition, behavioral conditioning chambers with associated hardware to deliver sound, food, or shock and to measure licks or bar presses.

HUMAN PSYCOPHYSICS LAB

Audiometer, impedance bridge, sound booth, scanner, and 6 computers with extensive TDT hardware for sound generation and data acquisition.

AUDIOLOGY CLINIC

Otoacoustic emission system, computer, and TDT equipment for measuring evoked potentials.

EVOKED POTENTIAL AND OTOACOUSTIC EMISSION LAB

Three sound booths each equipped with a computer and A/D, D/A and other hardware for sound generation and data acquisition.  One computer for data analysis.

VESTIBULAR PHYSIOLOGY LABS

Patch clamp setup with microscopes, fluorescense imaging, optical stimulation, calcium imaging.

SINGLE UNIT VESTIBULAR PHYSIOLOGY LAB

Electrode puller. electrophysiological amplifiers, optical and electrical stimulators, rotation table, surgical microscope.