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About Us

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

A Message from the NIDCD Director

NIDCD-supported scientists have made astonishing advances in our mission areas of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. Numerous discoveries have expanded our knowledge base and led to improved diagnosis, treatment, and technology for people with communication disorders.

Dr. James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Director, NIDCD

Advancing Research to Improve the Lives of People with Communication
Disorders: A Message from the NIDCD Director

Bio of Dr. Battey

Mission and Strategic Plans

The NIDCD's mandate to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research planning documents.

NIDCD History and Milestones

Important milestones and events in the NIDCD's history since its founding in 1988.

Organizational Structure and Staff

NIDCD's staff, offices and divisions.

Job Opportunities

Information about job openings, training, and continuing education.

Get Involved

Activities and campaigns to engage the public and ways to make a contribution to help NIDCD.

Congressional Testimony and the NIDCD Budget

Current and past congressional testimony and budgets.

Advisory Groups and Review Committees

Information about and meeting schedules for the Advisory Council, Board of Scientific Counselors, Communications Disorders Review Committee, and Special Emphasis Panel.

Contact Us

Talk to a health information specialist toll free, media inquiries, and technical questions.