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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.

Dr. Tucci
NIDCD Director Debara L. Tucci, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

A Message from the NIDCD Director

The NIDCD’s mission is to improve the lives of the millions of people with hearing loss and other communication disorders, spanning functions of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. Over the past 30 years, researchers supported by the NIDCD have made seminal advances in understanding the basic biology of sensory systems and disease mechanisms, leading to increasingly effective, evidence-based treatments for diseases and disorders that affect an ever growing segment of the population. Continue Reading


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

Strategic Plans

Strategic plans help NIDCD prioritize its research funding by identifying areas of opportunity and knowledge gaps.

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.

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.

Get Involved

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