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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 Acting Director

For 30 years, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has supported basic and clinical research and research training on deafness and other communication disorders. As we head toward new frontiers in scientific discovery and precision medicine, the NIDCD is well positioned to support innovative studies to produce more sensitive, effective, and individually tailored interventions for communication disorders. 

Judith Cooper, Ph.D.
Acting Director, NIDCD

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

Bio of Dr. Cooper


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

Strategic Plans

Strategic Plans help the NIDCD prioritize its research funding by identifying areas of outstanding promise, as well as identifying 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.