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NIDCD History and Milestones

Photo: Dr. James Battey

Through Research, NIDCD Improves the Lives of People with Communication Disorders

"Since its authorization in 1988, NIDCD-supported scientists have made astonishing advances in the NIDCD’s 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."

A Message from NIDCD Director James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. »

Historical Timeline

The NIDCD celebrates 25 years of research...and continues its progress. For a full history of the NIDCD, see the NIH Almanac.

Thumbnail image of NIDCD's Anniversary Timeline. Click to view at full size.

Infographic: 20 Years of Newborn Hearing Screenings

Learn how NIDCD research has helped improve the lives of U.S. children by raising the national screening rate to 98%.

Thumbnail image of the Early Hearing Detection infographic. Click to view at full size.