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Richard Folsom, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
rfolsom@uw.edu
206-685-7482
University of Washington
Box 354875
Seattle, WA 98195-4875

Dr. Folsom

Dr. Folsom seeks to understand humans' early hearing capabilities and their links to development of speech and language. He has researched early identification of hearing loss, hearing development, and pediatric assessment.  His lab records physiologic activity evoked from the auditory system in response to sound. Such activity comprises electrical activity of the nervous system or otoacoustic emissions (acoustical energy generated in the cochlea). By examining recordings, Folsom’s lab clinically assesses hearing in infants and children with developmental delays.

Folsom has been involved in newborn hearing screening for the past 30 years. He established hearing screening in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Washington in 1990 and, in conjunction with the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, helped establish universal newborn hearing screening throughout the UW Medical center in 2003.


Richard Folsom's Speech and Hearing Sciences webpage


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