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Richard Folsom, Ph.D.

Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
rfolsom@uw.edu
206-685-2533
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 20 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 & Neck Surgery, helped establish universal newborn hearing screening throughout the medical center in 2003. Folsom is currently working on a project entitled “Monitoring for risk indicators in infants and children at risk for late-onset hearing loss.”


Richard Folsom's Speech & Hearing Sciences web page

CHDD Outlook 2010 Issue#3- Training Pediatric Audiologists to Alleviate Shortage

CHDD Outlook article (2005)


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