Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Linda Hood, Ph.D.

Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Contact Info

(615) 936-4612


8310 MCE South Tower


Linda Hood, Ph.D.


Research program focuses on physiology of the auditory system at cochlear, subcortical and cortical levels. Projects encompass several perspectives including normal and disordered auditory systems and hearing loss related to genetic mutations. Current projects related to hereditary hearing loss focus on characterization of the hearing losses using sensitive metrics of cochlear and neural function in affected and carrier individuals with the goal of providing more accurate phenotyping of auditory function. Another area of research involves patients with auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony, with most of the work focusing on infants and children. This is a relatively newly described hearing disorder (Starr, Picton, Sininger, Hood, Berlin, 1996) and research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms and functional characteristics in order to improve management and communication skills of these patients. These two research areas relate to the Kennedy Center’s program topics of communication and learning, development and brain plasticity, and family issues.


View Biographical Sketch (.pdf)


Linda Hood, Ph.D. is recruiting participants for research studies (4/18/201)

Much of the research completed at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is made possible by the generous contributions of the people and families who participate in research studies. This researcher needs research subjects to complete the studies listed below.

Follow these links to learn more:

Podcast, Video, and Images

  • Evaulating and Managing Patients with Auditory Neuropathy/Dys-Synchrony

    Monthly developmental disabilities grand rounds for clinicians, researchers, trainees, and students held on December 8, 2010.

  • Are Vaccines Safe in Vulnerable Children?

    Kathryn Edwards, M.D., Sarah H. Sell Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Division of Pediatric Clinical Research; Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program; Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Member, presents at the developmental disabilities grand rounds series for clinicians, researchers, trainees, and students on January 12, 2011.