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NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NIDCD/      

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders : Mission


Conducts and supports research and research training on disorders of hearing and other communication processes, including diseases affecting hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language through:

  • Research performed in its own laboratories and clinics

  • A program of research grants, individual and institutional research training awards, career development awards, center grants, and contracts to public and private research institutions and organizations

  • Cooperation and collaboration with professional, commercial, voluntary, and philanthropic organizations concerned with research and training that is related to deafness and other communication disorders, disease prevention and health promotion, and the special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people having communication impairments or disorders

  • The support of efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication functions

  • Ongoing collection and dissemination of information to health professionals, patients, industry, and the public on research findings in these areas.


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