Mike Ravicz is an investigator and research engineer at Eaton-Peabody Lab at Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary. His interest in hearing, music, and deafness originates back to high school. Ravicz attended graduate school at Boston University and studied middle-ear mechanics with John Rosowski at the Eaton-Peabody Lab at Mass. Eye and Ear infirmary, a broad-scope hearing research laboratory affiliated with MIT and Harvard. After finishing his Master’s degree in 1990, he stayed with the lab to continue his research on middle and inner ear hearing with sidetracks into acoustic noise during functional MRIs, hearing protection, and designing and constructing small-animal sound sources for hearing.
This talk will provide a quick overview of hearing in general and the function of the “auditory periphery” in particular: the outer ear and ear canal, eardrum and middle ear, and cochlea.
Mike Ravicz will be discussing the basic structure and function, pathology, reconstruction, implants, and current research in the group he is with at EPL at Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.