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Carol Bauer, M.D.

Dr. Carol A. Bauer is an Neurotologist  and Chair of the Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois. She completed her residency at the University of Iowa in 1994 and a Neurotology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 1995. She directs the Tinnitus Clinic, Cochlear Implant Center, and the Hearing and Balance Center at SIU. Her practice focuses on the evaluation and management of hearing and balance disorders encompassing the peripheral and central auditory pathways, including the evaluation and management of the tinnitus patient.   The Auditory Research Group at SIU has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Tinnitus Research Consortium and the American Tinnitus Association to investigate the physiologic and neurologic bases of tinnitus.  As a clinician-scientist, her clinical work informs her basic science research and has led to clinical trials of pharmacologic and acoustic therapies for chronic tinnitus.   In collaboration with Dr. Thomas Brozoski she has developed a robust animal model of tinnitus that has resulted in significant advances in the current understanding of mechanisms underpinning noise-induced chronic tinnitus.  The animal model has led to translational investigations of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments of tinnitus.

Financial/Nonfinancial Relationships: Dr. Bauer has a financial relationship with Sea Pharmaceuticals as an independent contractor and grant recipient.