Institute for Human Communication

Institute for Human Communication

Can you imagine a world without laughter, the sense of sound or the power of the voice? Can you imagine being unable to live life to its fullest? At one point in our lives, each of us will suffer from a communication disorder. For some, it will be hearing loss and for others, it will be problems with speaking. And that has a profound effect on our interaction and connection with our family and friends-the most basic and essential elements in life.

At the Institute for Human Communication (IHC), we can't imagine a world where people struggle with human expression. As the research arm of Montefiore Medical Center's Department of Otorhinolaryngology, the IHC looks to improve treatment for those who suffer from a range of communication disorders including hoarseness, voice fatigue, and hearing loss.

As one of the few institutions in the country dedicated to both medicine and research, our experts seek out the latest advances in ear, nose and throat medicine to help more than 25,000 children and adults who suffer from communication disorders each year.

Using the latest technologies and medical advancements, our physicians, surgeons and other healthcare providers reach across the multiple areas of science and clinical medicine in order to improve the lives of our patients.

Without the early diagnosis and comprehensive care available through the IHC, more than 20 percent of all people would continue to suffer from a hearing or communication disorder.

Did You Know?

  • A child with hearing loss in one ear is 20 times more likely to repeat a grade in school
  • An adult suffering from a hearing disorder earns 45 percent less than others
  • 14 to 22 percent of incarcerated teens have language disorders