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Dr. Karen A. Gordon works at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as a Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health program at the Research Institute and as Director of Research in Archie’s Cochlear Implant Laboratory. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a Graduate Faculty Member in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She is also affiliated with the Department of Speech Language Pathology.
Dr. Gordon received her PhD (2005) and B.Sc. (1991) at the University of Toronto and her MA in Audiology (1993) at Northwestern University. She is a Registered Audiologist (Reg. CASLPO, CCC-A), a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and a member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) and the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC).
Dr. Gordon’s research focuses on auditory development in children who are deaf and use cochlear implants. Her early work examined the role of a unilateral implant to promote changes in the auditory brain stem, thalamus and cortex. She is presently interested in the effects of bilateral cochlear implants in these areas. She has been awarded grant funding for her work on binaural auditory development in children receiving bilateral cochlear implants from both of the Canadian Institute’s for Health Research, the Hearing Foundation of Canada, and the SickKids Foundation.



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Associate Professor

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Hospital for Sick Children

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Neuroscience / Brain Health


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Hearing / Deafness, Development / Children, Auditory Prostheses and Cochlear Implant, Auditory, development, deafness, cochlear implant, plasticity, electrical stimulation, evoked potentials, brain stem, auditory thalamo-cortex