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Northwestern School of Communication

Mario A. Ruggero

Professor Emeritus
Mario A. Ruggero

Mario Ruggero studies all aspects of the ear, from the external ear to the auditory nerve. Ruggero’s research has shed light not only on how the normal ear works but also on what causes deafness and how it might be treated.


  • PhD Physiology, University of Chicago
  • BA Biology, The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)

Select Publications

  • Ruggero, M. A. and Temchin, A. N. (2007). Similarity of traveling-wave delays in the hearing organs of humans and other tetrapods. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology 8: 153-166.
  • Recio-Spinoso, A., Temchin, A. N., van Dijk, P., Fan, Y.-H. and Ruggero, M. A. (2005). Wiener-kernel analysis of responses to noise of chinchilla auditory-nerve fibers. Journal of Neurophysiology 93: 3615-3634.
  • Temchin, A. N., Recio-Spinoso, A., van Dijk, P. and Ruggero, M. A. (2005). Wiener kernels of chinchilla auditory-nerve fibers: verification using responses to tones, clicks and noise and comparison with basilar-membrane vibrations. Journal of Neurophysiology 93: 3635-3648.


  • 401 Signals, Systems and Acoustics for the Communication Sciences
  • 550-2 Research Procedures in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • 516 Readings on cochlear biophysics and physiology, basic and applied