Skip to main content

Debara Lyn Tucci, MD

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery
Office: 1559 Hosp South, Blue Zone, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3805 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

The focus of current research efforts is in defining the effects of conductive hearing impairment on the development and function of the central auditory system. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand the impact of hearing loss, such as that associated with otitis media, on the development of auditory function in children. Experiments are currently being performed in which central auditory system activity is studied using the 2-deoxyglucose method following unilateral neonatal conductive hearing loss. Future experiments will examine changes in cell structure and interneuronal connections following acute and chronic conductive hearing loss in both neonatal and adult animals.

A second research program is focused on issues related to the cochlear implant. The cochlear implant is a device which allows for electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve in profoundly deaf patients. It has previously been demonstrated in animal studies as well as in human tissue histopathology that degeneration of central auditory pathways occurs following severe damage to the inner ear. It has been suggested that the introduction of electrical stimulation via a cochlear implant may prevent or reverse some of these degenerative changes. Experiments conducted previously examined this issue in the neonatally and adult deafened rat. Tissue analysis is currently undergoing completion.

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Virginia, 1985

Publications

Stevens, Madelyn N., Judy R. Dubno, Margaret I. Wallhagen, and Debara L. Tucci. “Communication and Healthcare: Self-Reports of People with Hearing Loss in Primary Care Settings..” Clin Gerontol 42, no. 5 (October 2019): 485–94. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2018.1453908.

Full Text

Emmett, Susan D., Chad K. Sudoko, Debara L. Tucci, Wenfeng Gong, James E. Saunders, James E. Global HEAR (Hearing Loss Evaluation, Advocacy, and Research) Collaborative:, Nasima Akhtar, et al. “Expanding Access: Cost-effectiveness of Cochlear Implantation and Deaf Education in Asia..” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 161, no. 4 (October 2019): 672–82. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599819849917.

Full Text

Tucci, Debara L., Edward D. McCoul, Richard M. Rosenfeld, David E. Tunkel, Pete S. Batra, Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, Susan R. Cordes, et al. “Clinical Consensus Statement: Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube..” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 161, no. 1 (July 2019): 6–17. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599819848423.

Full Text

Teixido, M. T., R. Zaveri, D. L. Tucci, F. A. Godley, A. Monfared, E. Esmati, and D. L. Witsell. “Chronic Migraine is Highly Prevalent in General Otolaryngology; A CHEER Network Study.” In Headache, 59:165–165. WILEY, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Wilson, Blake S., Debara L. Tucci, Gerard M. O’Donoghue, Michael H. Merson, and Helen Frankish. “A Lancet Commission to address the global burden of hearing loss..” Lancet 393, no. 10186 (May 25, 2019): 2106–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30484-2.

Full Text

Witsell, David L., Hillary Mulder, Steven Rauch, Kristine A. Schulz, and Debara L. Tucci. “Steroid Use for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A CHEER Network Study..” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 159, no. 5 (November 2018): 895–99. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599818785142.

Full Text

Lantos, Paul M., Gabriela Maradiaga-Panayotti, Xavier Barber, Eileen Raynor, Debara Tucci, Kate Hoffman, Sallie R. Permar, et al. “Geographic and Racial Disparities in Infant Hearing Loss..” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, October 9, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599818803305.

Full Text

Schulz, Kristine A., Elnaz Esmati, Frederick A. Godley, Claude L. Hill, Ashkan Monfared, Michael Teixido, Debara L. Tucci, and David L. Witsell. “Patterns of Migraine Disease in Otolaryngology: A CHEER Network Study..” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 159, no. 1 (July 2018): 42–50. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599818764387.

Full Text

Pages