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Robert Virgil Shannon, American hearing researcher, psychophysicist. Achievements include patent on low cost cochlear implant, defined basic perceptual capabilities with prosthetic hearing, development of auditory brainstem implant, mathematical model of safety limits of electrical simulation of neurons.


Shannon, Robert Virgil was born on October 3, 1949 in Davenport, Iowa, United States. Son of Virgil J. and Violet J. (Grimmer) Shannon.


Bachelor in Psychology and Mathematics, University Iowa, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University California, San Diego, 1975. Post-doct. student psychophysics, Insurance for Perception, Netherlands, 1976.

Post-doct. student psychobiology, University California, Irvine, 1978.


Assistant research psychophysicist, University of California, San Francisco, 1978-1982;assistant professor research otolaryngology, University of California, San Francisco, 1982-1985;associate professor ear, nose, throat, Creighton U., Omaha, Nebraska, 1986-1989;coordinator sensory aids laboratory, Boys Town National Research Institute, Omaha, 1985-1989;director auditory implant research, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, since 1989. Adjunct associate professor of University Southern California, Los Angeles, since 1994. Ad hoc member hearing research study section National Institutes of Health/National Institute Deafness and Comm.

Disorders, Bethesda, Maryland., since 1994, member committee dis. review committee, since 1999. Technical consultant Science and Technology Commission, Henan Province, China, since 1993. Organizer, co-chair Conference in Implantable Audio Prostheses, since 1987.


Fellow Acoustical Society of America. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association Research in Otolaryngology, American Speech Language and Hearing Association.


Married Elaine H. Minehart, April 23, 1983. 1 child, Matthew S. Bare.