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It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Aage Møller on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Our dear friend Aage has been extremely supportive of the Tinnitus Research Initiative since its beginning in 2006. Till his death he has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the TRI.

Originating from Denmark and trained at the Karolinska in Sweden, Aage moved to the US; in Pittsburg he became world famous for developing intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring, and later, when most people retire, he joined the University of Texas at Dallas, where he was still actively teaching till a few months ago.

Aage has published more than 200 scientific papers, more than 100 book chapters, more than 2 dozen books, and he edited among others the ‘Textbook of Tinnitus’. Throughout his long and fulfilled life, he was both a scientist and a communicator of science. Driven by a deep interest in the improvement of clinical care he always aimed to translate basic neuroscience into clinical applications.  And with never ending enthusiasm he communicated and educated neuroscientific findings for students and clinicians.

The way he did it is exemplary for his wonderful personality, kind yet firm, open-minded but no-nonsense, famous, yet humble, but above all, Aage was a man of dedication, dedication to the field of auditory neuroscience, dedicated to his students, not only in Dallas, but all over the world. This dedication also let to a second typical characteristic of Aage: courage. Scientifically he was unafraid to go beyond the trodden path.  He studied audiology, neuroscience, pain, fear, autism, intraoperative neurophysiology.

He developed the concept of maladaptive neuroplasticity as the cause of tinnitus generation and he also demonstrated that the clinical problem of tinnitus, which until then has been an enigma, can be approached by neuroscientific research.

He can truly be called the Father of Tinnitus Research, not only because of the scientific work he has performed, but because he has been a father to an entire generation of young tinnitus researchers, and with Aage’s death, the tinnitus field loses a pioneer, a teacher, an inspiration, and a friend for many.

We will always keep you in mind - Thank you, Aage!

 

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