HISTORY OF OTOLOGYThe Father of the Electrical Stimulation of the EarMarchese-Ragona, Rosario∗; Pendolino, Alfonso Luca∗; Mudry, Albert†; Martini, Alessandro∗Author Information ∗Department of Neurosciences, Otolaryngology Section, University of Padova, Padova, Italy †Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California Address correspondence and reprint requests to Alfonso Luca Pendolino, M.D., Department of Neurosciences (DNS), Otolaryngology Section, University of Padova, Via Giustiniani 2, 35128, Padova, Italy; E-mail: [email protected] Funding sources: None. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Otology & Neurotology: March 2019 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 404-406 doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000002153 Buy Metrics Abstract The Italian physicist Count Alessandro Volta, inventor of the electric battery, is considered the first scientist to have stimulated the ear with electricity, and the results of his experiments were presented in June 1800, at a meeting held by the Royal Society of London. Just recently, Mudry reported an electrical stimulation of the ear performed in 1748 by Benjamin Wilson (1721–1788), a British painter and scientist. After a thorough review of the literature available from the 18th century, we found that the first electrical stimulation of the ear was done in 1747, by a scientist in Bologna, Giuseppe Veratti. © 2019, Otology & Neurotology, Inc.