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NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Established in 1988, NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function. NIDCD has focused national attention on disorders of human communication and has contributed to advances in biomedical and behavioral research that will improve the lives of millions of individuals with communication disorders.

Review Date: August 11, 2011

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Better Hearing Institute

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. Founded in 1973, BHI is working to (1) erase the stigma and end the embarrassment that prevents millions of people from seeking help for hearing loss (2) show the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss for millions of Americans (3) promote treatment and demonstrate that this is a national problem that can be solved. BHI uses the media, the web site and other communications forums to give the facts about hearing loss and promote better hearing; produces and disseminates educational materials; conducts authoritative research on the incidence of hearing loss, the benefits of treatment, the consequences of ignoring it and related topics; operates a call center for consumers who have questions about hearing loss. (Call 1-800-EARWELL.)

Review Date: April 28, 2011

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House Research Institute

The House Research Institute (formerly House Ear Institute) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with hearing loss and related disorders through scientific research, patient care, and the sharing of knowledge. Institute scientists investigate hearing loss and ear disease at the cellular, molecular and genetic levels, as well as the complex neurological interactions between the auditory system and brain. The researchers also study ways to improve auditory implants, diagnostics, clinical treatments and intervention methods. Outreach programs for the public serve people with hearing loss and related disorders as well as offer information about general hearing health and hearing conservation.

Review Date: October 27, 2011

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