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Cutting Edge Discussion On Age-Related Hearing Loss

June 26, 2017

Leading experts in the study of hair cells and hearing loss discussed state-of-the art developments in determining the genetic and environmental factors that cause Age-Related Hearing Impairment (ARHI) at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in Chicago, IL.

ARHI, also known as presbycusis, is the most common sensory impairment disorder in the elderly, affecting nearly 1 in 3 people between the ages of 65 and 75. It affects both ears equally due to gradual changes in the inner ear, causing the structure of the ear to become less responsive to sound waves.

The discussion focused on recent advances in basic science and how they can be translated to help prevent ARHI, especially with regards to inner ear hair cell loss.


Title: Fading Away: The Genetics of Age-Related Hearing Loss/Presbycusis
Presenters: John S. Oghalai, MD (moderator); Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD
Date: Tuesday, September 23

About the AAO-HNS

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (entnet/), one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents more than 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."

Source: Matt Daigle
American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery