News Release

Impact of hearing loss and treatment options at various ages

New research releases during ENT's annual meeting

Peer-Reviewed Publication

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Dallas, TX--Hearing loss, estimated to affect upwards of 48 million people in the United States, will be a hot topic among new research presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO? of the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) in Dallas. The Annual Meeting, which runs Sunday through noon on Wednesday, features new research findings from across all areas of the otolaryngology specialty.

Several of the oral presentations slated for tomorrow and Monday look at the impact hearing loss and its treatment options have at different stages in life--from hearing problems in infants and children and the influence that has on their development, to how older adults are affected when their hearing begins to fade. Among the studies to be presented are:

Depression after Hearing Loss Treatment: Results from the SMART Study
Hearing loss in older adults is associated with depressive symptoms. Do hearing aids and cochlear implants help?

Middle Ear Findings for Children with Conductive Hearing Loss
What causes children to experience hearing loss in one ear?

Hearing Problems and Grade Repetition amongst U.S. Children
A study of 73.6 million children finds that hearing problems are associated with needing to repeat a grade in school.

The Assessment of Intellectual Development with CI in Children
Decreased verbal ability affects children's intellectual development, especially cognition and social-emotional responses. So what's the intellectual progression for children with cochlear implants?

Long-term Results and Prognostic Factors in Adult Cochlear Implants
Does age or prior hearing aid use affect outcomes in adult cochlear implantation?

Systematic Review of Pediatric Auditory Brainstem Implant Outcomes
Are auditory brainstem implants a reasonable option for deaf children who are not candidates for cochlear implants?

Outcomes of Primary and Revision Pediatric ABI Surgery
Experience with auditory brainstem implants in the United States is limited. Is this a safe and effective method of hearing rehabilitation for infants who are not candidates for cochlear implants?

Hearing Impairment and Anxiety in Older Adults
Hearing loss is highly prevalent in older adults. Do those with mild or moderate hearing impairment have increased odds of anxiety?

A full searchable schedule for the Annual Meeting is online at Abstracts of all the research to be presented are available at

Information for the Media

The AAO-HNSF offers press registration, newsroom workspace, and interview facilitation for credentialed members of the news media. Research abstracts are available in advance of the meeting but in-depth content and quotes collected from author interviews are embargoed until the date and time of presentation at the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO. Interested news media may request author interviews by contacting Additional information can be found online at

The Newsroom, located across the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Sky Bridge in Room Arts District 7 of the Omni Hotel, will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday.


About the AAO-HNS/F

The American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 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 AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."

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