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Physicians highlight ENT research to be presented during otolaryngology's annual meeting

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

ALEXANDRIA, VA--The latest research on hearing loss, head and neck cancers, sleep apnea and other otolaryngic topics will be presented in Dallas, TX, September 27-30, at the 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO? of the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), the largest annual meeting of ear, nose, throat, head and neck physicians in the world.

Abstracts of the research to be presented are now available online at The 2015 Annual Meeting features more than 380 oral and 180 poster presentations of new findings from across all areas of the specialty--from basic and translational science to clinical research and practice.

Physician members of the Annual Meeting's Program Advisory Committee have selected several oral presentations to highlight in recognition of research quality and innovation. Those studies include:

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?

An Analysis of Adverse Events Reported with Balloon Sinus Procedures
Balloon sinus procedures are growing in popularity and while complications are uncommon, some can be severe.

Palliative Therapy of the Primary Tumor in M1 Head and Neck Cancer
For patients with advanced head and neck cancer, are there benefits to palliative surgery and/or radiation therapy?

Long-term Outcomes of Cranial Nerve Stimulation for OSA
What are the long-term outcomes related to sleep and quality of life for patients with obstructive sleep apnea treated with cranial nerve stimulation?

Correlation of Pediatric Sleep Endoscopy with Polysomnography
Does the scoring of an anatomic obstruction in children with obstructive sleep apnea correlate with the number of apneas or hypopneas per hour and the lowest oxygen levels recorded during a sleep study?

Nerve Monitoring in Thyroid Surgery: Litigation Fears and Realities
Is fear of litigation a justifiable reason for using nerve monitoring during thyroid surgery?

Implementation of a Clinical Care Pathway for Epistaxis Management
Does establishing a care pathway improve management of patients with severe nosebleeds?

Ciprofloxacin Decreases Collagen in Tympanic Membrane Fibroblasts
How does the ciprofloxacin in ear drops affect the eardrum's collagen production and its capacity to heal?

Congenital Cholesteatoma: Results Using Over-Under Tympanoplasty
A congenital cholesteatoma is an abnormal growth beneath the eardrum, present from birth. Is this surgical technique a safe treatment option?

Magnesium Disorders Are Related to Hypocalcemia after Thyroidectomy
What role does magnesium have on low calcium blood levels after thyroid surgery, costs of care, and length of hospitalization?

The selected studies will be presented during the "Best of Orals" session on Sunday, September 27, at 10:00 am in Room C141 of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.


Information for the Media

The AAO-HNSF offers press registration, newsroom workspace, and interview facilitation for credentialed members of the news media reporting from Dallas. Pre-registration and additional information can be found online at 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

The Newsroom at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be open Sunday, September 27, at 8:00 am to Wednesday, September 30, at 12:00 pm.

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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