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Dr. Newman is a recipient of the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology by the American Academy of Audiology. This award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the audiology literature. Both Drs. Newman and Sandridge are recipients of the Research Award given by the Ohio Academy of Audiology. The latter award is received by individuals who have made significant contributions to audiology research and for mentoring other colleagues and students in conducting research.

Following is a brief summary highlighting some of the research completed or currently underway in the Audiology Research Laboratory.

  • Longitudinal benefits from and satisfaction with the BAHA hearing system for patients with acquired unilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Relationship between expectations and satisfaction for Baha implant system in patients with single-sided deafness. 
  • Development of cochlear implant test materials: Application of reverberation treatments simulating everyday listening environments.
  • The Tinnitus Functional Index: A new clinical measure for chronic, bothersome tinnitus.
  • The reliability and validity of a screening tool to identify otologic functional impairments in the elderly (SOFIE).
  • Self-efficacy and hearing aid satisfaction: Age and gender effects.
  • Spoken language outcomes in children with cochlear implants.
  • Multi-center Neuromonics study evaluating long-term benefits for patients with tinnitus.
  • Pediatric cochlear implant listening and spoken language outcomes.
  • Benefits associated with pediatric bilateral cochlear implants.
  • Reduced hearing handicap following cochlear implantation in adult.
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Otology

The Otology Section also is recognized for excellence in clinical and basic science research in adult sensorineural hearing loss (SHL). Dr. Hughes is Cleveland Clinic's principal investigator in a NIH-funded, five-year, multicenter study of intratympanic steroid treatment for sudden SHL. In autoimmune SHL, Dr. Hughes is co-investigator in an NIH grant submitted March 1st by Vincent Tuohy PhD of the Lerner Research Institute.

Research Fellow Hyun-Min Park MD from Seoul, Korea assists Dr. Tuohy in the laboratory this year. Dr. Tuohy’s and Dr. Hughes’ combined work exemplifies the type of translational research encouraged by Cleveland Clinic.

Pediatric ENT

Dr. Hirose completed a grant awarded by the American Hearing Research Foundation and the results of this work culminated in a manuscript submitted to the Journal of Comparative Neurology in December of 2004. She received a third grant this year totaling $225,000 from the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. This most recent grant brings Dr. Hirose’s grant awards to a total of $1,305,000 of direct costs. Two abstracts from Dr. Hirose’s work were presented at the 2004 Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, both of which received significant attention.

Dr. Hirose has also mentored Dr. James Chan during the academic year 2003-2004 and Dr. Nathan Sautter during the academic year 2004-2005. Under the guidance of Dr. Hirose, both Drs. Chan and Sautter were awarded the Resident Research Grant for $10,000 through the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Krakovitz has taken the helm from Dr. Koltai for the subcontract on the grant awarded to the BIOMEC Corporation on ultrasonic detection of middle ear effusion. This project has received continued support through the NIH through a small business innovation research grant totaling $1,420,922 of direct costs.

Vestibular & Balance Disorders

Selected Publications:

Hreib K, White J, Lucey M. "Cranial Nerve VIII — Vestibular." Netter’s Neurology, Ed. H. Royden Jones, Jr., MD, ICON Publishing, Teterboro New Jersey, 2005

White J, Oas J. "Apogeotropic nystagmus in lateral semicircular canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo." Neurology (suppl.1) 64(6):A12,2005.

White J. "Meniere’s and otosclerosis." Otoneurologia 2000 18:36-7, 2004.

White J. "Horizontal semicircular canal benign positional vertigo." Proceedings of the Barany Society XXIII International Congress, J. Vest. Res. 14(2,3):183-4, 2004.

White J. "Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo." Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, September 2004.

White J, Coale K, Catalano P, Oas J. "Lateral semicircular canal benign positional vertigo, diagnosis and management." Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, in press

White J, Savvides P, Cherian N, Oas J. "Canalith repositioning for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, an evidence based review." Otology and Neurotology, in press.

White J, Oas J. "Diagnosis and management of lateral semicircular canal conversions during particle repositioning therapy." Laryngoscope, in press.

White J, Oas J. "Meniere’s and migraine." Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Meniere’s, Los Angeles, CA, 2005, in press.

White J. "Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo," in Practical Management Approaches to the Dizzy Patient, Ed. P. Weber, Thieme Publishing, NY, NY. In press.

White J, Coale K, Beaudoin K, Catalano P, Cohen N, Oas J.  "Postural control in elderly patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo." Submitted to Journal of Vestibular Research.

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