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Highlights: NYEE Joins House Research Institute

New York Times Best-Selling Author Lee Woodruff and local professionals on free program open to the public

NEW YORK, NY (May 2012) -- The House Research Institute will present Hear the Experts, an entertaining and informative evening dedicated to educating adults about common hearing health concerns affecting them or their friends and loved ones. Best-selling author and “CBS This Morning” contributor, Lee Woodruff, will be speaking as well as serving as the emcee for the evening.

The event - free to the public - will be held at the Directors Guild of America theater, 110 West 57th Street in New York City on May 15, 2012, from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:00 PM to exhibit area. View Larger Map

The program will engage the audience in a dynamic, interactive discussion about the hearing loss issues of greatest concern to the public today; common misconceptions about hearing loss; treatment options, including a realistic look at what today's hearing aids and implants can and cannot do; and the cell, molecular and genetic studies underway to uncover revolutionary treatment possibilities in the future.

Panelists for the Hear the Experts forum include Clinical Otologist and House Research Institute Researcher Joni K. Doherty, MD, PhD, FACS; the institute's EVP of Research Neil Segil, Ph.D.; and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Audiologist Elizabeth L. Davis, AuD/CCC-A.

The program is interactive. Audience voting equipment will be used to quiz the audience's knowledge on each question posed by the moderator before the experts shed light on the correct answers. A valuable prize will be awarded on stage to the audience member who answered the most questions correctly, followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A.

Hearing loss cases among adolescents has increased 30% over the course of the last decade, now affecting an estimated one in five teenagers. There are more than 36 million adults in America with reported cases of hearing loss; millions more cases of hearing loss remain unreported.

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary recently launched a multi-platform hearing loss awareness campaign aimed to encourage baby boomers to get their hearing tested. It includes a nationally-broadcast Public Service Announcement with world-renowned trumpeter and composer Chris Botti and narrated by Sting and an educational website:

To register for the May 15 event, please visit Long-time House Research Institute supporter Florence Henderson is lending her voice to the institute's campaign on Crowdrise,

Lee Woodruff As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family's journey to recovery following her husband Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. Woodruff is a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning,” reporting on a variety of home, current events and family related topics.

Collaborative Partners The House Research Institute is pleased to share this important evening with corporate partners Oticon Medical, Cochlear Americas and Amplicom USA, as well as collaborating partners from the New York City area: Children's Health Fund, Children's Tumor Foundation, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Hearing Health Foundation, and Lexington School for the Deaf. The sponsors and partners will have representatives on hand to introduce people to the options in services and technology for hearing health in the New York area.

About the House Research Institute The House Research Institute, formerly the 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 research the auditory system, at the level of function, as well as at the cellular, molecular and genetic levels. It shares knowledge with scientific and medical communities as well as the general public through education and outreach programs. For more information about the House Research Institute, please call (800) 388-8612 or (213) 483-4431, E-mail or visit

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