Newswise — SAN DIEGO, CA— Among the new research to be presented Wednesday at the 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) in San Diego, CA, are several studies about hearing and ear health in children. The studies touch on hearing loss after ear tubes, iPhone otoscope app use by parents, and disparities in cochlear implantation across five different states—including California.

Evaluation of Hearing Outcomes after Tympanostomy Tube PlacementUsing a large patient database, researchers evaluate the incidence of hearing loss following ear tube insertion.

Abstract: http://oto.sagepub.com/content/155/1_suppl/P130.full#sec-13

iPhone Otoscopes: Reliable for Teleotoscopy in the Hands of Parents?An otoscope app may provide reliable and cost-effective images for physicians looking in children’s ears, but what about parental use of the app?Abstract: http://oto.sagepub.com/content/155/1_suppl/P130.full#sec-18

Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Disparities across Five StatesCalifornia, Florida, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky—researchers investigate and analyze differences in children receiving cochlear implants across the five states. Abstract: http://oto.sagepub.com/content/155/1_suppl/P130.full#sec-29

A full searchable schedule for the Annual Meeting is online at www.entannualmeeting.org. Abstracts of all the research to be presented are available at http://oto.sagepub.com/content/155/1_suppl.toc.

Information for the MediaThe AAO-HNSF offers press registration and interview facilitation for credentialed members of the news media and onsite workspace for those reporting from the meeting in San Diego. Additional information can be found online at http://www.entnet.org/content/press-information. 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 EXPOSM. Interested news media may request author interviews by contacting [email protected]

The Newsroom at the San Diego Convention Center (Room 17B) will be open Wednesday, September 21, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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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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