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House Ear Institute and USC Partner to Offer Online Hearing Course

LOS ANGELES -- December 2003 -- The House Ear Institute is now offering a public access link to a new USC Ageworks TM online educational program on "Hearing and the Aging Ear," part of an educational course series of The Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California (USC). USC Ageworks TM produced both the public and professional versions of the "Hearing and the Aging Ear" module through the partnership support of the House Ear Institute. The online version provides the general public with an educational overview of the hearing process and common hearing problems and covers four important aspects of hearing: how we hear, hearing evaluation, hearing changes with aging and the psychological effects of hearing loss.

While healthcare professionals who work with elderly patients can earn continuing education credits for participating in a more comprehensive CD version of the course, the public can take advantage of the program's animated illustrations and narrated presentations on hearing health topics, such as tinnitus and presbycusis (aging ear), for general information. 

"We are proud to offer this sophisticated new program module on hearing health, which was made possible through the valuable support and participation of the experts at the House Ear Institute," Marie Henke, Director of Online Multimedia Programs, USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

John W. House, M.D., president of the House Ear Institute and a Clinical Associate Professor in the USC College of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology, contributed to the production of this hearing course, and is featured in the Hearing Evaluation section.

"This course has wonderful illustrations and clear narratives, making the basic functions of the ear and its processes very accessible to a lay audience," says John W. House, M.D., House Ear Institute. "This is a great resource for our patients at the House Ear Clinic who frequently request access to more illustrative information on hearing and how the ear functions."

About the House Ear Institute

The House Ear Institute (HEI) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life. Established in 1946 by Howard P. House, M.D., as the Los Angeles Foundation of Otology, and later renamed for its founder, the House Ear Institute has been engaged in the scientific exploration of the auditory system from the ear canal to the cortex of the brain for more than 55 years.

Our scientists continue to explore the developing ear and ear diseases at the cell and molecular level, as well as the complex ear-brain interaction. They are also working to improve hearing aids and auditory implants, clinical treatments and intervention methods. 

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