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Foundations and Grants: CHI/NIH Cochlear Implants Study Announced

New York, NY. September 21, 2010 - The Children's Hearing Institute is proud to announce that The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary has been awarded a $2.5 million dollar grant by the NIH - National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. This prestigious grant will fund research led by Dr. Richard Schwartz, who has been conducting preliminary research (funded by The Children's Hearing Institute) at the Cochlear Implant Center for the past several years. 

Dr. Schwartz, who is the Presidential Professor in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at The Graduate Center CUNY, will collaborate with Dr. Derek Houston, Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and Elizabeth Ying, SLP of the Ear Institute at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

The research, to be conducted over the next five years, will investigate how children with cochlear implants acquire language compared with their normal-hearing peers. It is anticipated that the findings of the study will help improve approaches by therapists as they evaluate and work with very young children with cochlear implants, optimizing the way they learn speech and language. The grant will utilize control groups consisting of normal hearing children (ages 5-11) and children with cochlear implants (ages 7-11). If you are located in the New York City area and are interested in being part of this study, please contact Dr. Richard Schwartz at (646) 438-7838.

The Children’s Hearing Institute congratulates Dr. Schwartz and The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary on this significant accomplishment. 

About the Children’s Hearing Institute

Founded in 1983 by Dr. Simon Parisier and his wife Elaine, The Children’s Hearing Institute has dedicated itself to helping children with hearing loss and their families. In the past two and a half decades, The Institute has pioneered research, education, and therapeutic efforts that have immeasurably improved the lives of deaf children.

Among the Institute’s most significant accomplishments is its support of work with Cochlear Implants. In 1979, Dr. Parisier began his groundbreaking work with this device, which is surgically placed in the cochlea, restoring sound to deaf ears. Recognizing that surgical intervention alone would not ensure a child’s successful acquisition of the skills needed to develop listening, spoken language, thinking and learning, Dr. and Mrs. Parisier founded The Institute to develop and fund research and a variety of educational and clinical services that support a child’s development and education.

The Institute concentrates its efforts in three broad areas: support for education, clinical services, and research. For more information, please visit www.childrenshearing.org.

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