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Washington Post - August 8, 2015

Hearing Loss can creep up on you stealthily, with disturbing reprocussions 

Former president Jimmy Carter, 91, told the New Yorker recently that 90 percent of the arguments he has with Rosalynn, his wife of 70 years, are about hearing. “When I tell her, ‘Please speak more loudly,’ she absolutely refuses to speak more loudly, or to look at me when she talks,” he told the magazine. In response, the former first lady, 88, declared that having to repeat things “drives me up the wall.” Yet after both went to the doctor, much to her surprise, “I found out it was me!” she said. “I was the one who was deaf.”

Press Release - April 27, 2016

John Niparko, Founder of the Johns Hopkins Listening Center, Dies At 61

John Niparko, M.D., an internationally renowned otoneurologic surgeon and researcher whose extraordinary accomplishments as the founder of the Johns Hopkins Listening Center and pioneering innovator in cochlear implant procedures dramatically improved the lives of countless children and adults with hearing impairment, died on April 25 in Los Angeles.

Tribe Live - April 25, 2016

Advancing Treatments Help People Find Their Voices Again

The least treatable problems are neurological problems and vocal-cord scarring, said Dr. Lee Akst, director of laryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Neurological problems can rob a vocal cord's ability to tighten against the other cord, leaving space that weakens the voice, Akst said. 

The New York Times - April 20, 2016

Hearing Aid Prices Under Pressure Form Consumer Electronics 

The consumer electronics industry is encroaching on the hearing aid business, offering products that are far less expensive without the involvement of audiologists or other professionals. Dr. Frank Lin has evaluated some personal sound amplificiation products and said some cheaper ones can overampliy sound. "Some can be frankly dangerous," he said. 

Press Release - October 13, 2015

New $15 Million Gift from David Rubenstein Creates Center to Help Restore Hearing Loss

David M. Rubenstein, a philanthropist and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, will donate $15 million to the Department Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to create a new hearing center focused on restoring functional hearing loss.

Today Show - August 17, 2015

DIY braces? Bizarre online video trend worries orthodontists

"You wouldn't try to give yourself a nose job and by the same reasoning you shouldn't try to fix your own teeth," says Dr. Alexander Pazoki.

Scientific American - July 14, 2015

Vertigo knocks millions off their feet, and doctors are looking at ear implants to relieve it

Some patients have lost vestibular function in both ears. For them, Charles Della Santina, an otolaryngologist who studies inner ear disorders and directs the Johns Hopkins Vestibular NeuroEngineering Laboratory, and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins have been developing an implant that substitutes mechanical components for damaged inner ear anatomy.

Washington Post - July 14, 2015

That ringing in your ears? Don’t assume it will just fade away

The effect of noise is cumulative, insidious and, researchers say, irreversible. “Over the course of one’s lifetime, the damage builds up,”  said Paul Fuchs, a professor of otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Robb Report - July 2015

Face Time

Top techniques to rejuvenate your visage can help reveal the youthful spirit within.... “I always tell my patients that we are aiming for natural-looking results,” says Lisa Ishii, MHS, MD, facial plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

US News & World Report - June 18, 2015

Lip Injections May Ease Challenges of Facial Paralysis

People with facial paralysis may benefit from cosmetic lip surgery, a preliminary study finds. Facial paralysis is "a very large problem that can occur because of stroke, Bell's palsy, muscular dystrophy, trauma and birth defects," Dr. Kofi Boahene, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, said in a university news release.

ScienceDaily - May 5, 2015

How noise changes the way the brain gets information

Amanda Lauer was a co-author on a study on mice that showed that cells that relay information from the ear to the brain changed their behavior and structure in response to the noise level in the environment. Researchers think the adaptations could aid hearing in different conditions.

CBS News - April 13, 2015

Spring allergies get new treatment guidelines

Dr. Sandra Lin talks about spring environmental allergies that effect the sinuses and nasal passages, and the new treatment guidelines.

The Atlantic - April 20, 2015

Serendipity in Tonsillectomy

Dr. Carole Fakhry talks about research she led  about the case for removal of tonsils to reduce the number of HPV-associated head and neck cancer cases.

NPR - February 2, 2015

Acupuncture May Help With Nasal Allergies

Dr. Sandra Lin tells NPR about a number of successful treatment options for patients suffering from allergies including sublingual immunotherapy and acupuncture.