Keiko Hirose, MD, begins term as president of ARO

photo of Keiko Hirose, MD

Keiko Hirose, MD, professor of otolaryngology is the new president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). Dr. Hirose says, “it is truly an honor to be nominated and elected as president of ARO. The organization features some of the highest impact research in auditory neuroscience and provides a critical network of scientists and […]

Adult audiology: setting national standards for patient care

Audiology student examines ear of a patient

The standard of care is outstanding for most clinical specialties at Washington University/BJC, including audiology. At least that’s what the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) thinks. AAA chose Washington University’s adult audiology as a model for patient care for the development of two best practices guidelines. The first guideline outlined best practices for the selection, […]

New clinic provides the benefits of more comprehensive care

In the November edition, our first edition, of Under the Scope, we shared the exciting news about our CAM 11th  floor clinic expansion plans.   It is now complete! Designed to provide our patients the benefits of more comprehensive care, this expansion brings together all of our  adult  clinical services – otology, head and neck cancer, […]

Q & A with Team Leader Dawn Breeden

Operations Team Leader Dawn Breeden in her garden

You have a rather unique title. What are the duties of a Team Leader – Operations?  Well, I primarily make sure the office runs smoothly. That means I do whatever is needed at the time. I worked the front and back desks at our West County ENT clinic for 17 years. Then, after filling in […]

Using zebrafish as a model for human hearing and deafness

Hair cells are the exquisitely sensitive and inexhaustible sensory receptors of the auditory and vestibular systems. They function by transducing mechanical stimuli, such as sound, into nerve impulses that transmit sensory information to the brain. Features of hair cells that make them incredibly effective detectors of sound also make them vulnerable to damage from noise […]

Cancer survivors’ group meeting offers hope and reassurance

cancer survivors group meeting

The Head & Neck Cancer Survivorship Clinic meets the third Wednesday of each month, 6:00-7:00PM, in a large conference room at the Center for Advanced Medicine. You might think these meetings would be rather somber given the nature of this disease. You would be wrong. The patients, which number 15-20 on any given evening, are […]

What I did with my T32

Patient is treated for anosmia, or loss of sense of smell

The Washington University Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery is one of only eight otolaryngology training programs in the U.S. to offer the T32 grant for interdisciplinary research training in otolaryngology. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the T32 grant provides select individuals with funding to pursue two years of dedicated research training in […]

$10 million to study noise-induced hearing loss

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received $10.5 million from the Department of the Army to investigate whether an anti-seizure drug can prevent noise-induced hearing loss when given several hours before exposure to extremely loud noise.   Read more

Revealing the intricacies of inner ear drug delivery

If you wake up one morning with sudden deafness, experience dizziness as a result of Meniere’s disease, or if you have cochlear implant surgery, your doctor may choose to treat your ear with a locally applied drug. One limitation of this new approach is that most of the drugs in use have been repurposed from […]