Howard P. House, M.D., founded the Institution in 1946 as the Los Angeles Foundation of Otology, a private non-profit hearing research and educational facility. The House Ear Institute is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit foundation. The threefold mission of HEI encompasses otology Education, Research, and Global Health.
HEI has achieved an international reputation as a leader in its field through its applied otologic education programs. Through our Visiting Physicians Program, more than 26,000 specialists from 50 states and 68 countries have visited and studied at the Institute, taking their newfound knowledge to patients around the world. Learn more about HEI Education
House Ear Institute has long been a leader in defining the causes of hearing and balance disorders and improving sensory devices and diagnostic technologies. Our discoveries have led to improved treatments and care for millions of people around the world. For over five decades, House Ear Institute scientists have been engaged in an exploration of the auditory system from the ear canal through the inner ear and into the cortex of the brain. We have sought to improve hearing aids and auditory implants and develop innovative treatments and intervention methods.
Some of our research milestones include:
- Development of the team approach to Microscopic ear and skull base surgery, including the middle fossa approach and translabyrinthine approach to acoustic neuroma removal
- First cochlear implant system
- First digital hearing aid
- First auditory brainstem implant
- First functional hearing test (HINT)
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The House Ear Institute is involved in Global Health otology projects in several countries and works closely with collaborating organizations including Global ENT Outreach and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Learn more about HEI Global Health