Our global hearing health programs improve the lives of people with hearing loss on a local and global scale by increasing access to medical interventions, providing training to hearing health professionals, coordinating humanitarian efforts, and addressing health policy issues. With a dedicated team of practitioners totaling over 450 years of experience in research and humanitarian work, House Institute is uniquely positioned to offer technical and strategic expertise, conduct research amongst high-risk populations in remote areas, and contribute to a multi-sectoral approach to strengthening health systems and developing solutions for deafness and hearing loss worldwide.
HEI partners also with the international arm of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Foundation, through the humanitarian committee, the Panamerican committee, and efforts by individual HEI scientists and physicians. Ongoing collaborative global health projects are underway in China, Ecuador, Peru, Malawi, and Paraguay.
Dr. Sigfrid Soli, Senior Clinical Research Scientist, is co-director of a clinical research program at West China Hospital of Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, where he is a Guest Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. The goal of this research program is to develop pediatric outcome assessment materials and protocols for use with very young hearing impaired children who are treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants. The materials and protocols are based on the prior work of pediatric audiologists at the House Ear Institute and the House Clinic. This research has resulted in the development of evidence-based best practices for early intervention programs that can be used throughout China.
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